Tonbridge turned up at the home of Taunton Titans having never lost to their hosts in the league and put in a huge defensive effort to keep their perfect record intact.
The visitor’s victory was built around their defence but they were helped by an uncharacteristic Titans attack that looked blunt and lacking of ideas to break down a determined defensive wall. Taunton kicked off and kept Tonbridge in their half for the first 10 minutes but could not breach the TJ’s defence. With nearly all the possession in the half the hosts were quickly taught a lesson when Tonbridge entered the Titans half for the first time and went away with a converted try for winger Hugo Watson.
With Taunton still hammering the TJ’s line a yellow card was shown after some persistent infringements and a second 4 minutes later. With a 2 man advantage the home side still couldn’t figure out a way to outwit the defence and instead of using the extra men and the space tried to run through the proverbial brick wall and got knocked back time and time again. With advantage in numbers gone the half time score was 0 –7 but straight from the whistle Tonbridge got into the Titans half for a second time and scored their 2nd try this one scored by Murray Galbraith-Lowe.
After nearly three quarters of the game gone the hosts finally managed to get on the score board with a try for Aron Struminski. Tonbridge then went over for a 3rd try before the Titans replied with their 2nd after several scoring opportunities were either wasted or thwarted by the TJ’s defence. The Titans 2nd try gave them the chance to claim an undeserved draw but what transpired probably summed up their day. After receiving the kick off they worked their way up the pitch but were turned over and allowed TJ’s to attack one last time and a clever cross field kick found Watson in plenty of space to score in the corner and claim the bonus point while also denying the home side a point.