Titans worry over Kingdom

Taunton Titans’ prolific points scorer Gary Kingdom has been struggling with a hamstring injury, writes Barry Knott.

He suffered the injury against Henley Hawks three weeks ago and had to come off before half-time in the match against London Irish Wild Geese the following weekend.

Titans were hoping Kingdom, the leading points scorer in National Two South this season, would be fit for yesterday’s crucial home game against Redingensians.

“Not everything evolves around Gary, but he is a key player in the side,” said Titans spokesman Dick Macey. “The problem is that when he’s not in the side you have to re- place him. Toby East can play at full-back but then he has to be replaced, and so on.”

Titans went into yesterday’s game on the back of two successive defeats, which has seen them slip from first to third in the table, and Macey added: “You cannot give sides 17 and 21-point starts and expect to win games. Our fitness has never been in doubt. You are then playing catch-up rugby, which invariably means changing your game-plan. If both games had gone on a little longer we would have won them.”

Titans visit high-flyers Chinnor on Saturday and are at home to another title-chasing side Cinderford the following weekend.

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