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Taunton Titans
Redruth
A Struminski (2), W Vakalutukali, A Hamilton
Full time
G Kingdom (4)
G Kingdom (2)
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South Attendance 692

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.”

Key moments

2:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
5:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
6:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
23:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
24:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
40:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
55:00
Try Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
56:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
68:00
Try Andy Hamilton scores for Taunton Titans
69:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Watisoni Vakalutukali is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
78:00 Sub On
Chris Francis is substituted on for Taunton Titans
78:00 Sub Off
Conor Littlewood is substituted off for Taunton Titans
69:00 Conversion 34 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
68:00 Try 32 - 0
Andy Hamilton scores for Taunton Titans
61:00 Yellow Card
Toby East is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
56:00 Conversion 27 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub On
Blake Lugg is substituted on for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub Off
Milo Reynolds is substituted off for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub On
Andy Hamilton is substituted on for Taunton Titans
56:00 Sub Off
Chris Francis is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Try 25 - 0
Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
51:00 Sub On
James Kenny is substituted on for Taunton Titans
51:00 Sub Off
Charlie Tribble is substituted off for Taunton Titans
50:00 Sub On
Jamie Fleming is substituted on for Taunton Titans
50:00 Sub Off
Dan Frost is substituted off for Taunton Titans
40:00 Penalty 20 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
30:00 Sub Off
James Kenny is substituted off for Taunton Titans
30:00 Sub On
Charlie Tribble is substituted on for Taunton Titans
24:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
24:00 Sub On
Dan Frost is substituted on for Taunton Titans
24:00 Sub Off
Jamie Fleming is substituted off for Taunton Titans
23:00 Try 15 - 0
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
15:00 Sub On
Jamie Fleming is substituted on for Taunton Titans
15:00 Sub Off
Dan Frost is substituted off for Taunton Titans
6:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
5:00 Try 8 - 0
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
2:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • Redruth
  • 0
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 2:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 5:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 6:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub On 15:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub Off 15:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 23:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 24:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub On 24:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub Off 24:00'
  • Charlie Tribble Sub On 30:00'
  • James Kenny Sub Off 30:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 40:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub Off 50:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub On 50:00'
  • James Kenny Sub On 51:00'
  • Charlie Tribble Sub Off 51:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Try 55:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub Off 56:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 56:00'
  • Blake Lugg Sub On 56:00'
  • Milo Reynolds Sub Off 56:00'
  • Andy Hamilton Sub On 56:00'
  • Toby East Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Andy Hamilton Try 68:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 69:00'
  • Conor Littlewood Sub Off 78:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub On 78:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Struminski, Aron Struminski, Aron
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
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
Reynolds, Milo Reynolds, Milo
Persey, Stuart Persey, Stuart
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Francis, Chris Francis, Chris
Kenny, James Kenny, James

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Taunton Titans 7 34
2. Chinnor 7 32
3. Cinderford 7 30
4. Canterbury 7 28
5. Redingensians Rams 7 23
6. Redruth 7 20
7. Bury St Edmunds 7 20

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