Worthing Raiders v Taunton Titans
27th April 2019
Kick off 3pm
For the last match of the season Taunton Titans travel up from Somerset to make their eighth visit to Roundstone Lane for a National 2S fixture. Raiders made the trip to the Titans’ extensive facility, Hyde Park (now known as Commsplus Ltd Stadium.) way back in September for the first fixture of the season. It was a tough day out, but Raiders grabbed an all-important bonus point with the last play in the match.
Taunton RFC was founded in 1875 so it is up there with the oldest clubs, having been formed before the likes of London Scottish, Cardiff, Rosslyn Park and Saracens.
The club moved to their extensive facility, now re-named as Commsplus Ltd Stadium, in 2001 having played at Priory Park for the previous 66 years. The Bridgwater and Avon canal and the river Tone are nearby as is the M5 motorway. The surroundings are an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Historic Taunton (records go back to before 700 AD) is the County town of Somerset and home to Somerset County Cricket Club. Taunton is also home to 40 Commando Royal Marines. The area and the town is well known for Cider.
The club emerged through the South West leagues, going unbeaten in 2008-9. Back-to-back promotions elevated the club to National 2 South in 2010.
Titans have links with Exeter Chiefs. In earlier seasons they may have called upon players from Exeter University, although this connection, by design, is not now so prevalent. The University ‘Saturday’ team play in South West Premier (Level 5), having gained promotion last season.
Worthing v Taunton
The results of the matches between the clubs and the relative league positions by season are:
|2010/11||T 17 – W 26||W 62 – T 7||W 8th T 7th in league|
|2011/12||T 18 – W 22||W 73 – T 5||W 3rd T 11th|
|2012/13||T 40 – W 57||W 68 – T 0||W 2nd T 9th W 2nd (promoted)|
|2014/15||T 30 – W 17||W 27 – T 29||W 5th T 3rd|
|2015/16||T 30 – W 12||W 27 – T 23||W 11th T 4th|
|2016/17||T 59 – W 19||W 36 – T 33||W 12th T 4th|
|2017/18||T 81 – W 14||W 19 – T 25||W 7th T 4th|
|2018/19||T 62 – W 24|
1st September 2018 Taunton Titans 62 Worthing Raiders 24
A tough fixture for the first match of the season with the hosts running in 5 tries in each half. Raiders kept plugging away and to their credit salvaged a 4T bonus point, bagging two tries in the 78th and 80th minute. Nick Mason scored 4 tries for Titans.
Titans: Kingdom, Kolowski, Mason, Fraser, Rice, Brown S, Webb, Baker C, Spurdle, Dalton, Reynolds, Chapman, Vakalutukali, Hayler, Prior.
Bench: Francis, Haines, England, Oliphant-Thompson, BanksC.
Scorers: T:Hayler (6m), Mason (23,35,50,62m), Brown (37m), Rice (41m), Kolowski (71m), Valalutukli (74m):
C: Kingdom x5.
Raiders: Brown, Maslen, Sims, ForrestJ, Barnes, McLean, Boyland, Cook, Birch, Gatford, Spurgeon, Dingle, Whittall, Harris, Luke.
Bench: Grief, Adams, Wilkie, Walsh, Lee.
Scorers: T: Brown (16m), Lee (70m), Walsh (78m), Barnes (80m) C: McLean x2.
Titans last season…. W20/ L10…. 4th (again)….. 101 points
Another impressive season finishing 4th, behind Cinderford, Chinnor (both promoted) and Rams (112 points).
Titans set off at pace, unbeaten in their first 9 fixtures! Match 10 was at Hyde Park against Henley Hawks, most pundits had it as a home win banker….(31-42)!!! This result seemed to rock the boat and by match 16 they had lost another 4…..LIWG (45-38), Chinnor (13-7), Cinderford (14-33) and TJs (26-20). Promotion prospects by this stage had more or less evaporated. Further defeats were at Redruth (38-22), Rams (31-15), Chinnor (43-56), Cinderford (41-24). The size of defeat in the last home match of the season (26-66) to Tonbridge Juddians was a surprise to many followers.
Lewis Webb and Freddie Fraser were both involved in 28 of the fixtures. Aron Struminski was top try scorer with 21 from 21 appearances. Ollie Rice was player of the season after 24 appearances and 18 tries. Gary Kingdom was once again top points scorer with 232 from his 22 appearances (he usually plays in every game but missed 8 injured.).
This season….so far P29/ W19/ L10 5th 99 points (Raiders 10th 63 points)
Titans have been in the upper reaches of the table all season, but 7 of their 10 defeats have been against the sides above them: Rams (Champions), TJs & Henley beating them home and away. Honours were even with play-off contenders Canterbury, the spoils going with the home team in tight encounters (23-22 & 26-24). Their other 3 defeats have all been on the road: Redruth (29-27), Barnes (51-38) & recently at Old Reds (22-17). In their last 2 fixtures they have beaten Dings (32-30) and Guernsey (19-50). They will retain 5th place in the league irrespective of the Raiders result as Bury St Edmunds are presently in 6th spot with 68 points. Henley and TJs both have 115 points.
As usual a list of the players used in the last fixture against Guernsey is provided together with further detail as to their credentials. Many of the players listed have lined up against Raiders in previous encounters, but wingers Matt Jess and James Keay, lock forward Cory Teague and prop Alfie Petch are new to the ranks since the match in September. Half back Lewis Webb has been involved in all the fixtures so far and Gary Kingdom is once again leading the points scorers with 178.
This fixture has all the hallmarks for an entertaining encounter with both teams renowned for open, end to end, try scoring rugby. It should make for an unmissable match to see out another exciting season at Roundstone Lane. Please try to get along to add your touch line support for the boys and to hopefully enjoy plenty of tries and a win for Raiders!!!
|Name/Age *played 1st Sept||Apps 2018-9||Total||Join||Points||Honours||Position / Prev Club/s Apps *Played v Raiders|
|Gary Kingdom* (36)||23/2R||246||2010||1T/58C/ 19P||Devon||Full Back: Exeter 128, Launceston 17, Plymouth 31, Bath, Kingsbridge.|
|Matthew Jess (35)||4||4||2019||4T||Cornwall Eng Count||Wing: Pirates 78, Gwent D, Launceston 33, Exeter Chiefs 187.|
|Freddie Fraser* (24)||22||136||2013||3T||Centre: Withycombe|
|Tom Popham (27)||1||117||2010||–||Somerset||Centre: Exeter ‘A’|
|James Keay (23)||3||3||2018||–||Wing: Bath Academy|
|Sam Baker (24)||1/3R||4||1C||Fly Half: Cinderford*20|
|Lewis Webb* (30)||28/1R||142||2014||3T||Cornwall||Scrum Half: Launceston*133, Penryn 15|
|Connor Baker* (23)||20/1R||42||2017||4T||LH Prop: Hornets RFC|
|Chris Francis* (26)||18/7R||46||2017||10T||Somerset||Hooker: Filton College, Hornets, Swansea University, Bridgend 19, Scarlets.|
|Isaac Dalton* (26)||18/7R||48||2017||2T||Devon||TH Prop: Honiton, Exmouth* 29|
|Cory Teague (19)||10/4R||14||2018||3T||Cornwall U20||Lock: Wadebridge Camels, Chiefs Academy|
|Barrie-John Chapman* (34)||13/1R||37||2015 2017||1T||Lock: Launceston*91, Canterbury 9, Redruth*17|
|Daniel Ogden (23)||15/4R||31||2014||–||Somerset||OS Wing Forward: Hornets|
|14/1R||85||2013||8T||Somerset||BS Wing Forward: Royal Navy|
|Ben Oliphant- Thompson*(21)||18/5R||48||2016||1T||ISRFC||No 8: Blundells|
|Alexander Rodd (22)||1/3R||4||2019||–||Prop: Crediton|
|Alfie Petch (19)||6/8R||15||2018||2T||England U20||Prop: Bude, Ivybridge College, Chiefs Academy|
|Sam Prior * (30)||13/7R||133||2011||2T||No 8: Dorchester, UWIC.|
|Brett Harvey (31)||3/4R||115||2012||–||Eng Colls Somerset c||Lock: Sherbourne, Old Patesians 38|
|Connor Banks* (21)||0/2R||21||2017||–||Devon U20||Scrum Half: Ivybridge|
|Played Recently||Last Played|
|Nick Mason* (25) Capt||22/1R||130||2013||16T||Somerset 6th April||C: Taunton Youth|
|Toby East (26)||16/1R||99||2014||3T/5C/ 2P||6Th April||Fly Half: Northumbria University|
|Ollie Massey-Birch (26)||6/2R||58||2014||2T||6th April Devon U20||Scrum Half: UWIC|
|Max Woodward (24)||7/3R||10||2019||4T||6th April||OS Wing Forward: Cardiff Blues, Clifton*84|
|Andy Hamilton (23)||0/10R||28||2017||–||6th April||Hooker:|
|Aron Struminski (26)||20||102||2012||6T||30th March||Wing: Launceston*25, Exeter ‘A’, Exeter University|
|Julian Salvi (33)||6||6||2018||1T||Australia ‘A’ 30th March||Wing Forward: Brumbies 64, Bath 29, Leicester Tigers 113, Exeter Chiefs 52|
|Ollie Rice* (26)||20||44||2017||10T||Devon 23rd March||Wing: Honiton, Exmouth*23|
|Jarrard Hayler* (24)||17/3R||20||2018||12T||Royal Navy 24th Feb||Back Row: Plymouth Albion 11, Barnstaple 16, Saracens|