TAUNTON Titans head coach Tony Yapp believes that more of the same from his side will put them in a good position against Tonbridge Juddians tomorrow (ko 2.30pm).

The Titans were beaten 35-30 by National 2 South leaders Rams last weekend, having been 24-14 up after four first-half tries.

But then Barrie-John Chapman saw red for an off-the-ball incident, and Rams' powerful forwards shoved their way to victory.

Yapp told the County Gazette: "The red card was massively decisive – it came six minutes into the second half with us 10 points up.

“It’s difficult enough with 14 men, but we had a couple of yellows, too, which pushed us down to 13.

“For long periods we stuck to the script, but some silly errors at key times cost us.

“The boys played real well; all I ask for is effort and commitment, and I can’t fault them.”

Now Taunton, fourth in the standings, visit Tonbridge Juddians, who are fifth and three points behind.

Yapp added: “There’s 19 games to go, we’ve got to stick at it, and if we perform like that [against Rams] every week we won’t be too far away.

“We’re definitely [in contention for second spot]; it’s in our hands, and with the same level of effort week in, week out, we’ll be in a good place.”

Tomorrow also sees two former Titans in international action, for England and Scotland.

Prop Ben Moon has been chosen to start for England against Australia at Twickenham (ko 3pm), while his Exeter Chiefs team-mate Sam Skinner has been named on the bench as Scotland take on Argentina at Murrayfield (ko 2.30pm).


ELSEWHERE this weekend, Wellington welcome Wadebridge Camels to the Athletic Ground tomorrow, as they look to keep themselves in contention at the top end of Western Counties West.

The Red & Blacks are currently fourth, with their visitors in ninth.

There's a big match in the Somerset Premier, as unbeaten pace-setters Wiveliscombe host West Somerset rivals Minehead Barbarians.

Wivey have won all nine of their games played so far, but the Barbarians are up to third and looking to avenge their 24-18 and 59-12 defeats to Wivey last season.

Wiveliscombe 2nds are also at home, with Bridgwater & Albion 3rds the visitors for a match which pits the bottom two in Somerset 2 South against one another.

On Sunday, North Petherton Ladies entertain St Mary's Old Boys at Beggars Brook, for a Women's NC South West 1 clash.