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.