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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Taunton Titans
Bury St Edmunds
J Claydon, J Fleming, C Francis
Full time
G Kingdom (3)
G Kingdom
Sat 3 Feb 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Titans enjoy the mud bath

In tough conditions both teams put on a great game with the home side coming out on top.

In wet, conditions with the going under foot sticky at best, both teams produced an entertaining game of rugby in difficult decisions.

In the conditions both teams struggled to keep hold of the ball and it was the Titans that completed several sets of attacking phases fly half for the day Lewis Webb used quick hands on the blind side and managed to create the space for Jack Claydon to race down the wing and use his strength to break through two tackles to score in the corner after 10 minutes. The trusty boot of Gary Kingdom converted out wide to give the home side a 7 point lead.

The game tended to go end to end for the rest of the half with both sides guilty of messing up scoring chances but it was the visitors that managed to score when second row Will Scholes burst through a hole to score under the posts. Former Cornish All Black Fly half Fraser Honey converted to tie the score for half time.

If one of the teams were going to win the game it would be down to the side who controlled the ball that would take the spoils. With both teams changing shirts at half time and both teams playing for territory it was Taunton that took the initiative after raising the tempo and after several forward thrusts a great break by Dan Frost who powered towards the line before flanker Jamie Fleming received the inside pass to score. Kingdom converted once again from out wide and then added a penalty to make the score 17 – 7.

Bury St Edmunds kicked a penalty through Honey but it was the Titans that saw the game out with a 3rd try. From a scrum close to the line the forwards trundled it on. As they were stopped short of the line and with a penalty advantage they sent the ball out wide for Nick Mason to hit a line and take it 5 meters out. A quick recycle of the ball and hooker Chris Francis who hit a great line against the grain to break the defence to score. Kingdom converted once again to finish the scoring and give the Taunton the win.

The Titans head coach Tony Yapp said after the game “From our first half performance where we tried to play a little too much rugby in our own half we are pleased to come away with the win. I thought we got the 2nd half right, our replacements made a good impact and added some tempo. In those conditions it was going to tough for both teams and you know it’s bad when both teams change shirts at half time, however both teams played some good rugby and Bury are a good side and were very dogged so to stretch away from them at the end was very pleasing

It’s our final Kids First Champion for the season! David ‘Flats’ Flatman and two special guests surprise Ellingham & Ringwood RFC.

Jamie Fleming

Player of the Match

Jamie Fleming

Key moments

12:00
Try Jack Claydon scores for Taunton Titans
13:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
44:00
Try Jamie Fleming scores for Taunton Titans
45:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
58:00
Penalty Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
77:00
Try Chris Francis scores for Taunton Titans
78:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jamie Fleming is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
78:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
77:00 Try 22 - 0
Chris Francis scores for Taunton Titans
68:00 Sub On
Chris Francis is substituted on for Taunton Titans
68:00 Sub Off
Watisoni Vakalutukali is substituted off for Taunton Titans
58:00 Penalty 17 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a penalty for Taunton Titans
53:00 Sub On
Sam Prior is substituted on for Taunton Titans
53:00 Sub On
Sam Prior is substituted on for Taunton Titans
53:00 Sub Off
Ben Oliphant-Thompson is substituted off for Taunton Titans
51:00 Sub On
Ollie Carter is substituted on for Taunton Titans
51:00 Sub Off
Connor Banks is substituted off for Taunton Titans
45:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
44:00 Try 12 - 0
Jamie Fleming scores for Taunton Titans
40:00 Sub On
Stuart Persey is substituted on for Taunton Titans
40:00 Sub Off
Andy England is substituted off for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
13:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
12:00 Try 5 - 0
Jack Claydon scores for Taunton Titans
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Taunton Titans
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • 0
  • Jack Claydon Try 12:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 13:00'
  • Andy England Sub Off 40:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub On 40:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Try 44:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 45:00'
  • Ollie Carter Sub On 51:00'
  • Connor Banks Sub Off 51:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub On 53:00'
  • Sam Prior Sub On 53:00'
  • Ben Oliphant-Thompson Sub Off 53:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Penalty 58:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub On 68:00'
  • Watisoni Vakalutukali Sub Off 68:00'
  • Chris Francis Try 77:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 78:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Rice, Ollie Rice, Ollie
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
Claydon, Jack Claydon, Jack
Webb, Lewis Webb, Lewis
Banks, Connor Banks, Connor
Oliphant-Thompson, Ben Oliphant-Thompson, Ben
Fleming, Jamie Fleming, Jamie
Vakalutukali, Watisoni Vakalutukali, Watisoni
Lugg, Blake Lugg, Blake
England, Andy England, Andy
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
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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