Taunton Titans - Match centre

Taunton Titans
Barnstaple
N Mason (2), T East
Full time
G Kingdom, T East
G Kingdom
Sat 11 Mar 14:00 - RFU National League - National League 2 South

Kingdom seals the win with the last kick of the game

In another poor Titans performance the team comes from behind to win thanks to the boot of Gary Kingdom

The out of sorts Titans for the second week came up against a team fighting for points and were once again second best but have the boot of Gary Kingdom to thank for scraping the win with a last-minute penalty.

The Titans started brightly with a try through centre Nick Mason after 5 minutes. After keeping the ball for over 10 phases the ball was fed wide for Mason to slide his way in to score. The Titans continued to attack but failed to turn pressure in to any further points. On the 20 minutes mark Barnstaple took the lead with a try scored by flanker Matt Ghol. With Taunton reduced to 14 men with Toby East getting a yellow card Barnstaple kicked to the corner and from the resulting lineout drove over for Ghol to score, with Jordan Petherbridge adding the difficult conversion. From the kick off the Titans claimed the ball and Mason claimed his 2nd try as the Titans recycled quick ball. Kingdom added the extras to give the Titans a 12 – 7 lead which they took into half time.

Straight from the start of the second half the Titans attacked and fly half Toby East managed to find a miss match and squeezed over in the corner and with Kingdom adding the touchline conversion the hosts had a 19 – 7 lead. The game was then delayed for over an hour as Barnstaple and Cornwall player Ben Hilton received lengthy treatment before being taken to hospital for assessment. When the game resumed, it was the visitors that looked the sharper, hungry from the delay and kept Taunton pinned in their own 22 for prolonged periods.

After camping on the Titans line, which had led to a second yellow card for the Titans as Blake Lugg was sent for a rest, the defence was breached and Barnstaple scored a try from scrum half James Bath, who took advantage of no cover on the blind side of the ruck to dive over. This was followed 10 minutes later with another try this one scored by centre Ryan Carter. With Petherbridge converting both it gave Barnstaple a 2 point lead with 3 minutes to go.

Barnstaple secured the kick off but the Titans still had time and managed to gain the turnover and then the penalty for Kingdom to save the day on the final whistle.

Key moments

4:00
Try Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
23:00
Try Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
24:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
42:00
Try Toby East scores for Taunton Titans
43:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
80:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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80:00 Penalty 22 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
78:00 Sub On
Nick Mason is substituted on for Taunton Titans
78:00 Sub Off
Toby East is substituted off for Taunton Titans
66:00 Sub On
Will Siddle is substituted on for Taunton Titans
66:00 Sub Off
Blake Lugg is substituted off for Taunton Titans
60:00 Sub On
Bradley Field is substituted on for Taunton Titans
60:00 Sub Off
Nick Mason is substituted off for Taunton Titans
56:00 Yellow Card
Blake Lugg is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub On
Stuart Persey is substituted on for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub Off
Dan Frost is substituted off for Taunton Titans
43:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
42:00 Try 17 - 0
Toby East scores for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
24:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
23:00 Try 10 - 0
Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
19:00 Yellow Card
Toby East is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
4:00 Try 5 - 0
Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • Barnstaple
  • 0
  • Nick Mason Try 4:00'
  • Toby East Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Nick Mason Try 23:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 24:00'
  • Toby East Try 42:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 43:00'
  • Blake Lugg Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub On 56:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub Off 56:00'
  • Bradley Field Sub On 60:00'
  • Nick Mason Sub Off 60:00'
  • Will Siddle Sub On 66:00'
  • Blake Lugg Sub Off 66:00'
  • Nick Mason Sub On 78:00'
  • Toby East Sub Off 78:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 80:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Massy-Birch, Oliver Massy-Birch, Oliver
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
Popham, Tom Popham, Tom
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
East, Toby East, Toby
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Gibbs, Aaron Gibbs, Aaron
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Harbison, Conor Harbison, Conor
Lugg, Blake Lugg, Blake
Lonsdale, Sean Lonsdale, Sean
Claydon, Tom Claydon, Tom
Gatford, Jon Gatford, Jon
Chase, Alec Chase, Alec

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2. Old Elthamians 30 122
3. Chinnor 30 122
4. Taunton Titans 30 105
5. Redruth 30 101
6. Redingensians 30 87
7. Cinderford 30 84

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