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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Taunton Titans
Henley Hawks
L Webb, O Rice, S Prior, N Mason, R Allen
Full time
K Hill (2), T East
Sat 4 Nov 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

The Titans unbeaten run comes to an end

Taunton came crashing back down to earth with a poor performance against Henley Hawks

Taunton Titans lost their unbeaten start to the season as they were well beaten by Henley Hawks in all departments, apart from the scrum, with the visitors thoroughly deserving their 5 points.

It was Henley that made the best start as they exploited some weak Titans defence, which was the story of the game from the home sides perspective, when number 8 Marcus Lowe took the inside pass to score. Scrum Half George Jackson converted and did so again 3 minutes later when back rower David Hyde crashed his way over. Jackson kicked a penalty to take a 17 point lead before the Titans got on the score board.

After reclaiming the kick off and keeping hold of the ball for several phase, centre Nick Mason made a great break. The ball was taken on an Tom Popham went close before Lewis Webb managed to sneak over. This then made the game swing back and forth with Henley scoring again through pacey winger Jack Robinson with Jackson converting. Taunton then from a lineout used the full width of the pitch and went from one side to the other before fly half Kieran Hill delayed the pass and created the space for winger Ollie Rice, who hit a great line, to beat the defence and score under the posts. Kieran Hill converted before the Hawks prop Bradley Cook kicked a penalty from the half way line to make the half time score 12 – 27.

The home side needed to up their game in the 2nd half but it was the visitors who scored straight away with full back Liam O’Neil the benefactor of some more weak Titans defence. Taunton replied with a converted try from Sam Prior who was the benefactor of a push over try as the Henley pack were driven backwards. Henley then responded immediately with a try from Xavier Andre. The Titans captain Nick Mason closed the gap with a try under the posts. A quick tap deep in the Titans half was taken through the phases before Popham made a clean break and timed his pass to Mason who had the pace and strength to beat the defence. Toby East converted and then Henley put the game firmly to bed with their 6th try scored by second row and captain Jacob Albon. The Titans then scored their 5th try after East dislodged the ball in the tackle in the Henley 22 and the Titans pounced on the loose ball. They crashed it up through backs and forwards before getting the ball out wide to Rob Allen who barged his way over in the corner. The Titans tried to claim a 2nd bonus but like the rest of the game fell short.

Key moments

18:00
Try Lewis Webb scores for Taunton Titans
28:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
29:00
Conversion Kieran Hill kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
48:00
Try Sam Prior scores for Taunton Titans
49:00
Conversion Kieran Hill kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
69:00
Try Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
69:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
76:00
Try Rob Allen scores for Taunton Titans

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Highlights

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79:00 Sub Off
Stuart Persey is substituted off for Taunton Titans
79:00 Sub On
Jamie Fleming is substituted on for Taunton Titans
76:00 Try 31 - 0
Rob Allen scores for Taunton Titans
75:00 Sub Off
Lewis Webb is substituted off for Taunton Titans
75:00 Sub On
Connor Banks is substituted on for Taunton Titans
69:00 Try 26 - 0
Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
69:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
61:00 Sub Off
Connor Baker is substituted off for Taunton Titans
61:00 Sub On
James Kenny is substituted on for Taunton Titans
59:00 Yellow Card
Brett Harvey is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
Rob Allen is substituted on for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Kieran Hill is substituted off for Taunton Titans
49:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Kieran Hill kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub On
Brett Harvey is substituted on for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub On
Alex Spurdle is substituted on for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub Off
Jamie Fleming is substituted off for Taunton Titans
48:00 Try 17 - 0
Sam Prior scores for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub Off
Chris Francis is substituted off for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
29:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Kieran Hill kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
28:00 Try 10 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
18:00 Try 5 - 0
Lewis Webb scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • Henley Hawks
  • 0
  • Lewis Webb Try 18:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 28:00'
  • Kieran Hill Conversion 29:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub Off 48:00'
  • Brett Harvey Sub On 48:00'
  • Sam Prior Try 48:00'
  • Alex Spurdle Sub On 48:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub Off 48:00'
  • Kieran Hill Conversion 49:00'
  • Kieran Hill Sub Off 55:00'
  • Rob Allen Sub On 55:00'
  • Brett Harvey Yellow Card 59:00'
  • James Kenny Sub On 61:00'
  • Connor Baker Sub Off 61:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 69:00'
  • Nick Mason Try 69:00'
  • Connor Banks Sub On 75:00'
  • Lewis Webb Sub Off 75:00'
  • Rob Allen Try 76:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub On 79:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub Off 79:00'

Team selection

East, Toby East, Toby
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
Popham, Tom Popham, Tom
Rice, Ollie Rice, Ollie
Hill, Kieran Hill, Kieran
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Prior, Sam Prior, Sam
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Fleming, Jamie Fleming, Jamie
Lugg, Blake Lugg, Blake
Persey, Stuart Persey, Stuart
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Francis, Chris Francis, Chris
Baker, Connor Baker, Connor

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Chinnor 11 52
2. Cinderford 11 50
3. Taunton Titans 11 46
4. Redingensians Rams 11 42
5. Bury St Edmunds 11 36
6. Redruth 11 35
7. Canterbury 11 34

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