YORKSHIRE Carnegie No8 Ryan Burrows knows his former side Rotherham Titans will target their ill-discipline in tomorrow’s derby at Clifton Lane.
Both sides opened the Championship campaign with victories last weekend, Rotherham winning at newly-promoted Ealing Trailfinders 24-23 with the final kick of the match from Tom Barrett and Carnegie defeating Jersey 39-22 at Headingley.
However, Carnegie – who hope to finally return to the Premiership at the end of this season – trailed at half-time and were blighted by a raft of penalties awarded against them.
Burrows admits they will be made to pay if they act the same way tomorrow.
“A lot of the discipline issues were our errors rather than the referee making decisions,” he said.
“We allowed him to do that by us being poor. A lot of them were 50/50s we definitely shouldn’t have gone for and we’ve addressed that this week.
“We’ve said we’re aiming for a very disciplined performance and hopefully we’ll follow that through.
“We were disappointed with the penalties we conceded at line-out time.
“Rotherham will see that game and want to challenge us there and we have to rise to that challenge again and again.
“We were pleased with how we played as a forward pack overall and took a lot of positives out of that but can’t rest on our laurels now.”
Indeed, Burrows admits there has been a real examination from head coach Bryan Redpath about their discipline.
“There was some home truths on Tuesday and that’s probably what we needed,” he said.
“Although we got five points it was not the performance we were after and we know that going forward we need to be better at Rotherham.
“We’ve trained well and are looking forward to getting involved at the weekend.
“We know what to expect from Rotherham and we know just how tough a place Clifton Lane is to go to.
“We both had a win last week but I’m sure, like us, they will want to improve on their performance. There are quite a few new faces in both teams and it does take time for new squads to settle in. However I think everyone knows what to expect in a passionate derby on Sunday.”
Redpath has made six changes to the side that defeated Jersey.
Wingers Andy Forsyth and David Doherty come in with Seb Stegmann and James Fitzpatrick reverting to the bench while Jack Walker starts at hooker, loosehead Lee Imiolek replaces Charlie Beech, Chris Walker swaps places with Andy Saull in the back-row with Tom Ryder earning a starting place ahead of Dean Schofield.
Furthermore, in a positional switch, captain Chris Jones starts at blindside flanker, Mike Myerscough moving into the second-row.
Rotherham coach Mark Jones has made just two changes to his starting line-up with Lloyd Hayes returning in the centre for Will Owen and Jack Preece starting at hooker in place of Charlie Maddison.
He added: “We need to improve quickly if we are going to keep winning games in this league, particularly as we’ll face a massive challenge from Carnegie; they have a massive squad with high-calibre players.”