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Wimbledon
Taunton Titans
A Ike (2), S Waltier, J Charles (2)
Full time
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J Doe
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J Doe
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South Attendance 250

Wimbledon 27 – Taunton Titans 42

Wimbledon gained their first point in National League Two by scoring four tries against Taunton Titans - Terry Bagworth Reports

Wimbledon gained their first point in National League Two by scoring four tries against Taunton Titans, a team that has only conceded 34 points in three previous winning matches this season. This shows the continued improvement that the Wimbledon team are making and also that by playing the stronger teams first they can learn quicker. Wimbledon were not helped by losing lock Ben Turner in the warm-up resulting in lock Andy Hore having to be summoned back from an away fixture to join the bench reserves. He later was called on and gained valuable lineout ball.

Taunton opened the first half with territory and possession with the familiar pick and go to create space and after four minutes scored a try through no.8 Charlie Walker-Blair, it went unconverted and on an afternoon of 12 tries, only two were converted by the two kickers in a tricky breeze. Wimbledon replied quickly with a move using both wings and Adam Ike scored, the conversion by James Doe was good and Wimbledon took the lead. A scrum penalty to Wimbledon was kicked to the corner and on 16 minutes loosehead prop George Beale forced his way over for a 12 – 5 lead. Taunton scored their second try almost immediately with wing Ollie Rice, converted by outside half Kieran Hill. Taunton’s third came from a lineout, but Hill hit the posts with the conversation attempt. Their bonus point try came just before halftime. With Taunton still dominating possession, they took a lead of 22 – 12 to the break.

This was soon increased to 27 – 12 with a try by scrum half Lewis Webb, but in some good sustained possession in the Taunton 5 metre area Wimbledon managed to get the ball to Ike again for his second try near the touchline. This was followed up with Taunton attacking to the Wimbledon 22 line, centre Ben Hough kicked through and chased, Ike was also involved and eventually left wing Josh Charles picked up and scored. Four minutes later a similar move with Hough this time ball in hand and again Ike and Charles saw him scoring again, just inches from the touch-line. Wimbledon were level at 27 – 27. Clearly the Taunton captain fullback Nick Mason had a strong talk with his players as in the last 14 minutes two tries, a penalty and a conversion were scored without reply from Wimbledon.

What impresses about Wimbledon is that each week better teamwork can be seen although some loose passes still get given to the dismay of supporters. A first point earned and a potential losing bonus point which looked possible at 66 minutes did not take too much shine off their performance. As with two years ago Wlmbledon are struggling in their first matches in a new league, then it was just two wins from the first six matches.

Terry Bagworth

Key moments

6:00
Try Try for Taunton Titans
12:00
Try Adam Ike scores for Wimbledon
13:00
Conversion James Doe kicks a conversion for Wimbledon
16:00
Try Sam Waltier scores for Wimbledon
19:00
Try Try for Taunton Titans
20:00
Conversion Conversion for Taunton Titans
32:00
Try Try for Taunton Titans
39:00
Try Try for Taunton Titans
43:00
Try Try for Taunton Titans
52:00
Try Adam Ike scores for Wimbledon
62:00
Try Josh Charles scores for Wimbledon
66:00
Try Josh Charles scores for Wimbledon
69:00
Penalty James Doe kicks a penalty for Wimbledon
74:00
Try Try for Taunton Titans
79:00
Try Try for Taunton Titans
80:00
Conversion Conversion for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 30 - 39
Conversion for Taunton Titans
79:00 Try 30 - 37
Try for Taunton Titans
75:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Taunton Titans
74:00 Try 30 - 32
Try for Taunton Titans
69:00 Penalty 30 - 27
James Doe kicks a penalty for Wimbledon
67:00 Missed Conversion
James Doe misses a conversion for Wimbledon
66:00 Try 27 - 27
Josh Charles scores for Wimbledon
63:00 Missed Conversion
James Doe misses a conversion for Wimbledon
62:00 Try 22 - 27
Josh Charles scores for Wimbledon
53:00 Missed Conversion
James Doe misses a conversion for Wimbledon
52:00 Try 17 - 27
Adam Ike scores for Wimbledon
44:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Taunton Titans
44:00 Sub On
Kareem Swandells is substituted on for Wimbledon
43:00 Try 12 - 27
Try for Taunton Titans
40:00 Sub On
Andreas Robertson is substituted on for Wimbledon
40:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Taunton Titans
40:00 Sub On
Matt Ringer is substituted on for Wimbledon
End of period 1
39:00 Sub On
Andy Hore is substituted on for Wimbledon
39:00 Try 12 - 22
Try for Taunton Titans
33:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Taunton Titans
32:00 Try 12 - 17
Try for Taunton Titans
20:00 Conversion 12 - 12
Conversion for Taunton Titans
19:00 Try 12 - 10
Try for Taunton Titans
17:00 Missed Conversion
James Doe misses a conversion for Wimbledon
16:00 Try 12 - 5
Sam Waltier scores for Wimbledon
13:00 Conversion 7 - 5
James Doe kicks a conversion for Wimbledon
12:00 Try 5 - 5
Adam Ike scores for Wimbledon
7:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Taunton Titans
6:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton Titans
  • 0
  • Try 6:00'
  • Adam Ike Try 12:00'
  • James Doe Conversion 13:00'
  • Sam Waltier Try 16:00'
  • Try 19:00'
  • Conversion 20:00'
  • Try 32:00'
  • Andy Hore Sub On 39:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Matt Ringer Sub On 40:00'
  • Andreas Robertson Sub On 40:00'
  • Try 43:00'
  • Kareem Swandells Sub On 44:00'
  • Adam Ike Try 52:00'
  • Josh Charles Try 62:00'
  • Josh Charles Try 66:00'
  • James Doe Penalty 69:00'
  • Try 74:00'
  • Try 79:00'
  • Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Will Taylor, Will
Ike, Adam Ike, Adam
Hough, Ben Hough, Ben
Gilbert, Matt Gilbert, Matt
Charles, Josh Charles, Josh
Doe, James Doe, James
Waltier, Sam Waltier, Sam
Edwards, Tom Edwards, Tom
Ridley, Richard Ridley, Richard
May, Steve May, Steve
MacSweeney, Niall MacSweeney, Niall
Flashman , Dylan Flashman , Dylan
Bayford, Josh Bayford, Josh
Ugodulunwa, Bradley Ugodulunwa, Bradley
Beale, George Beale, George

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Worthing Raiders 11 25
11. London Irish Wild Geese 11 24
12. Barnstaple 11 22
13. Clifton 11 22
14. Old Redcliffians 11 8
15. Broadstreet 11 8
16. Wimbledon 11 3

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