UEL Titans Look For Revenge

Rising East reporter Jahin Shamsuddin looks ahead to what promises to be a lively encounter for the Titans' first game of the season, against last season's adversaries Greenwich Mariners

After having their games against Anglia Ruskin and Essex Blades postponed until next year, the Titans will now take their attention to the Greenwich Mariners who they play on the 11th December.

Controversial

Last season, Greenwich did the double over the Titans in controversial fashion as they had to play both games away. They not only were playing two away games, but also had travel  to Greenwich with only half the squad which meant they were at an immediate disadvantage.

It was clear that the Titans would struggle as both games were one-sided. In the first match between the two, Greenwich won 12-0, and two players were ejected from the game, one for each side – Titans’ Emmanuel Odray Samuel for what was deemed over-aggressive play, while an opponent was dismissed for repeated dissent agains the officials.

In the second game, the Mariners cruised to a convincing 30-0 victory. Having not scored in either games, the Titans will be looking to change that when they meet up next.

The defeats will be in the minds of the Titans players’ as they look to avenge the losses they suffered last season.

Bad start

However, it has been a tough start to the season for the Mariners as they are already 0-2 having been defeated by Queen Mary University 14-6 and by Canterbury Christchurch 26-0. Greenwich are currently on a three-match losing streak and that could affect their mentality when they face the Titans on Sunday.

UEL will be looking to start their season with a 100% record whereas Greenwich will be looking for their first win of the season after being dominant the whole of last campaign, winning seven out of seven and maintaining their unbeaten season.