Taunton Titans ran out comfortable winners in the end against a spirited Wimbledon thanks to a well executed second half game plan. The first half was even as with both sides trading tries. It seemed to be the Taunton backs who were making in roads out wide against the Wimbledon forwards, who were well led by former Brixham captain Dylan Flashman, running hard around the corner.
The Titans were first to score through winger Jack Claydon after the home side turned the ball over in their own half. A couple of phases later and centre Freddie Fraser made the break and executed the 2 on 1 against the Wimbledon full back for Claydon to race away. Wimbledon then hit back when Dan Laventure scored under a pile of bodies. The Titans then drove a lineout from outside the visitors 22 to just 5 meters out. The ball was spread wide with some quick hands by Captain Nick Mason before full back Gary Kingdom put winger Ollie Rice in space to run in under the posts. The visitors hit back once more through hooker Ben Brooks and Taunton replied once again with Rice’s second. This one once again created by the Titans centres Freddie Fraser and Nick Mason. Taunton went through some phases between their own 22 meter and 10 meter line before more quick hands by Mason put Fraser into space. Freddie then returned the favour to Mason who drew the last defender to pass to Rice to race in under the post once again. Shortly after centre Leighton Bellamore dotted down for Wimbledon for their 3rd try. The only different between the two sides at this point was the boot of full back Gary Kingdom who converted all 3 to give the home side a 21 – 15 lead before Rice went in for his hat trick try out wide on the stroke of half time to give the Titans an 11 point lead.
If the first half was evenly matched the second half was decidedly one sided as the Taunton started to take control. Whatever was said in the Titans changing rooms at half time certainly worked. From a Taunton line out flanker Ratu Vakalutukali drove the ball forward to the Wimbledon 5 meter line. The ball was recycled quickly for Rice to step inside the defence to go in for his 4th. His 5th came shortly after as the ball was spread wide from a line out. A kick into the Taunton half by Wimbledon was fielded by Gary Kingdom and fed on to Jack Claydon on his 10 meter line showed his pace to run in for his 2nd try of the game, with Kingdom converting two. Flanker Ratu Vakalutukali ran one in from inside his own half straight from that kick off, before captain Nick Mason showed great pace to score down the wing after flanker Dan Frost stripped the Wimbledon ball carrier in the tackle. The last try was fittingly scored by County Stores man of the match Ollie Rice who scored his 6th try under the post after Lewis Webb popped the ball up in the tackle for the ever present Rice to score. Fly half Toby East converted the last 3 tries to make the final score 66 – 15.