The Titans Learn Their Lessons
Against the Elements and the Slope the Titans come from behind to win on the road
At a wet and windy Canterbury, Taunton Titans came from behind against the elements to claim a hard fought win.
In the first half Taunton had the slope and the wind and seemed to have their tactics right when after a high kick from Gary Kingdom the home side knocked it back and flanker Dan Frost pounced on the loose ball to run the try in from just outside the 22. Kingdom converted to give Taunton a 7 point lead after just 10 minutes. From then on the tactics looked like they went out the window when they tried to play too much rugby rather than using the wind and slope and the game was played between the two 22 meter lines with Canterbury easily defending the Titans attack and waiting for the mistake which came too often from the Titans.
At only 0 – 7 at half time it looked like Canterbury had done their job and contained Taunton and would now show the visitors how to play the slope, and soon after the restart The City Men tied the game with a try for full back Aiden Moss converted by Oli Best. Taunton started to gain some territory with some strong carries by the backs and forwards but it was Canterbury that broke the dead lock with a try for Best but he failed to convert from out wide.
After failing in similar conditions a few weeks ago it seems that Taunton have started to learn some harsh lessons and they started to keep the ball tight with the forwards taking control driving into the home pack time and time again. After making their way up the pitch by playing simple effective rugby that were correct for those conditions Frost broke free once more and scored under the posts which allowed Kingdom to convert and give the Titans a 2 point lead.
From the kick off Taunton kept the ball once again and as the home side started to fade after several forward drives Lewis Webb used all of his experience and used the more powerful runners outside him as a decoy to create the sizeable gap for himself to go through unopposed. Kingdom added the extras once more. With only a 30 seconds on the clock and the game safe the Titans played their way out from deep in their own 22 right up to the Canterbury try line and after playing for an extra 2 minutes were thwarted just short and the final whistle blew.
From this showing it seems the Titans have started to learn the lessons from the season so far. There still maybe some questions on their game management from the 1st half but this was addressed at half time and with only one choice playing into the wind, they kept their discipline and shape and kept it simple. From the travelling Taunton support it was voiced that was probably the best they seen the team play in those types of conditions and that they put in a great team performance in the second half which with some players leaving home at 6.45 am is all you can ask and is quite often all it takes to win away from home rather than some individual brilliance.