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Rotherham set the stage for a huge clash against top-of-the-table Leeds Tykes in their bid for promotion and a return to third-tier rugby.

We start this week’s rugby round-up by heading over to the National 2 North, as Rotherham Titans faced a gutsy Hull side. Despite the win, Rotherham were certainly made to work, highlighting yet again their grit and determination to find a result in every game they play.

The Titans ended the game by outscoring Hull by three tries to nil with Will Milner, Charlie Caps and Matt Challinor going over for Roth. Lloyd Hayes continued his impressive form by added thirteen points between the posts to post a 28-9 in favour of the Titans.

Rotherham, who currently sit second in the league, are set to face early pacesetters Leeds Tykes at The Sycamores this weekend. The Tykes are currently the only other undefeated team in the competition, leading the way by 7 points whilst Rotherham having a game in hand.

We’ll be there this weekend to bring you as much coverage as possible from this ‘clash of the Titans’. Be sure to follow us on our links at the bottom of this blog for all the latest content.

Will the Tykes extend their lead in the league? Will Rotherham bridge the gap? We’ll find out on Saturday!

Over in the Welsh Indigo Premiership, Pontypridd faced mid-table rivals Aberavon. After suffered a series of setbacks in the final quarter of the game with Ponty going down to thirteen men, amazingly they managed to hold on; seeing out the game and taking all four points.

With this victory, Ponty claimed their fourth win of this year’s campaign, beating Aberavon 10-16 as the whistle blew for full-time. The result means Ponty have now overtaken Aberavon in the table, closing the gap on those teams ahead of them. There are now only four points difference between eighth and fifth place! Pontypridd will look to extend their winning run as they return home to face Carmarthen Quinns on Thursday; a game that’ll be broadcast live on S4C and on our Scimitar Custom Facebook page.

Elsewhere, Ebbw Vale travelled to face second placed Newport. In what looked to be a contender for game of the week prior to kick-off, it was Newport who drew first blood with a try from hooker Henry Palmer.

Ebbw Vale came from behind to take the lead twice in the first half. The Steelmen’s lead was extended in the opening five minutes of the second half. Newport, however, were not giving up easily as they responded immediately to close the deficit once again. As Ebbw Vale continued to add to their points tally between the posts,  they were able to see out the game by 28 points to 20.

The Steelmen’s victory means they are now level on points with Pontypool in fourth place, and only one point behind Newport who sit second. Ebbw Vale will look to benefit from tough fixtures elsewhere in the league this week as second-place Newport faces reigning champions Llandovery while the Steelmen face a softer opponent (on paper) in Swansea, who have really struggled to gain momentum this season.

Back to England and the Regional 2 Midlands West league, Scimitar had both Hereford and Worcester in action. Despite battling hard, Hereford were beaten by five points with the game finishing 15-20 to the away side Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Elsewhere, a depleted Worcester side were up against it from the start against top-of-the-league Newent at home. It was a much closer game than anticipated, however, with Newent edging the home side out by 15-34.

Next up, Hereford prepare to face ninth-place Shipston on Stour away from home a week on Saturday. Worcester will also look to bridge the gap, travelling to Stratford-Upon-Avon away on the same day.

It was a mixed bag of results this weekend in Counties 2 Midlands West (East) league as Barkers Butts faced Southam at home while Woodrush, also at home, faced second-placed Veseyans.

Barkers Butts continued their impressive form with a 39-7 scoreline, besting a good Southam side to make it six games undefeated with the addition of an away team walkover. Woodrush unfortunately collapsed to a heavy defeat; beaten 14-43 by a strong Veseyans side.

Looking ahead, Woodrush will look to redeem themselves when they play Coventrians on the second of December while Barkers Butts will face their biggest challenge yet as they look to stay on their unbeaten run as they face Veseyans.

In Counties 2 (Surrey), Chipstead (coming off the back of two consecutive wins against Law Society and Old Wimbledonians) faced Old Whitgiftians. It was a dominant display as Chipstead beat Old Whitgiftian’s 30-10 to take the points on the day. Chipstead, who currently sit fourth in the table, are now only one point behind Old Caterhamians in third place. With results elsewhere going their way Chipstead will be looking to climb the league on the first weekend of December as they face Old Blues away from home.

Finally, and a welcome new addition to the Rugby Roundup, we head over to Round 7 of the BUCS Super League as Swansea faced Leeds Beckett University. Despite a strong performance from Swansea scoring three converted tries, the clinical visitors easily outscored the Swans and took all of the points with a 21-47 victory. Looking ahead to tonight’s fixture, Swansea will be looking to pick up on their as they are set to face a tough Loughborough side in Round Eight of the Super League.

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