TAUNTON Titans are looking to bounce back from last weekend's narrow defeat at promotion rivals Canterbury as they welcome London Irish Wild Geese on Saturday (3pm).

The Titans lost 26-24 having been 19-0 down in Kent, missing a chance to win it at the death as Gary Kingdom's penalty slid agonisingly wide.

Taunton head coach Tony Yapp said: "Gary has saved us plenty of times in the past but it wasn't to be on this occasion.

"Canterbury started very well but I was proud of how we got back into it - we showed great character.

"It was a very high quality game of flowing rugby which was easy on the eye.

"We could have taken all five points, but taking two keeps us within a point of Canterbury so it's still all to play for."

Looking ahead to this Saturday's game, Yapp said: "It is hard to know which Geese side will turn up - they seem to either get beaten heavily or start throwing it round and making life difficult.

"They have beaten Dings and Tonbridge since the turn of the year and every game is a cup final now for sides towards the bottom.

"We will have to approach it professionally and be patient in attack."

Taunton are set to be without Charlie Williams and Ollie Rice through shoulder injuries, while Ratu Vakalutukali is on Navy duty in Norway for the next four to six weeks.

Toby East and Max Woodward, who signed from Clifton in the summer and is just returning from a long-term injury, are set to come into the squad.

The game will be preceded by a carvery lunch to be attended by over 90 former players who will no doubt reminisce long and hard over past glorious exploits.

Elsewhere this weekend, Wellington return to Western Counties West action with a home match against mid-table Saltash, while Somerset Premier leaders Wiveliscombe hope to bounce back from last Saturday's defeat as they host Weston-super-Mare 2nds.