Titans Loose the Lead and Loose their Way
Taunton taught a harsh lesson and get burnt in Hell Fire Corner
Taunton headed south for a change as they took on Redruth at the famous Rec with Hell Fire Corner. On a wet and greasy day with it heavy going under foot it was testament to both teams that they still tried to play rugby in tough conditions.
The opening exchanges were quite heated with Cornish Man Lewis Webb coming in for some attention from the home pack and the passionate crowd as the Titans played towards Hell Fire Corner in the first half. It was Taunton that scored first when winger Jack Claydon was given some space which he capitalised on racing away to score. Full back Gary Kingdom converted to give Taunton a 7 point lead.
As was the story of the game and the story of Taunton’s season they were once again their own worst enemy and knocked on from the kick off. A scrum out wide was passed out and Taunton conceded a penalty which Redruth kicked to the corner. From the resulting lineout the home pack powered forward with Captain Rich Brown at the bottom to claim the score and close the gap.
Again both teams tried to get a foothold on the game. The home side were under pressure as Taunton, when they kept hold of the ball, manged to go through the phases. Kingdom kicked a penalty before converting hooker Dan Frost’s try a couple minutes later. With the conversion out wide successful the Titans had a deserved 5 – 17 lead with just 8 minutes to go of the first half. This time Taunton managed to clear their lines and work their way up the field. With the ball in the Redruth 22 and putting the home side under pressure with just a couple minutes left Taunton once again shot themselves in the foot as they went on the attack they threw a loopy pass that was easily read by winger Rob Coote who raced nearly the length of the pitch to score. The conversion was missed but gave the home team a life line making the score 10 – 17 at half time.
The visitors started the half best and from a penalty kicked to the corner. From the lineout the Titans pack rumbled forward and back rower Ben Oliphant-Thompson emerged from the pile of bodies to claim the try. Kingdom’s kick into the wind missed and this was the last chance Taunton had to trouble the score board as they made silly mistakes, playing the game in the wrong areas of the field and allowing the home pack to gain confidence and the upper hand. With Taunton playing like they were losing by 12 and not leading by 12 they gave possession away to easily from poor options and Redruth capitalised after Taunton were reduced to 14 when winger Ollie Rice was yellow carded after the team had given too many penalties. It was fitting that to lead the fight back number 8 Kyle Marriott scored under the posts on his 100th appearance for Redruth. Fly Half Rich Kevern converted to make the score 17 – 22.
Taunton still had the lead but again, gave field position away from poor discipline. Taunton had a lineout just outside the Redruth 22 but were taken back to their own 22 with Redruth gaining a penalty for blocking. Redruth kicked to the corner. The Titans pack held the initial drive but with Redruth now I full control it wasn’t long until full back AJ Cant scored a try with Kevern converting to give the home side the lead for the first time in the game.
With the home pack on the front foot and now pushing the lighter Taunton pack around it wasn’t a surprise that Marriott claimed his second from a push over try. Kevern converted the simple kick and did so again on the stroke of full time as Mark Grubb drove through close to the posts to give Redruth a well deserved win and Taunton a harsh lesson on how to control the game.