IT’S a big game for Taunton Titans at Hyde Park tomorrow (Saturday). Visitors Southend will be playing for their National league lives, as a defeat would put them firmly in the drop zone at least eight points adrift of the Somerset club.
Titans will also be full tilt in this one looking to increase their cushion above the relegation dog-fight.
The weather claimed the entire league programme last week adding further to Titans backlog of games.
Titans’ Operational Director Dave Webber said: “Scheduling the outstanding games is something we can sort. The most important factor is a win on Saturday and a big crowd to support the lads.” Titans fans will be looking to Clifton to take the points at fourth from bottom Lydney in another key game to Taunton’s season. This really could be Super Saturday for the Titans.
A bonus point win, and they could leapfrog Lydney and be within touching distance of Bournemouth. A defeat and the Titans are well and truly in a relegation fight.
An interesting twist to the relegation issue is being voiced by National League Div 2 North clubs.
The National League Division 2 consists of 32 clubs in two leagues – National 2 South and National 2 North. Each season three teams are relegated from each league.
When Rugby withdrew from 2 South at the start of the season, RFU thinking was that two teams only would be relegated from that league with the complement of 16 teams re-established next season with the promotion of three new teams to the league.
The point is being voiced that five teams relegated from the 31 National League teams is not be fair on the club finishing third from bottom in the Northern section. It’s an interesting point that club officials will be monitoring.
In any event Titans need a win on Saturday to lift clear of the drop zone.
The kick-off at Hyde Park is 3pm.