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Taunton Titans
Worthing Raiders
W Vakalutukali (3), A Hamilton (2), G Kingdom (2), T Popham (2), F Fraser, O Rice, D Frost
Full time
G Kingdom (7)
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

The Titans Slay the Raiders

The Titans put in a great performance to claim and emphatic win over Worthing Raiders.

With both teams making several changes due to injuries and unavailability’s but it was the home side that started with a bang. Within the first 5 minutes flanker Ratu Vakalutukali forced his way over for a try after several pick and goes close to the Worthing Line. Gary Kingdom added the extras. Straight from the kick off winger Ollie Rice beat his man in 2 meters of space deep in his own half and took it to the half way line. The ball was recycled through a few phases before fly half Toby East off loaded to prop James Kenny who executed a perfect 2 on 1 to release fellow front row, hooker Andy Hamilton, who was making his first start for the Titans, to race in from the Worthing 22 meter line.

Kingdom then went over for try from an inside pass from centre Tom Popham before the visitors got onto the score sheet with a try scored by fly half Mathew Mclean who converted his own try to close the gap to 10 points. That was as close as the Raiders came as the Titans then took control and ran in a further 10 tries. Ratu Vakalutukali went in for his second, after moving the ball from side to side and over 10 phases stretching the Raiders defence it allowed Toots to throw the dummy and race through under the posts. Tom Popham then went under the posts after Captain Nick Mason made the break but was tackled just short of the line and off loaded to Popham to score. This was followed by Freddie Fraser scoring in the Car Park corner. This was started from a stolen lineout from 2nd row Blake Lugg and sent out for Sam Prior to crash up and then prop Isaac Dalton, who carried 3 times in the build up to the try, the ball was then spread to the wing before it was then sent to the opposite side for Fraser to score. Then on the stroke of half time a quick tap by scrum half Lewis Webb nearly put Ollie Rice over but he was felled just short but a pop pass to Vakalutukali and he dived under the tackler to score and claim a 1st half hat trick. With Kingdom converting one of the 3 tries the half time score was 41 – 7.

The second half was much of the same and was all about the brace. Kingdom went over for his 2nd try from a scrum on the Titans 10 meter line the ball was spread wide and Kingdom showed pace the belied his years to race in. The Raiders and Mclean went over for their 2nd converted try. Tom Popham then scored his 2nd using Sam Prior as a rather large decoy before Ollie Rice finally got on the score sheet after gathering his kick through. Another player scoring a brace was Andy Hamilton, this one from a driving maul, before the referee awarded Taunton a penalty try as the scrum was rumbling over the line. The Titans had the final word on the final whistle when the ball was sent out to the opposite wing from a lineout and the ball then worked back to the stand side of the pitch for James Kenny to find himself on the wing and attract the defence for a round the back off load, as per All Black Milner-Skudder, to backrow Dan Frost to go over in the corner. With Kingdom converting from the touch line taking his tally for the day to 24 points and making the final score 81 – 14.

With 6 changes to the starting XV from the previous Saturday and another player gaining their Titans debut in scrum half Connor Banks producing a performance that spanned both halves was great to see. Where in some games the Titans have been guilty of letting teams off the hook, this time they showed their ruthless streak and managed to score 41 points in the 1st half and 40 in the second. With league leader Cinderford losing at home to Chinnor the Taunton now find themselves at the top of the league with 30 points out of a possible 30 but now is where it starts getting tougher as everyone will be aiming to knock the Titans off their perch.

Watisoni Vakalutukali

Player of the Match

Watisoni Vakalutukali

Key moments

5:00
Try Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
6:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
8:00
Try Andy Hamilton scores for Taunton Titans
13:00
Try Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
21:00
Try Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
22:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
29:00
Try Tom Popham scores for Taunton Titans
30:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
39:00
Try Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
39:30
Try Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
46:00
Try Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
52:00
Try Tom Popham scores for Taunton Titans
53:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
55:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
56:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
62:00
Try Andy Hamilton scores for Taunton Titans
63:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
79:00
Try Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
80:00
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
80:00 Conversion 79 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
79:00 Try 77 - 0
Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
76:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub Off
Andy Hamilton is substituted off for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub On
Chris Francis is substituted on for Taunton Titans
63:00 Sub On
Connor Banks is substituted on for Taunton Titans
63:00 Sub Off
Sam Prior is substituted off for Taunton Titans
63:00 Sub On
Dan Frost is substituted on for Taunton Titans
63:00 Sub Off
Lewis Webb is substituted off for Taunton Titans
63:00 Conversion 67 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
62:00 Try 65 - 0
Andy Hamilton scores for Taunton Titans
56:00 Conversion 60 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
55:00 Try 58 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
53:00 Conversion 53 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
52:00 Try 51 - 0
Tom Popham scores for Taunton Titans
50:00 Sub On
Barrie-John Chapman is substituted on for Taunton Titans
50:00 Sub Off
Stuart Persey is substituted off for Taunton Titans
50:00 Sub On
Charlie Tribble is substituted on for Taunton Titans
50:00 Sub Off
Isaac Dalton is substituted off for Taunton Titans
46:00 Try 46 - 0
Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
39:30 Try 41 - 0
Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
39:00 Try 36 - 0
Freddie Fraser scores for Taunton Titans
30:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
29:00 Try 29 - 0
Tom Popham scores for Taunton Titans
22:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
21:00 Try 22 - 0
Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
13:00 Try 17 - 0
Gary Kingdom scores for Taunton Titans
8:00 Try 12 - 0
Andy Hamilton scores for Taunton Titans
6:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • Worthing Raiders
  • 0
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Try 5:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 6:00'
  • Andy Hamilton Try 8:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Try 13:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Try 21:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 22:00'
  • Tom Popham Try 29:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 30:00'
  • Freddie Fraser Try 39:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Try 39:30'
  • Gary Kingdom Try 46:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub Off 50:00'
  • Isaac Dalton Sub Off 50:00'
  • Charlie Tribble Sub On 50:00'
  • Barrie-John Chapman Sub On 50:00'
  • Tom Popham Try 52:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 53:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 55:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 56:00'
  • Andy Hamilton Try 62:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 63:00'
  • Connor Banks Sub On 63:00'
  • Lewis Webb Sub Off 63:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub On 63:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub Off 63:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub On 65:00'
  • Andy Hamilton Sub Off 65:00'
  • Penalty Try 76:00'
  • Dan Frost Try 79:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
Popham, Tom Popham, Tom
Rice, Ollie Rice, Ollie
East, Toby East, Toby
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Prior, Sam Prior, Sam
Fleming, Jamie Fleming, Jamie
Vakalutukali, Watisoni Vakalutukali, Watisoni
Lugg, Blake Lugg, Blake
Persey, Stuart Persey, Stuart
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Hamilton, Andy Hamilton, Andy
Kenny, James Kenny, James

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Chinnor 15 71
2. Cinderford 15 70
3. Redingensians Rams 15 57
4. Taunton Titans 15 53
5. Henley Hawks 15 48
6. Redruth 15 45
7. Canterbury 15 44

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