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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Barnstaple
Taunton Titans
Full time
B Harvey, P Davis (2), J Claydon, C Baker, O Rice, W Vakalutukali, A Struminski, N Mason
T East (4)
Sat 6 Jan 14:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Titans Start 2018 with a Bang at Barnstaple

After a shocking performance last season at Barnstaple, the Titans show how they can play.

The Titans brought the New Year in with the own brand of fireworks running in nine tries as they claimed some revenge on their defeat at Barnstaple last season.

It was a cold and windy day up at Pottington Road and it was the home side that got on the score board first as the Titans struggled to get out of their own half kicking into the wind. Full back Luke Berry went over after a good break by the home captain backrower Wynston James, the conversion was missed in the strong wind to give Barnstaple a 5 – 0 lead.

The Titans then started to keep the ball in hand in the conditions and were rewarded with a try a few minutes later when Brett Harvey was bundled over the line by the forwards to score a try on his 100th league appearance for the Titans. The forwards then produced the 2nd Titans try 10 minutes later when from a lineout hooker Paul Davis was at the back of the maul to claim his first try of the season.

Taunton were now in full control and were making large dents in the Barnstaple defence by keeping the ball for long periods and moving the ball through the phases with both the forward and backs combing well. The next try however came from a Barnstaple mistake and the Titans capitalised with Harvey this time the provider as he released winger Jack Claydon on his own 10 meter line and he raced away to swallow dive into the corner.

Taunton scored their bonus point try a few minutes later when from a Barnstaple box kick full back Ollie Rice carried the ball back where it was recycled quickly for quick hands by the forwards who released Aron Struminski to race down the wing. Sturminski was tackled just outside the home side’s 22 meter line, the ball was sent to the opposite wing where it was recycled once more for prop Connor Baker to sell the dummy and dive over the line. Fly half Toby East converted this try as well as a further 2 before half time as the Titans began to run riot.

Next to score was Paul Davis who claimed his second of the afternoon, this came from a turnover that Davis scooped up on his own 10 meter line and fed it out to the backs. Captain Nick Mason then made a fine break and was tackled 5 meters short of the line and as the ball was fed out of the quick ruck Davis barged his way over.

From the kick off number 8 Sam Prior carried the ball back to the 10 meter line. The ball was then sent out to the backs where Freddie Fraser then made inroads before the ball was picked up by scrum half Lewis Webb. As Webb ran across the defensive line he floated the ball out to Struminski who used his pace to break some tackles and make it to the Barnstaple 22. Another quick ruck and some great off loading in the tackle gave enough space for Ollie Rice to go over and score. With East’s conversion this brought the half time score to 5 – 36.

The second half the Titans had the wind at their backs but it was straight from the kick off that they once again forced the error from the home side. Prop Isaac Dalton pounced on the ball and it was fed out to Ratu ‘Toots’ Vakalutukali who drove the ball forward to the Barnstaple 22. A couple of phases later second row Stu Persey broke the tackle and made it to the 5 meter line before Ollie Rice took it even closer. Another quick ruck ball allowed Toots to release the players outside him to score but the home defence knocked the ball forward. The referee played the advantage so Toots picked up the ball, sold the dummy and dived over the line to score. East converted once more to make the score 5 – 43.

Barnstaple now started to keep hold of the ball themselves and were rewarded with a try through Ryan Lee, with Gwyn Parks converting. However it was the Titans that finished the strongest. First Struminski was the scorer as another Barnstaple mistake was scooped up by Dan Frost, who has returned from his loan period to Cornish Pirates, and drew the last defender to send in Struminski.

The Titans were then reduced to 13 men after two yellow cards, one for Paul Davis and the other for Connor Banks after a few too many penalties in a row but it was the visitors that scored again when on the edge of their own 22 Nick Mason intercepted and managed to release Struminski who raced away. On a normal dry track there would have been no stopping him but he was caught 5 meters out but Mason had followed him all the way and took the pop pass off him to score. The conversion was missed and the Titans held out with the man disadvantage and see the game out for a great start to the New Year.

Key moments

8:00
Try Brett Harvey scores for Taunton Titans
21:00
Try Paul Davis scores for Taunton Titans
27:00
Try Jack Claydon scores for Taunton Titans
31:00
Try Connor Baker scores for Taunton Titans
32:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
34:00
Try Paul Davis scores for Taunton Titans
35:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
38:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
39:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
41:00
Try Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
42:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
54:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
72:00
Try Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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72:00 Sub Off
Paul Davis is substituted off for Taunton Titans
72:00 Sub On
Toby East is substituted on for Taunton Titans
72:00 Try 0 - 53
Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
71:00 Yellow Card
Connor Banks is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
68:00 Yellow Card
Ollie Rice is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub Off
Toby East is substituted off for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub On
Andy Hamilton is substituted on for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub Off
Watisoni Vakalutukali is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Stuart Persey is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
Blake Lugg is substituted on for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Connor Baker is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
James Kenny is substituted on for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
Connor Banks is substituted on for Taunton Titans
54:00 Try 0 - 48
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
52:00 Sub Off
Sam Prior is substituted off for Taunton Titans
52:00 Sub On
Dan Frost is substituted on for Taunton Titans
42:00 Conversion 0 - 43
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
41:00 Try 0 - 41
Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 0 - 36
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
38:00 Try 0 - 34
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
35:00 Conversion 0 - 29
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
34:00 Try 0 - 27
Paul Davis scores for Taunton Titans
32:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
31:00 Try 0 - 20
Connor Baker scores for Taunton Titans
27:00 Try 0 - 15
Jack Claydon scores for Taunton Titans
21:00 Try 0 - 10
Paul Davis scores for Taunton Titans
8:00 Try 0 - 5
Brett Harvey scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Barnstaple
  • Taunton Titans
  • 0
  • Brett Harvey Try 8:00'
  • Paul Davis Try 21:00'
  • Jack Claydon Try 27:00'
  • Connor Baker Try 31:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 32:00'
  • Paul Davis Try 34:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 35:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 38:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 39:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Try 41:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 42:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub On 52:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub Off 52:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 54:00'
  • Connor Baker Sub Off 55:00'
  • James Kenny Sub On 55:00'
  • Connor Banks Sub On 55:00'
  • Blake Lugg Sub On 55:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub Off 55:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Sub Off 65:00'
  • Toby East Sub Off 65:00'
  • Andy Hamilton Sub On 65:00'
  • Ollie Rice Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Connor Banks Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Nick Mason Try 72:00'
  • Toby East Sub On 72:00'
  • Paul Davis Sub Off 72:00'

Team selection

Rice, Ollie Rice, Ollie
Struminski, Aron Struminski, Aron
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Claydon, Jack Claydon, Jack
East, Toby East, Toby
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Prior, Sam Prior, Sam
Fleming, Jamie Fleming, Jamie
Vakalutukali, Watisoni Vakalutukali, Watisoni
Persey, Stuart Persey, Stuart
Harvey, Brett Harvey, Brett
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Davis, Paul Davis, Paul
Baker, Connor Baker, Connor

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cinderford 30 143
2. Chinnor 30 131
3. Redingensians Rams 30 112
4. Taunton Titans 30 101
5. Redruth 30 89
6. Tonbridge Juddians 30 86
7. Worthing Raiders 30 81

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