Taunton Titans24

Date Time Season
19th Jan 2019 3:00 pm National League 2 South 2018/19

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As one of the league’s most prolific goal kickers, Gary Kingdom, lined up a penalty shot which would have crowned Titans second half fight back Canterbury were staring at a last minute defeat for the second game running, but pressure gets to players even as experienced as the visitors full back and he pushed it wide.
That miss, and an outstanding first half, took the city side back into the promotion play-of spot but they will rarely have to work as hard to come out on top.
They seemed well on course for victory after building a nineteen point lead and then finding a quick response to the Titans early second half try. However, when Taunton threw on their impact players from the replacements bench they rewrote the script and two late tries and a yellow card left Canterbury hanging by their fingertips
There was no hint of the drama to come in that first session. Canterbury worked an overlap for a JJ Murray try after only two minutes and a trademark break by scrum half Dan Smart set up the second score. Jamie Stephens carried on the good work before Aiden Moss touched down and Ollie Best converted. It was the defence, however, that starred when Taunton exerted heavy pressure and Ollie Best was yellow carded. Not only did Canterbury hold out but broke free and got a third try, this time Sam Rogers punishing a Taunton handling error. With brother Ollie still in the sin bin Tom Best slotted the conversion.
The city backs were a real handful, posing threats every time the ball was moved wide and they should have sewn up the bonus point try before half time. Only Moss will know how he failed to get the killer pass away. On the resumption Taunton reminded everyone of that wasted chance as they sent hooker Chris Francis through a gap and Kingdom converted. Canterbury’s backs found the perfect response as Ricky Mackintosh’s powerful break put Smart in behind posts and Ollie Best’s kick restored the margin. Then came the game changers. Titans took control of the forward battle, forcing penalties that put them in attacking areas and Francis claimed his second try from a catch and drive. They had Canterbury in deep trouble in the tense closing minutes and with Sam Kenny sin binned Titans cashed in through close quarter tries for Alex Spurdle and Alfie Petch. A Kingdom conversion closed the gap to two points and when the penalty chance came gamblers would have bet the house on him kicking it. But a grateful Canterbury ended up with both the house and the contents.

Canterbury: A.Moss, R.Mackintosh, S.Sterling, T.Best, J. J. Murray. O.Best, D.Smart (repl K.Braithwaite), A.Cooper, T.King. S.Kenny (repl J.Green), R.Cadman, M.Corker, S.Rogers (repl J.Otto), S.Stapleton, J.Stephens (repl T.Oliver)

David Haigh


# Player Position T C P DG
Aaron CooperProp0000
Aiden MossFull-back1000
Daniel SmartScrum-half1000
Harvey YoungSubstitute0000
James GreenSubstitute0000
Jamie StephensNumber Eight0000
Jarvis OttoSubstitute0000
Jonathan MurrayWing1000
Kyan BraithwaiteSubstitute0000
Matt CorkerSecond Row0000
Oliver BestFly-half0200
Ricky MackintoshWing0000
Royce CadmanSecond Row0000
Sam SterlingCentre0000
Samuel KennyProp0000
Samuel RogersFlanker1000
Sean StapletonFlanker0000
Thomas BestCentre0100
Tristan KingHooker0000
Tyler OliverSubstitute0000
 Total 4300

Coach/Committee Member: Andy Pratt

Taunton Titans

Position T C P DG

Match Venue

The Marine Travel Ground
Merton Lane North, Nackington Road, Canterbury CT4 7AZ