Taunton Titans - Match centre

Henley Hawks
Taunton Titans
Full time
F Fraser, C Harbison, N Mason
G Kingdom (2)
G Kingdom (2)
Sat 1 Apr 15:00 - RFU National League - National League 2 South

Kingdom Does it Again

The Titans win again thanks to a kick from Donkey

This was another entertaining game between the two sides which went down to the last kick of the game. It was Henley that started the brightest catching the Titans cold and scoring within 2 minutes with a try from a driving maul scored by flanker Tom Hall. The game then went back and forth with some strong defence on both sides.

The Titans then took the lead when from a turnover a couple of meters from touch the ball was popped to Freddie Fraser who showed great pace to tip toe down the touch line evading the covering defence. With Gary Kingdom kicking the conversion it made the score 5 – 7. Ten minutes later with a scrum just outside the Henley 22 number 8 Sam Prior picked the ball from the base and even though he went the wrong way he manged to fend off the defence to slip the ball to flanker Conor Harbison who fended off two would be tacklers to run in the try from the 22.

The conversion was missed but the Titans had a 7 point lead. The Titans then went through a period of giving up possession and conceding penalties and with the hosts on the Titans try line one penalty too many saw Dan Frost sent to the sin bin. From the resulting penalty prop David Manning barged his way over, Liam O’Neill then kicked the conversion on the stroke of half time to tie the game.

Once again it was the hosts that started the half the best and O’Neill showed great pace to score in the corner. He converted his own try giving Henley a 19 -12 lead. Kingdom then kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit before Henley extended their lead with their bonus point try scored by winger Sam Portland.

The Titans were now 9 points down 24 – 15 and went on the attack. The visitors were camped in the Henley 22 and after several penalties Lewis Webb delayed his pass to Captain Nick Mason who hit a great line to go in under the posts. Kingdom added the simple conversion to bring the Titans within 2.

With time running out the Titans were on their own line when a penalty turnover from Dan Frost gave them a lifeline. They kicked to touch and from the lineout went looking for the winning score. Henley conceded another penalty and as the Titans tapped and went the chance looked to have gone but the hosts conceded another penalty on the left hand touch line. Kingdom pointed to the posts and kept his nerve to send the ball sailing between the posts to give the Taunton another last minute win 24 – 25.

Key moments

19:00
Try Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
20:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
28:00
Try Conor Harbison scores for Taunton Titans
58:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
74:00
Try Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
75:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom 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 0 - 25
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
80:00 Player of the Match
Conor Harbison is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
75:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
74:00 Try 0 - 20
Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
70:00 Sub On
Alex Spurdle is substituted on for Taunton Titans
70:00 Sub Off
Charlie Tribble is substituted off for Taunton Titans
66:00 Sub On
Dan Frost is substituted on for Taunton Titans
66:00 Sub Off
Tim Thompson is substituted off for Taunton Titans
64:00 Sub On
Jon Gatford is substituted on for Taunton Titans
64:00 Sub Off
Alex Spurdle is substituted off for Taunton Titans
58:00 Penalty 0 - 15
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
49:00 Sub On
Tomas Rhodes is substituted on for Taunton Titans
49:00 Sub Off
Alec Chase is substituted off for Taunton Titans
49:00 Sub On
Aaron Gibbs is substituted on for Taunton Titans
49:00 Sub Off
Dan Frost is substituted off for Taunton Titans
40:00 Yellow Card
Dan Frost is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
35:00 Sub On
Stuart Persey is substituted on for Taunton Titans
35:00 Sub Off
Blake Lugg is substituted off for Taunton Titans
28:00 Try 0 - 12
Conor Harbison scores for Taunton Titans
20:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
19:00 Try 0 - 5
Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Henley Hawks
  • Taunton Titans
  • 0
  • Freddie Fraser Try 19:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 20:00'
  • Conor Harbison Try 28:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub On 35:00'
  • Blake Lugg Sub Off 35:00'
  • Dan Frost Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Tomas Rhodes Sub On 49:00'
  • Alec Chase Sub Off 49:00'
  • Aaron Gibbs Sub On 49:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub Off 49:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 58:00'
  • Jon Gatford Sub On 64:00'
  • Alex Spurdle Sub Off 64:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub On 66:00'
  • Tim Thompson Sub Off 66:00'
  • Alex Spurdle Sub On 70:00'
  • Charlie Tribble Sub Off 70:00'
  • Nick Mason Try 74:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 75:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 80:00'
  • Conor Harbison 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
Prior, Sam Prior, Sam
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Harbison, Conor Harbison, Conor
Lugg, Blake Lugg, Blake
Lonsdale, Sean Lonsdale, Sean
Tribble, Charlie Tribble, Charlie
Spurdle, Alex Spurdle, Alex
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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