CHRIS Brown, Taunton Titans’ forwards coach, said after last Saturday’s win over Bury St Edmunds that “a win is a win and the four points are the reward even if that win can be classed as ugly”, writes Dick Macey.

He is right on the button with that sentiment after what proved to be a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.

Undoubtedly, the drenching the country has been subjected over the past few weeks can be attributed the blame for the different style of rugby being played, having reduced many pitches to near-quagmire status.

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That was never more evident than when you scan the latest results, to put the Titans’ game into context.

Tonbridge Juddians, Taunton’s free-scoring rivals at the top of National 2 South, just squeaked a victory over visitors Esher and, at the other end of the table, struggling Westcliff defeated Redruth.

The only sides who seemed more comfortable were Clifton, up to fourth with a string of good results, and third-placed Henley Hawks, who eased past lowly Barnes.

Leicester Lions, who provide the opposition for the Titans this coming Saturday, lie fifth in the table and will provide the benchmark to assess the worthiness of the Taunton challenge.

The feeling in the camp is that if they can overcome the Lions then their following three games in the run up to Christmas should present less of a hurdle, and an assessment can genuinely be made going into the second half of the season.

Head coach Tony Yapp’s ambition to be one of the top two sides come the end of the campaign could well be within the Titans’ reach, but those thoughts are best left in the cupboard as each game is dealt with on its merits – let’s just enjoy the ride!

Last Saturday’s game was the last at Towergate Stadium until January 4, when the Titans entertain the Worthing Raiders, so the victory gained over Bury was an early Christmas present for the Titans’ 16th man, their very loyal supporters.

The hope is when they next gather in the New Year there will be much for them to cheer about.