Titans make it a perfect September
Taunton managed with stand a dogged Redruth side and win with the bonus point to make it 25 out of 25 points in September
This was another great game between the two sides with the home side picking up the bonus point win after a dominant first half display.
It was the home side that started the best with full back Gary Kingdom kicking a penalty after 2 minutes. This was quickly followed by a try for the Titans Cornish winger Aron Struminski. From the kick off prop James Kenny collected the ball and raced away before Taunton went through 14 phases with backs and forwards combing well to move up the pitch and stretch the Redruth defence from one side to the other before creating the space for Struminski to race in from the 22 meter line. With Kingdom converting it gave Taunton a 10 point lead after just 6 minutes.
The visitors then settled into the game but the home sides defence managed to repel Redruth’s attack time and time again and it was the Titans that scored once again when Struminski went in for his second. From a lineout the home side managed to go through the phases once more and gave Struminski the space to round the defence and run a try in from just inside the Redruth half, Kingdom converted and on the stroke of half time kicked a penalty to give the Titans a 20 point lead.
If Redruth had a chance of getting back in the game they needed to score first in the second half and that they did when replacement prop Jack Hodge was bundled over for the Red’s first points of the game. The Titans came back with a try through back row Ratu Vakalutukali who had a fine game and had a great battle with fellow back rower Sam Matavesi with both being up for man of the match. From a lineout 10 meters out the Titans pack drove to the line before ‘Toots’ broke from the back and showed great strength to stretch over the line to score, Kingdom added the extras once more before the visitors started to take some control and looked like the better team. Connor Gilbert went over for a try but the conversion from Nielson Webber wasn’t given even though it looked like it managed to struggle its way over.
Taunton then woke up and some poor discipline from Redruth allowed the Titans to kick to the corner where replacement hooker Andy Hamilton was at the back of the driving maul to score his first try for the Titans. Kingdom converted once again but it was the visitors that finished the strongest looking to claim a bonus point at least. Their attacking endeavour paid off, after some great approach work by Matavesi, Sam Stevens raced passed the defence to score. With Webber kicking the conversion with 5 minutes to go Redruth looked for the bonus point try.
Redruth pushed hard but after a delay for an injury they had the chance to score the bonus point try but the Titans turned them over and got the penalty so they could clear their lines for the final whistle.
Tony Yapp the Titans head coach said after the game “To come away with 5 points against a good team like Redruth is always pleasing but we were made to work hard for it, was it a perfect performance from a coaching point of view, no, and we have a lot to work on still but a lot of that is down to Redruth and how they kept on playing and made us scramble at the end to close the game out.”