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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Taunton Titans
Broadstreet
A Struminski (2), T East, B Harvey, G Kingdom, O Rice
Full time
G Kingdom (4)
G Kingdom
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Titans start the season in style

The Titans ran in six tries against newly promoted Broadstreet in the 1st league game of the season

With a fine sunny day at Hyde Park to kick off the season the crowd were treated to 9 tries as both teams played to the conditions and played some great running rugby. With 6 players making the debuts for the Titans, 2 players returning after long injuries and two further players returning to the club after a season out the Titans team looked a little different from the end of last season and the players showed their nerves in the first half making uncharacteristic mistakes allowing the opposition back into the game.

It was the Titans that opened the scoring with a penalty from the trusted boot of Gary Kingdom however, it was Broadstreet that scored the first try of the season and their first ever in National 2 South after the Coventry based team were level transferred to National 2 South from the North after their promotion last season. Winger Stan Mayne made good use of some generous Titans defence to run it in. Fly half Lee Chapman kicked the conversion to give the visitors a 3 – 7 lead.

With a lot rustiness on show from both team it was the Titans who scored next through winger Aron Struminski who raced in for 2 tries in 10 minutes and with Kingdom converting one of them it gave the Titans the lead once more. Struminski’s first try came from a lineout and as the ball was spread wide he used his pace to round the defence with spare men outside. His second came from the Titans ability to keep the ball and produce multiple phases and not give the ball up close to the line which they did at the beginning of the game. From a scrum the back line went one way and as the forwards moved the ball back the other way some quick hands by Kingdom allowed Struminski to dart over in the corner.

Broadstreet kept on attacking and were rewarded with a second try on the stroke of half time when Mayne dotted down once more. With Chapman converting he brought the score to 15 – 14.

It was the visitors who started to the 2nd half the brightest and scored a 3rd try after just 3 minutes when Chapman darted over under the posts, converting his own try he gave them the lead once again 15 – 21.

The Titans then kicked into life and scored four tries without reply. First over was fly half Toby East who ghosted in under the posts after several phases and found a mismatch in front of him and went in between two forwards. This was followed by Brett Harvey who after 10 months out stretched over to score after some great forward off loading with Ratu Vakalutukali and Stuart Persey creating the space for Harvey.. Kingdom then powered his way over in the corner before Ollie Rice scored on his debut on the stroke of full time after several phases and Broadstreet had run out of defenders. With Kingdom converting 3 out of 4 it made the final score 41 – 21.

This was a great start for the Titans but there is still plenty to work on with the new combinations and with 3 South West derbies coming up in September and a trip to the unknown Wimbledon they will need to iron those issues out quickly.

Key moments

6:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
23:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
33:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
34:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
51:00
Try Toby East scores for Taunton Titans
52:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
58:00
Try Brett Harvey scores for Taunton Titans
59:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
71:00
Try Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
80:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
80:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Connor Baker is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
80:00 Try 39 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
80:00 Conversion 41 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
73:00 Sub On
Conor Littlewood is substituted on for Taunton Titans
73:00 Sub Off
Toby East is substituted off for Taunton Titans
73:00 Sub Off
Isaac Dalton is substituted off for Taunton Titans
73:00 Sub On
Charlie Tribble is substituted on for Taunton Titans
72:00 Missed Conversion
Gary Kingdom misses a conversion for Taunton Titans
71:00 Try 34 - 0
Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
68:00 Sub On
Charlie Walker-Blair is substituted on for Taunton Titans
68:00 Sub Off
Watisoni Vakalutukali is substituted off for Taunton Titans
63:00 Sub On
Andy Hamilton is substituted on for Taunton Titans
63:00 Sub Off
Chris Francis is substituted off for Taunton Titans
59:00 Conversion 29 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
58:00 Try 27 - 0
Brett Harvey scores for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Conor Littlewood is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
Lewis Webb is substituted on for Taunton Titans
52:00 Sub On
Dan Frost is substituted on for Taunton Titans
52:00 Conversion 22 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
52:00 Sub Off
Charlie Walker-Blair is substituted off for Taunton Titans
52:00 Sub Off
Barrie-John Chapman is substituted off for Taunton Titans
52:00 Sub On
Brett Harvey is substituted on for Taunton Titans
51:00 Try 20 - 0
Toby East scores for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
34:00 Conversion 15 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
33:00 Try 13 - 0
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
24:00 Missed Conversion
Gary Kingdom misses a conversion for Taunton Titans
23:00 Try 8 - 0
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
6:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • Broadstreet
  • 0
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 6:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 23:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 33:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 34:00'
  • Toby East Try 51:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 52:00'
  • Brett Harvey Sub On 52:00'
  • Barrie-John Chapman Sub Off 52:00'
  • Charlie Walker-Blair Sub Off 52:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub On 52:00'
  • Conor Littlewood Sub Off 55:00'
  • Lewis Webb Sub On 55:00'
  • Brett Harvey Try 58:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 59:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub Off 63:00'
  • Andy Hamilton Sub On 63:00'
  • Charlie Walker-Blair Sub On 68:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Sub Off 68:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Try 71:00'
  • Conor Littlewood Sub On 73:00'
  • Toby East Sub Off 73:00'
  • Isaac Dalton Sub Off 73:00'
  • Charlie Tribble Sub On 73:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 80:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 80:00'
  • Connor Baker Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Struminski, Aron Struminski, Aron
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Popham, Tom Popham, Tom
Rice, Ollie Rice, Ollie
East, Toby East, Toby
Littlewood, Conor Littlewood, Conor
Fleming, Jamie Fleming, Jamie
Walker-Blair, Charlie Walker-Blair, Charlie
Vakalutukali, Watisoni Vakalutukali, Watisoni
Chapman, Barrie-John Chapman, Barrie-John
Persey, Stuart Persey, Stuart
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Francis, Chris Francis, Chris
Baker, Connor Baker, Connor

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# Team Pl Pts
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2. Cinderford 11 50
3. Taunton Titans 11 46
4. Redingensians Rams 11 42
5. Bury St Edmunds 11 36
6. Redruth 11 35
7. Canterbury 11 34

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