Taunton Titans - Match centre

Chinnor
Taunton Titans
Full time
J Gatford (2), A Gibbs, L Webb
G Kingdom (3)
G Kingdom
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - RFU National League - National League 2 South

Titans lose as Chinnor show their worth

From a 12 point half time lead the Titans succumbed to a Chinnor side full of experience.

Chinnor proved the league table right when they came from behind to claim the full 5 points they required to stay in the mix for a play off place with one week to go, however the Titans pushed them all the way.

It was the home side that started brightly putting the Titans under pressure early on and from a powerful scrum that turned over the Titans ball the Chinnor number 8 Tom Burns crashed over. Former Cornish Pirate & Gloucester fly half John Bentley converted to give the home side a 7 – 0 lead.

Taunton then started to get into the game and started to get the upper hand against Chinnor’s large pack. While under pressure the Chinnor back row Alex Bradley got a yellow card and with a kick to the corner from the penalty the Titans pack rumbled forward for hooker Jon Gatford to score, with Gary Kingdom converting from the try line to tie the score. The visitors then took the lead when number 8 Arron Gibbs showed great strength to power over and with Kingdom’s conversion it made the score 7 – 12. Taunton then extended their lead on the stoke of half time with a carbon copy of the first try when from a kick to the corner the pack drove over for Gatford to claim his 2nd. Kingdom converted from the touchline once again and gave the Titans a 7 – 19 lead at half time.

Chinnor are unbeaten at home in the league this season and the second half showed why. After 5 minutes Burns claimed his 2nd try to close the gap to 5 points. Kingdom then kicked a penalty before Chinnor took control. With a yellow card for Titans captain Nick Mason for a deliberate knock on and the referee awarding a penalty try in the process the home side closed the gap to 3 points with Bentley’s conversion.

While Taunton were down to 14 men Chinnor showed their experience and used the extra man well scoring a further 2 tries and finishing the game as a contest. First over was winger Charles Broughton followed by centre Daniel Barns and with Bentley converting one of them they took a 31 – 22 lead.

The Titans tried to get back into the game but a turnover lead to a further try for Chinnor scored by hooker Jamie Townsend and coverted by former Redruth scrum half Greg Goodfellow giving them a 16 point lead with 5 minutes to go.

Taunton pushed for a bonus point try and were rewarded in the last minute when scrum half Lewis Webb belly flopped over the line. Then a full blown skirmish erupted from nowhere before Kingdom could kick the conversion and bring the game to a strange end with the home side deserved winners.

The game was played by two good teams that were 3rd and 4th in the league and it showed as every mistake was punished the Titans scored 14 points while they had the man advantage but it was unfortunate for the Titans that while they were down to 14 Chinnor scored 19 and capitalised on a mistake for their last try as well. Hopefully this will be something that the Titans will learn from because these two teams could still be meeting next season.

Key moments

25:00
Try Jon Gatford scores for Taunton Titans
26:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
28:00
Try Aaron Gibbs scores for Taunton Titans
29:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
39:00
Try Jon Gatford scores for Taunton Titans
47:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
79:00
Try Lewis Webb scores for Taunton Titans
80:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 0 - 29
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
79:00 Try 0 - 27
Lewis Webb scores for Taunton Titans
73:00 Sub On
Aaron Gibbs is substituted on for Taunton Titans
73:00 Sub Off
Sean Lonsdale is substituted off for Taunton Titans
66:00 Sub On
Alec Chase is substituted on for Taunton Titans
66:00 Sub Off
Tomas Rhodes is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Yellow Card
Nick Mason is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
Blake Lugg is substituted on for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Stuart Persey is substituted off for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub On
Will Siddle is substituted on for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub Off
Aaron Gibbs is substituted off for Taunton Titans
47:00 Penalty 0 - 22
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
39:00 Try 0 - 19
Jon Gatford scores for Taunton Titans
33:00 Sub On
Elliot Roofe is substituted on for Taunton Titans
33:00 Sub On
Tomas Rhodes is substituted on for Taunton Titans
33:00 Sub Off
Alec Chase is substituted off for Taunton Titans
33:00 Sub Off
Charlie Tribble is substituted off for Taunton Titans
29:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
28:00 Try 0 - 12
Aaron Gibbs scores for Taunton Titans
26:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
25:00 Try 0 - 5
Jon Gatford scores for Taunton Titans
17:00 Sub On
Tom Lawday is substituted on for Taunton Titans
17:00 Sub Off
Tom Popham is substituted off for Taunton Titans
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chinnor
  • Taunton Titans
  • 0
  • Tom Popham Sub Off 17:00'
  • Tom Lawday Sub On 17:00'
  • Jon Gatford Try 25:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 26:00'
  • Aaron Gibbs Try 28:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 29:00'
  • Elliot Roofe Sub On 33:00'
  • Tomas Rhodes Sub On 33:00'
  • Alec Chase Sub Off 33:00'
  • Charlie Tribble Sub Off 33:00'
  • Jon Gatford Try 39:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 47:00'
  • Will Siddle Sub On 48:00'
  • Aaron Gibbs Sub Off 48:00'
  • Nick Mason Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Blake Lugg Sub On 55:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub Off 55:00'
  • Alec Chase Sub On 66:00'
  • Tomas Rhodes Sub Off 66:00'
  • Aaron Gibbs Sub On 73:00'
  • Sean Lonsdale Sub Off 73:00'
  • Lewis Webb Try 79:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 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
Landray, Ted Landray, Ted
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Gibbs, Aaron Gibbs, Aaron
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Harbison, Conor Harbison, Conor
Lonsdale, Sean Lonsdale, Sean
Persey, Stuart Persey, Stuart
Tribble, Charlie Tribble, Charlie
Gatford, Jon Gatford, Jon
Chase, Alec Chase, Alec

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
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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