Newcastle Falcons lock Scott MacLeod is expecting a physical contest when his side travel to eighth place Rotherham Titans this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Speaking to Falcons TV, the Scotland international, 33, admits the South Yorkshire outfit will be a formidable proposition upfront.
“Rotherham have a big pack and it will be a big battle in the mauls and around the ruck area,” said MacLeod.
“There as big a team as I’ve seen this season, and it was a battle when they came up to Kingston Park,” added the charismatic Scot.
MacLeod got on the score sheet with a try in the reverse fixture on Tyneside back in October as the Falcons weathered the elements to secure a comfortable 33-0 bonus-point win.
The Hawick-born experienced campaigner also got in on the try-scoring act during the 50-3 victory over Cornish Pirates last weekend. Attacking prowess aside, MacLeod insists the most pleasing aspect of the Falcons’ game at present is defence.
Not conceding a try since New Year’s Day, MacLeod hopes the northeasterners can continue the theme in the land of the Chuckle brothers.
“The fact that we haven’t conceded a try since the Doncaster game is very pleasing for us,” said MacLeod.
We still have some aspects of our defence to work on, and there were still a few holes in our last game where we let boys break through, but the cover defence was solid.
“Defence wins games these days, and if you can turn defence into attack, and be positive and dominant in that area it can be a massive attribute in winning a game,” he added.
You can watch more of MacLeod’s interview with Falcons TV by clicking here.