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Taunton Titans
Barnstaple
C Francis, G Kingdom, R Allen, A Struminski (2), S Prior, D Frost
Full time
G Kingdom (4)
G Kingdom (3)
Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Titans win in style

It was billed as a top of the table clash but after 20 minutes there was only one team in it.

The game started in glorious sunshine with the first 10 minutes played between the two 22m lines as both teams battled for the upper hand. The Titans made their first incursion into the Barnstaple 22 and were rewarded with a penalty which they kicked to the corner. The lineout was stolen by Barnstaple who cleared their lines but the Titans managed to get a 2nd penalty from a scrum on the visitors 10 meter line. A quick tap by lively scrum half Conor Littlewood put the Titans on the attack. Lewis Webb fed on to centre Freddie Fraser who ignored the two wingers outside him who would have had a stroll in but took contact instead. A couple more phases towards the touch line and the ball was then fed back the other way to the far touch line where winger Ollie Rice passed to hooker Chris Francis who dived over into the corner for his first try in a Titans shirt.

Barnstaple closed the gap with a penalty from fly half Jake Murphy before the Titans took control and dominated the rest of the game something that didn’t go unnoticed by Barnstaple’s head coach Steve Perry ‘Today was a pretty sobering experience and will hopefully keep the boys grounded. I hope they will learn from this and move on. I thought Taunton were excellent and ruthless. After last week’s win we were on a big high but this week is a big low but we have to pick ourselves up and look forward to next week. That’s the good thing about league rugby you get a chance to put things right straight away. So we will move on from this, have a good week training and look forward to next week.’

Once the home side started to keep hold of the ball and move through the phases they started to find holes and the first to capitalise was full back Gary Kingdom scoring under the posts after some good use of turnover ball and a great off load by Francis. Straight from the kick off a great two handed take by 2nd row Milo Reynolds, who was making his debut for the Titans, was driven on by the home pack for 25 meters before centre Rob Allen followed suit and made an excellent break and went under the posts to score his 1st try for the Titans. This was followed by a brace for winger Aron Struminski before the half time whistle. His first came from a great delayed pass from fly half Lewis Webb, who had a great game and won the County Stores Man of the Match, which put Struminski under the posts and the second the winger showed his pace to round the defence to score. Kingdom converted 4 of the tries and added a penalty to make the half time score 34 – 3.

During the half time team talks the weather took a turn for the worst and the heavens opened which could have given the visitors a chance to get back into game as the conditions made it hard for both teams. However it was the Titans that kept the ball in hand despite the conditions and Kingdom added two further penalties before number 8 Sam Prior barged his way over from a scrum 5 meters out before fellow back rower Dan Frost also dotted down from the back of a driving maul. With Kingdom converting one of the tries it made the score final score 52 – 3.

The Titans head coach Tony Yapp said after the game ‘We are obviously really pleased with the result as there was a little bit of pressure coming into the game as we were both 2 from 2. Barnstaple are obviously a good side and have started the season well and for any team to beat Redruth you know they are going to be a threat. So for us to score 50 points today is great but the biggest thing for me was to only concede 3 and the fact that we controlled the game for large parts which is down to the players and their attitude going into the game and during it.’

Key moments

11:00
Try Chris Francis scores for Taunton Titans
17:00
Try Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
18:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
19:00
Try Rob Allen scores for Taunton Titans
20:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
25:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
26:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
32:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
39:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
44:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
48:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
58:00
Try Sam Prior scores for Taunton Titans
59:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
64:00
Try Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Lewis Webb is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
74:00 Sub Off
Dan Frost is substituted off for Taunton Titans
74:00 Sub On
Sam Prior is substituted on for Taunton Titans
67:00 Sub On
Tom Popham is substituted on for Taunton Titans
67:00 Sub Off
Gary Kingdom is substituted off for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub Off
Connor Baker is substituted off for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub On
Charlie Tribble is substituted on for Taunton Titans
64:00 Sub On
Barrie-John Chapman is substituted on for Taunton Titans
64:00 Try 52 - 0
Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
64:00 Sub Off
Milo Reynolds is substituted off for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub On
Jamie Fleming is substituted on for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub Off
Barrie-John Chapman is substituted off for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub Off
Sam Prior is substituted off for Taunton Titans
62:00 Sub On
Charlie Walker-Blair is substituted on for Taunton Titans
59:00 Conversion 47 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
58:00 Try 45 - 0
Sam Prior scores for Taunton Titans
52:00 Sub Off
Chris Francis is substituted off for Taunton Titans
52:00 Sub On
Alex Spurdle is substituted on for Taunton Titans
48:00 Penalty 40 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
44:00 Penalty 37 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
39:00 Try 34 - 0
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
32:00 Penalty 29 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
26:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
25:00 Try 24 - 0
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
20:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
19:00 Try 17 - 0
Rob Allen scores for Taunton Titans
18:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
17:00 Try 10 - 0
Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
11:00 Try 5 - 0
Chris Francis scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • Barnstaple
  • 0
  • Chris Francis Try 11:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Try 17:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 18:00'
  • Rob Allen Try 19:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 20:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 25:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 26:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 32:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 39:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 44:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 48:00'
  • Alex Spurdle Sub On 52:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub Off 52:00'
  • Sam Prior Try 58:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 59:00'
  • Barrie-John Chapman Sub Off 62:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub On 62:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub Off 62:00'
  • Charlie Walker-Blair Sub On 62:00'
  • Dan Frost Try 64:00'
  • Barrie-John Chapman Sub On 64:00'
  • Milo Reynolds Sub Off 64:00'
  • Charlie Tribble Sub On 65:00'
  • Connor Baker Sub Off 65:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Sub Off 67:00'
  • Tom Popham Sub On 67:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub On 74:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub Off 74:00'
  • Lewis Webb 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
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Vakalutukali, Watisoni Vakalutukali, Watisoni
Chapman, Barrie-John Chapman, Barrie-John
Reynolds, Milo Reynolds, Milo
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. Canterbury 4 14
6. Tonbridge Juddians 4 13
7. Bury St Edmunds 4 13

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