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