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Taunton Titans - Match centre

Canterbury
Taunton Titans
Full time
D Frost (2), L Webb
G Kingdom (3)
Sat 10 Feb 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

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.

OMW Skills Series: 2-ball touch

Dan Frost

Player of the Match

Dan Frost

Key moments

9:00
Try Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
10:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
71:00
Try Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
72:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
78:00
Try Lewis Webb scores for Taunton Titans
79:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Dan Frost is awarded player of the match for Taunton Titans
79:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
78:00 Try 0 - 19
Lewis Webb scores for Taunton Titans
72:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
71:00 Try 0 - 12
Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
10:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
9:00 Try 0 - 5
Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Canterbury
  • Taunton Titans
  • 0
  • Dan Frost Try 9:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 10:00'
  • Dan Frost Try 71:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 72:00'
  • Lewis Webb Try 78:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 79:00'

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
Oliphant-Thompson, Ben Oliphant-Thompson, Ben
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Fleming, Jamie Fleming, Jamie
England, Andy England, Andy
Persey, Stuart Persey, Stuart
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Davis, Paul Davis, Paul
Baker, Connor Baker, Connor

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cinderford 23 110
2. Chinnor 23 100
3. Taunton Titans 23 85
4. Redingensians Rams 23 85
5. Redruth 23 74
6. Bury St Edmunds 23 64
7. Henley Hawks 23 63

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