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1st XV - Match centre

Bury St Edmunds
Taunton Titans
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South Full time Attendance 552

Bury almost topple the Titans!

Classy Taunton underlined their promotion candidature to claw back a half time deficit to grab the win in a dramatic game at the Haberden.

Bury 20 Taunton 26
Classy Taunton underlined their promotion candidature to claw back a half time deficit to grab the win in a dramatic game at the Haberden.
A fired up home side had tormented the visitors into conceding two first half tries but the Titans did not panic and in the end did just enough to earn the victory. Even then it took the intervention of a touch judge to decide that replacement wing Conan Osborne had put a foot in touch when grounding the ball that might have given Bury the chance to steal the match at the death!
As it was Taunton took the spoils, but boy they will know they had been in a scrap!
A pulsating game sprung into life after just 90 seconds. Chris Lord slicing in off his wing to take Honey’s reverse pass and race 40 metres for the score. It was a dream start for Bury but Taunton showed their class by immediately putting Bury under pressure. Two straight forward penalties were declined and instead kicked for the corner but on both occasions Bury stole the line outs to clear.
A mid air collision saw Anderson Brown forced to leave the field but Bury were undeterred. A strong Bury scrum earned them a penalty and although they lost the line out, Will Scholes retrieved the ball and stormed into the visitors 22 before slipping the ball to Stapleton burst through a hole in a stretched Taunton defence.
Despite the set backs, Taunton showed glimpses of why they are top of the league. The pace and quality at which they played stretched Bury and for long periods they were forced to defend valiantly…However, Bury were tenacious in their defence and often hounded the Titans into mistakes. One such error by Kingdom allowed Fraser Honey to land a straight forward Drop Goal after his forwards had earned him a penalty advantage.
The measure of how hard Bury had stretched the visitors was reflected in the closing seconds of the half when after earlier declining kickable penalties, Kingdom got his side on the scoreboard to make it 17 – 3 at Half Time.
The early part of the second half belonged to the visitors and Kingdom quickly began reducing the arrears as Taunton turned the screw. The loss of Harrison to injury did not help Bury’s cause, forcing McBride nto scrum half duties.
Titans No 8 Sam Prior was pivotal in forcing Bury to concede penalties under pressure. It could be argued that Bury did not get the rub off the green from the replacement referee after Alexis Manly was forced to hobble off after just 5 mins of the second half.
Two penalties and a converted Prior try in the first ten minutes of the half turned the game on its head. Bury tried to regroup but the pace at which Taunton play constantly challenged them and when Dan Frost broke through and then was on hand 5 moves later to waltz over the writing looked on the wall for Bury.
Roared on by 500 plus crowd, Bury refused to die down. Honey narrowed the scores to 23 – 20 with a penalty from in front and for the last 15 minutes it was anybody’s game. Kohler, Corcoran and Honey all made half breaks but the Titans defence held firm. When it mattered most, Taunton did the basics well and were able to get into the Wolfpack half and earn another penalty. The metronomic Kingdom was never going to miss and the lead was stretched back out to six points with 5 minutes to go.
Then came the dramatic final play of the match, a great drive from a line out set up the chance for Osborne to dive for the line… Enthralling stuff but in the end Bury’s brave last play came up inches short.
Tries Lord, Stapleton
Cons Honey 2
Drop Goal Honey 1
Pens Honey 1
Tries Prior. Frost
Cons Kingdom 2
Pens Kingdom 4

Attendance 542

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10. Canterbury 30 72
11. Clifton 30 63
12. Old Redcliffians 30 58

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