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RUGBY: Titans ready for new campaign
5:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
WITH nine weeks of gruelling pre-season training now behind them, Taunton Titans put all their preparations into action at Bournemouth on Saturday in their first National 2 South game of the season.
With a large contingent of players retained from last season, plus a healthy smattering of new faces in the mix, the squad will hope to get off to a winning start with victory on the south coast.
The two sides shared a win apiece last season, and the Titans will want to go one better at Chapel Gate this time after they left it too late to snatch victory last November, losing narrowly 30-27.
Head coach Tony Yapp said: “Our preparations have been going well. We’re fitter as a squad and stronger in the pack than last season so it bodes well so far.
“Bournemouth will have improved as well. With a season of national league rugby now under their belt they’ll benefit from having the additional experience and will have strengthened their side in the summer.
“It’ll be a great game I’m sure. We want to get our season off to a strong start and build from there over the coming weeks.
“Our training this week has been good; the players look sharp and focused so it’s now about translating that positivity into points come Saturday.
“Bournemouth are a good side, but if we apply ourselves and stay focused and confident we can definitely win it.”
The match kicks off at 2.30pm.