TAUNTON Titans will “take nothing for granted” tomorrow, as they welcome a Barnes team who have proved a thorn in Taunton’s side in recent years.

Last Saturday’s 10-8 defeat at Esher knocked Taunton off top spot and they will look to bounce straight back at home to a team who sit 13th with two wins from nine games.

Reflecting on last weekend's loss, Titans head coach Tony Yapp said: “It was a frustrating afternoon overall.

“The conditions were a massive leveller. Much of the game was played in torrential rain and there was a strong wind.

“We have had a productive meeting this week about how to play in those conditions when they arise again, which could be as soon as Saturday given the heavy rain we have had.

“We are a team who like to throw the ball around but we perhaps have to play the percentages a bit more when the conditions are poor.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow's fixture, Yapp added: “Barnes have traditionally been a bogey team for us in recent seasons.

“I have watched the video from their win over Bournemouth last weekend and I didn’t spot any glaring weaknesses.

“I think they may be in a bit of a false position at the moment and we will absolutely not be taking them lightly.

“They always seem to raise their game against us and find a way of staying in it until the final minutes.”

Last season, Taunton beat Barnes 20-19 at Hyde Park and went down 51-38 in the capital.

Back row forwards Julian Salvi and Charlie Williams return to the Titans squad, which is as follows:

Connor Baker, George Gosling, Isaac Dalton, Stuart Persey, Barrie-John Chapman, Charlie Williams, Brett Harvey, Dan Lee; Lewis Webb, Gary Kingdom, Oscar Kolowski, Tom Popham, Nick Mason, Jack Arnott, Greg Kitson.
Replacements: Chris Francis, Gary Carpenter, Ben Oliphant-Thompson, Julian Salvi, Aron Struminski.

The match, which kicks off at 3pm, will be preceded by a short service of remembrance.


WELLINGTON and Wiveliscombe are set to return to Western Counties West action tomorrow.

Neither side have played since October 19 due to a combination of the weather and a scheduled break in the league last Saturday.

Wellington, currently top of the table having won six of their seven games so far, travel to the Devon coast to take on seventh-placed Teignmouth.

Wivey are heading in the same direction, albeit a tad further, as they travel to Kingsbridge.

The hosts go into the weekend in fourth, with Wivey in 11th.