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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Chinnor
Taunton Titans
Full time
J Kenny
T East
Sat 2 Dec 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Chinnor hold on to the their home record

The Titans ran the league leaders close but will rue the missed opportunites.

Taunton Titans headed to Chinnor to try and break the home sides 24 month unbeaten home record but fell just short of toppling the league leaders.

With greasy conditions it was Chinnor that made the perfect start going over in the corner after just two minutes scored by winger Phil Chesters but the conversion by former Cornish Pirate John Bentley was missed. Bentley made amends 10 minutes later when he kicked a penalty in front of the posts to give Chinnor an 8 point lead.

The rest of the half was the Titans attack against Chinnors defence and it was the defence that had the upper hand with the Titans making too many mistakes with the ball in hand to allow the home side to clear their lines. Taunton were making line breaks and forcing the home side back and as the half drew to a close the visitors had one more chance to get some points in the first half but with only a couple of meters from the try line the ball was knocked on and the half time whistle blown.

It was once again the home side that started the brightest and went over for their 2nd try once again scored wide out this time by winger Jamel Hamilton, again Bentley missed the conversion. With still 30 minutes left to play Taunton went on the attack to try and close the gap and managed to control the ball a lot more but again failed to capitalise on the pressure. After a couple of warnings from the referee for the home side the Titans managed to force their way over with prop James Kenny on the end of some fine forward drives. Toby East converted from a wide angle to bring Taunton to one converted try behind.

The Titans now had the upper hand but several poor lineouts close to the opposition line where they could have forced their way over helped Chinnor relieve the pressure and close the game out. Taunton will be disappointed with their performance after coming so close to claiming the Chinnor home record especially as it was their own mistakes that were their downfall.

Although this was one that got away you have to credit to Chinnor who aren’t at the top of the league for nothing for stopping the Taunton attack. The Titans coaches can take some positives out of the game with Jack Claydon starting his first game in over 18 months and Paul Davis getting better and better each week after both had long layoffs with injuries. Taunton face their 3rd test in as many weeks when they host 2nd place Cinderford next weekend and will be desperate to keep the leading two in their sights and not let them move further ahead before the half way mark of the season.

Key moments

65:00
Try James Kenny scores for Taunton Titans
66:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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66:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
65:00 Try 0 - 5
James Kenny scores for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
James Kenny is substituted on for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Connor Baker is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
Ben Oliphant-Thompson is substituted on for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Sam Prior is substituted off for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub On
Andy England is substituted on for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub Off
Blake Lugg is substituted off for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub On
Sam Brown is substituted on for Taunton Titans
48:00 Sub Off
Connor Banks is substituted off for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
35:00 Sub On
Paul Davis is substituted on for Taunton Titans
35:00 Sub Off
Andy England is substituted off for Taunton Titans
23:00 Sub On
Chris Francis is substituted on for Taunton Titans
23:00 Sub Off
Alex Spurdle is substituted off for Taunton Titans
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chinnor
  • Taunton Titans
  • 0
  • Chris Francis Sub On 23:00'
  • Alex Spurdle Sub Off 23:00'
  • Paul Davis Sub On 35:00'
  • Andy England Sub Off 35:00'
  • Andy England Sub On 48:00'
  • Blake Lugg Sub Off 48:00'
  • Sam Brown Sub On 48:00'
  • Connor Banks Sub Off 48:00'
  • James Kenny Sub On 55:00'
  • Connor Baker Sub Off 55:00'
  • Ben Oliphant-Thompson Sub On 55:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub Off 55:00'
  • James Kenny Try 65:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 66:00'

Team selection

Rice, Ollie Rice, Ollie
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
East, Toby East, Toby
Claydon, Jack Claydon, Jack
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Banks, Connor Banks, Connor
Prior, Sam Prior, Sam
Vakalutukali, Watisoni Vakalutukali, Watisoni
Harvey, Brett Harvey, Brett
Lugg, Blake Lugg, Blake
England, Andy England, Andy
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Spurdle, Alex Spurdle, Alex
Baker, Connor Baker, Connor

League round up

Other National League 2 South results

Worthing Raiders
40
34
Tonbridge Juddians
46
15
15
27
Barnstaple
Cinderford
49
19
Henley Hawks
30
20
London Irish Wild Geese
22
26
Canterbury

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Chinnor 14 65
2. Cinderford 13 60
3. Taunton Titans 13 52
4. Redingensians Rams 13 47
5. Canterbury 13 44
6. Redruth 14 41
7. Bury St Edmunds 14 40

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