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.