The Titans team for today's game against OA's and a what happend last time out

Article published:
October 20, 2018

It was the 2015 – 2016 season when these teams last met with Old Albanians winning promotion to National 1 after coming second behind Cambridge and going on to beat Sedgley Park in the play off. That season the Titans finished 5th. After two seasons in National 1 they have returned to National 2 South and have so far this season have won 4 and lost 3 and one of those victories was league leaders Rams so once again the Titans are going to be in for a tough time. In fact the Titans have only ever beaten Old Albanians in the league once back in the 2010 – 2011 season when they won at home 34 – 31 when a certain Tony Yapp kicked 14 points and won the game with a last minute drop goal.

The last time these teams met Old Albanians won both games during that season, winning 35 -24 at home with Jon Gatford, Jake Caulfield,Dan Frost and Paul Davis scoring tries for the Titans and Gary Kingdom converting 2. They also narrowly won in the reverse fixture 21 – 26 with Joe Simmonds and Nick Mason getting the tires with the rest of the points scored by Gary Kingdom. From the team taking the field this time there are 8 players that have faced Old Albanians before and they are Gary Kingdom, Aron Struminski,Nick Mason, Lewis Webb, Barrie-Jon Chapman, Alex Spurdle, Stu Persey & Ratu Vakalutukali.

After the defeat at home to Henley Hawks last weekend thereare a few changes to the team. In the forwards the changes see Alfie Petch,replacing Sonny Haines, with Isaac Dalton claiming Alfie’s place on the bench.Barrie-John Chapman swaps places with Stu Persey and the welcome return of former captain Dan Lee who replaces Sam Prior. In the backs Oli Toomey moves from the bench and swaps with Sam Brown and Aron Struminski comes in to replace Noah Sixton.

The Titans Team v Old Albanians

1 Connor Baker

2 Alex Spurdle

3 Alfie Petch

4 Milo Reynolds

5 Barrie-John Chapman

6 Ratu Vakalutukali

7 Jarrard Hayler

8 Dan Lee

9 Lewis Webb

10 Oli Toomey

11 Aron Struminski

12 Toby East

13 Nick Mason

14 Oli Rice

15 Gary Kingdom

16 Sam Williams

17 Isaac Dalton

18 Ben Oliphant-Thompson

19 Stu Persey

20 Sam Brown

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Keith Brooking

Press Officer

Keith's started his career at Newton Abbott, moving to Bath U21's and then onto Exeter. With spells for Wakefield and Cornish All Blacks, Keith returned to Exeter Chiefs for 199 appearances. Joining the Titans as coach from 2012.