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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Old Redcliffians
Taunton Titans
Full time
A Struminski (2), G Kingdom, D Frost (3), B Harvey, O Rice
G Kingdom (4)
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Frosty flops in for 3

The Titans run in 8 tries with Dan Frost getting a hat trick

This was Old Reds 1st home game in National 2 South and had lots to prove in the new league. With a couple of familiar faces within the Old Reds ranks including old Hyde Park favourite Christian ‘Smiler’ Gervais there was more than just the result at stake in one of several local derbies this season for the Titans

With the home side playing down the slope it was the visitors who scored first when winger Aron Struminski used his pace to out run the defence to score under the posts. Gary Kingdom converted and then went over for a try himself after some great hands by Dan Frost which just avoided the interception for Kingdom to go over to open up a 12 point lead.

Old Reds then scored their first home try of the season when winger Henry Bird capitalised on a Titans mistake. Scrum half Conor Littlewood misjudged a kick and knocked on which fell nicely for the Reds and Bird flew in under the posts. Fly half Ashley Groves converted to close the gap to 5 points. Taunton then put a lot of pressure on the Reds defence but they managed to hold the Titans out. After several warnings in their 22 from the referee Old Reds received a yellow card for second row Dan Hodge for persistent infringement. The home side still held their line in tact and were reduced to 13 when Gervais was sent to join Hodge after conceding a penalty on the line. With a minute left of the half Taunton still couldn’t score so the half time whistle went with the score at 7 – 12.

Taunton needed to make the extra numbers count and couldn’t have started the 2nd half any better, from the kick off second row Brett Harvey tapped the ball back to flanker Dan Frost who made a clean break and put Struminski in for his 2nd try of the game. This seemed to deflate the home side but they did manage to close the gap once again with a penalty through Groves before the Titans took control and ran in a further 5 tries.

First over for the Titans was flanker Dan Frost who was the beneficiary of a forwards driving maul before he broke off of the back and forced his way over. He then went over for his 2nd 3 minutes later after a great run to score under the posts. This was followed by tries for Brett Harvey and Ollie Rice both claiming their 2nd try in 2 games and both tries coming from multiple phases when Old Reds ran out of defenders. The last try of the game was on the final whistle with Frost claiming his hat trick try. Again after several phases the ball was spread wide and after some quick hands by centre Freddie Fraser, who also set up Rice for his, put Frost in who was lurking on the wing. With Kingdom converting 3 of the 5 tries it made the final score 10 – 48.

The Titans showed their experience to ware down the newly promoted Old Reds but the hosts will have learned from the game and once they are up to the speed of the game will cause some teams some issues on their own pitch. They will have learned today that keeping 15 players on the pitch is a necessity as they conceded 17 points while they had men in the bin.

Key moments

8:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
25:00
Try Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
26:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
41:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
58:00
Try Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
59:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
61:00
Try Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
62:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
68:00
Try Brett Harvey scores for Taunton Titans
78:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
78:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
80:00
Try Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Dan Frost is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
80:00 Missed Conversion
Gary Kingdom misses a conversion for Taunton Titans
80:00 Try 0 - 48
Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
78:00 Try 0 - 41
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
78:00 Conversion 0 - 43
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
72:00 Sub On
Charlie Walker-Blair is substituted on for Taunton Titans
72:00 Sub Off
Brett Harvey is substituted off for Taunton Titans
69:00 Missed Conversion
Gary Kingdom misses a conversion for Taunton Titans
68:00 Try 0 - 36
Brett Harvey scores for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub Off
Aron Struminski is substituted off for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub Off
Isaac Dalton is substituted off for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub On
Aaron Wilman is substituted on for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub On
Kieran Hill is substituted on for Taunton Titans
62:00 Conversion 0 - 31
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub On
Ben Oliphant-Thompson is substituted on for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub Off
Sam Prior is substituted off for Taunton Titans
61:00 Try 0 - 29
Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
59:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
58:00 Try 0 - 22
Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
54:00 Sub On
Alex Spurdle is substituted on for Taunton Titans
54:00 Sub On
Charlie Walker-Blair is substituted on for Taunton Titans
54:00 Sub On
Watisoni Vakalutukali is substituted on for Taunton Titans
54:00 Sub Off
Chris Francis is substituted off for Taunton Titans
42:00 Missed Conversion
Gary Kingdom misses a conversion for Taunton Titans
41:00 Try 0 - 17
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
26:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
25:00 Try 0 - 10
Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
9:00 Missed Conversion
Gary Kingdom misses a conversion for Taunton Titans
8:00 Try 0 - 5
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Old Redcliffians
  • Taunton Titans
  • 0
  • Aron Struminski Try 8:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Try 25:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 26:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 41:00'
  • Alex Spurdle Sub On 54:00'
  • Charlie Walker-Blair Sub On 54:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub Off 54:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Sub On 54:00'
  • Dan Frost Try 58:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 59:00'
  • Dan Frost Try 61:00'
  • Ben Oliphant-Thompson Sub On 62:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 62:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub Off 62:00'
  • Kieran Hill Sub On 65:00'
  • Isaac Dalton Sub Off 65:00'
  • Aaron Wilman Sub On 65:00'
  • Aron Struminski Sub Off 65:00'
  • Brett Harvey Try 68:00'
  • Charlie Walker-Blair Sub On 72:00'
  • Brett Harvey Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 78:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 78:00'
  • Dan Frost Try 80:00'
  • Dan Frost Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Struminski, Aron Struminski, Aron
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Allen, Rob Allen, Rob
Rice, Ollie Rice, Ollie
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Littlewood, Conor Littlewood, Conor
Prior, Sam Prior, Sam
Walker-Blair, Charlie Walker-Blair, Charlie
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Chapman, Barrie-John Chapman, Barrie-John
Harvey, Brett Harvey, Brett
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Francis, Chris Francis, Chris
Baker, Connor Baker, Connor

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cinderford 4 20
2. Taunton Titans 4 20
3. Chinnor 4 18
4. Redruth 4 15
5. Tonbridge Juddians 4 13
6. Bury St Edmunds 4 13
7. Redingensians Rams 4 11

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