Starting the season is always tough, you recruit and plan during the off season you get the boys in and train really hard through pre-season, for it all to be put to the test on the first Saturday in September.

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September 24, 2018

We got off to a great start against Worthing at home scoring over 60 points only for the first bump in the road to come in our first away game down at Redruth. It wasn’t really a lack of effort just some poor decision making and a lack of accuracy in the attacking third which cost us the full 5 points. The Friday night Clifton game was a real success on and off the field which featured a certain Julian Salvi, this was then followed by a tough away win at Birmingham & Solihull in monsoon conditions and although the performance was a little off you could sense we had learnt lessons from the Redruth game and finished strong and saw out a hard fought win. 

Despite the loss to Redruth where we managed to pick up 2 points we find ourselves sat at the top of the pile based on the fact that everyone has now lost a game and all seem to be beating each other. Normally after 4 games you get a rough idea as to who the front runners will likely be and who is likely to struggle, well this season it’s going to take a little longer to work things out due to the nature of the results.   

As you will have noticed we have few new faces with us this season who have already played for the Titans including former Chief Julian Salvi, who is available when the Chiefs are not playing on a Saturday, plus Jarrard Hayler, Sonny Haines, Jordan Petherbridge, Jacob Nash and 18 year olds Cory Teague & Oscar Kolowski who is our joint top try scorer with Nick Mason with 4 tries. We also have a clutch of quality new players playing for the Warriors and these guys have been excellent with some great performances with wins over Cinderford 2’s twice and last week against Chinnor 2’s away, with performances like that you will likely see a lot of these boys playing for the Titans very soon. 

After four games we are where we want to be, but we are very aware of the quality in this league and we know if we take anything for granted we’ll come unstuck, so with that in mind trust me we won’t be taking any game lightly. 

It’s been great to see so many people at the Commsplus stadium and we look forward to seeing you back with us at our next home game against a tough Canterbury side on Saturday.

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Tony Yapp

Head Coach

Tony Joined Taunton as a Player Coach in 2010 before taking over the reins as Head Coach during the 2011/12 season. He brought with him a wealth of experience having played for teams such as Exeter Chiefs and Launceston.