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.