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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Taunton Titans
London Irish WG
F Fraser (3), T Thompson, N Mason
Full time
G Kingdom (4)
G Kingdom (2)
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - RFU National League - National League 2 South

Titans tame the Wild Geese as Fraser runs in 3

Taunton Titans got back to somewhere near their potential scoring 5 tries as well as giving several fringe players their chance.

This was another entertaining game ay Hyde Park with some wonderful individual and team tries scored by both teams.

The Titans opened the scoring with a penalty through Gary Kingdom before the first try of the game went to London Irish with prop Kerry O’Sullivan going over after a couple of great breaks by scrum half Thomas Baker. This gave the visitors the lead before the Titans scored a converted try through Freddie Fraser. With the Titans throwing into a lineout just inside the Irish half, the ball was won and spread to the opposite side of the field. The ball was quickly recycled and with two long passes by Kingdom and Lewis Webb, Fraser found himself in the same place where the lineout was formed and used hi pace to wrong foot the covering defence and run in under the posts. Kingdom kicked the conversion before adding a second penalty.

The game then swung back and forth before Wild Geese winger George Owen showed great pace after some soft Titans defence saw him break the attempting tackles and outpace the cover and make the half time score 13 – 10.

Early in the second half London Irish kicked a penalty through Oliver Turner, after Titans Dan Frost was sent to the sin bin, to tie the score before the hosts took control. From a scrum just outside the Irish 22 Sam Prior barged his way forward before Sean Lonsdale carried it even further. The ball was made available and sent across the field where some good accurate passing allowed Nick Mason to drop the ball back inside to winger Tim Thompson, who was making his first start for the Titans, to score.

A lineout on the halfway was won by the Titans and with Prior, who was back to his rampaging best drawing in the defence once again with a couple of drives the ball was skilfully spread out wide. Centre Tom Popham then took on the defence and managed to off load to Fraser who this time used all of his deceptive strength to break the tackles and went in for his second with Kingdom converting. Irish then mauled over a try with hooker Karl Gibson claiming the touch down after some concerted pressure, and with Turner converting it made it a 5 point game with 15 minutes to go.

The home side then started to up the pace and Fraser scored his hat trick try with one of the tries of the season. The home pack were doing a lot of damage to the opposition 8 and stole a lineout on the halfway line. The packed drove it on before releasing the backs. The ball was shipped out to Thompson who took it to the Wild Geese 10 meter line and switched with Fraser. He then took the tackle and slipped the ball out the back to Mason who did exactly the same and popped it back to Fraser to score. Captain Nick Mason then intercepted as the Wild Geese tried to play their way out of their 22 and gently dotted down under the posts. Kingdom converted both to put a gloss on the score.

This wasn’t the Titans at their best but the second half showed that if they keep to what they are good at, keeping the ball, running hard and using the space they can score tries at will. Hopefully this will be the lesson they needed for the rest of the season.

Key moments

9:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
18:00
Try Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
19:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
31:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
54:00
Try Tim Thompson scores for Taunton Titans
60:00
Try Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
61:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
70:00
Try Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
71:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
78:00
Try Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
79:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Freddie Fraser is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
79:00 Conversion 39 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
78:00 Try 37 - 0
Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
75:00 Sub Off
Charlie Tribble is substituted off for Taunton Titans
75:00 Sub On
Josh Mynett is substituted on for Taunton Titans
71:00 Conversion 32 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
71:00 Sub Off
Sam Prior is substituted off for Taunton Titans
71:00 Sub On
Tom Hooper is substituted on for Taunton Titans
70:00 Try 30 - 0
Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub Off
Conor Harbison is substituted off for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub On
Alex Spurdle is substituted on for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub Off
Jon Gatford is substituted off for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub On
Dan Frost is substituted on for Taunton Titans
61:00 Conversion 25 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
60:00 Try 23 - 0
Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub On
Stuart Persey is substituted on for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub Off
Blake Lugg is substituted off for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub Off
Dan Frost is substituted off for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub On
Aaron Gibbs is substituted on for Taunton Titans
54:00 Try 18 - 0
Tim Thompson scores for Taunton Titans
44:00 Yellow Card
Dan Frost is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
31:00 Penalty 13 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
27:00 Sub On
Sam Prior is substituted on for Taunton Titans
27:00 Sub Off
Aaron Gibbs is substituted off for Taunton Titans
19:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
18:00 Try 8 - 0
Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
9:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • London Irish WG
  • 0
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 9:00'
  • Freddie Fraser Try 18:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 19:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub On 27:00'
  • Aaron Gibbs Sub Off 27:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 31:00'
  • Dan Frost Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Tim Thompson Try 54:00'
  • Aaron Gibbs Sub On 56:00'
  • Blake Lugg Sub Off 56:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub Off 56:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub On 56:00'
  • Freddie Fraser Try 60:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 61:00'
  • Alex Spurdle Sub On 62:00'
  • Jon Gatford Sub Off 62:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub On 62:00'
  • Conor Harbison Sub Off 62:00'
  • Freddie Fraser Try 70:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 71:00'
  • Tom Hooper Sub On 71:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub Off 71:00'
  • Josh Mynett Sub On 75:00'
  • Charlie Tribble Sub Off 75:00'
  • Nick Mason Try 78:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 79:00'
  • Freddie Fraser Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Thompson, Tim Thompson, Tim
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
Popham, Tom Popham, Tom
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Massy-Birch, Oliver Massy-Birch, Oliver
Gibbs, Aaron Gibbs, Aaron
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Harbison, Conor Harbison, Conor
Lugg, Blake Lugg, Blake
Lonsdale, Sean Lonsdale, Sean
Tribble, Charlie Tribble, Charlie
Gatford, Jon Gatford, Jon
Chase, Alec Chase, Alec
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1. Bishop's Stortford 30 129
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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