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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Taunton Titans
Wimbledon
J Claydon (2), O Rice (6), W Vakalutukali, N Mason
Full time
G Kingdom (5), T East (3)
Sat 13 Jan 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Titans Serve Up and Ace Against Wimbledon

Rice Excels on The Grass Court & Runs in 6

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.

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Ollie Rice

Player of the Match

Ollie Rice

Key moments

3:00
Try Jack Claydon scores for Taunton Titans
4:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
22:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
23:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
32:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
33:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
39:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
49:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
50:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
52:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
57:00
Try Jack Claydon scores for Taunton Titans
58:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
59:00
Try Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
60:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
64:00
Try Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
65:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
68:00
Try Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
69:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ollie Rice is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
75:00 Sub Off
Connor Baker is substituted off for Taunton Titans
75:00 Sub On
Isaac Dalton is substituted on for Taunton Titans
75:00 Sub On
Brett Harvey is substituted on for Taunton Titans
75:00 Sub Off
Stuart Persey is substituted off for Taunton Titans
69:00 Conversion 66 - 0
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
68:00 Try 64 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub On
Paul Davis is substituted on for Taunton Titans
65:00 Conversion 59 - 0
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
65:00 Sub Off
Jamie Fleming is substituted off for Taunton Titans
64:00 Try 57 - 0
Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
60:00 Sub On
Ben Oliphant-Thompson is substituted on for Taunton Titans
60:00 Conversion 52 - 0
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
60:00 Sub Off
Watisoni Vakalutukali is substituted off for Taunton Titans
59:00 Try 50 - 0
Watisoni Vakalutukali scores for Taunton Titans
58:00 Conversion 45 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
58:00 Sub On
James Kenny is substituted on for Taunton Titans
58:00 Sub Off
Isaac Dalton is substituted off for Taunton Titans
58:00 Sub On
Connor Banks is substituted on for Taunton Titans
58:00 Sub Off
Gary Kingdom is substituted off for Taunton Titans
57:00 Try 43 - 0
Jack Claydon scores for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Paul Davis is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub Off
Paul Davis is substituted off for Taunton Titans
55:00 Sub On
Andy Hamilton is substituted on for Taunton Titans
52:00 Try 38 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
50:00 Conversion 33 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
50:00 Sub On
Blake Lugg is substituted on for Taunton Titans
50:00 Sub Off
Brett Harvey is substituted off for Taunton Titans
49:00 Try 31 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
39:00 Try 26 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
33:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
32:00 Try 19 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
27:00 Yellow Card
Paul Davis is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
23:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
22:00 Try 12 - 0
Ollie Rice scores for Taunton Titans
4:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
3:00 Try 5 - 0
Jack Claydon scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • Wimbledon
  • 0
  • Jack Claydon Try 3:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 4:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 22:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 23:00'
  • Paul Davis Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 32:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 33:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 39:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 49:00'
  • Blake Lugg Sub On 50:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 50:00'
  • Brett Harvey Sub Off 50:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 52:00'
  • Paul Davis Sub Off 55:00'
  • Andy Hamilton Sub On 55:00'
  • Paul Davis Sub Off 55:00'
  • Jack Claydon Try 57:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 58:00'
  • Connor Banks Sub On 58:00'
  • James Kenny Sub On 58:00'
  • Isaac Dalton Sub Off 58:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Sub Off 58:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Try 59:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Sub Off 60:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 60:00'
  • Ben Oliphant-Thompson Sub On 60:00'
  • Nick Mason Try 64:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub Off 65:00'
  • Paul Davis Sub On 65:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 65:00'
  • Ollie Rice Try 68:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 69:00'
  • Brett Harvey Sub On 75:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub Off 75:00'
  • Isaac Dalton Sub On 75:00'
  • Connor Baker Sub Off 75:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Rice, Ollie Rice, Ollie
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Claydon, Jack Claydon, Jack
East, Toby East, Toby
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Fleming, Jamie Fleming, Jamie
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
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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1. Cinderford 29 138
2. Chinnor 29 126
3. Redingensians Rams 29 107
4. Taunton Titans 29 96
5. Redruth 29 89
6. Tonbridge Juddians 29 81
7. Bury St Edmunds 29 76

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