After a busy first two weeks in the Premiership South the Swansea Titans are top of the table winning their opening two games. First up were the Hertfordshire Hurricanes, Herts are seen as one of the dominant teams in the South winning the division multiple times and they also have a few National Championships. It was an extremely tough opening encounter but the Titans came through on top beating them 36-26. The Titans opened up a 14-0 lead which was quickly brought back by Herts which saw the first half end 14-13. The second half saw momentum shift back and forth between the two sides with touchdowns for both teams. Eventually Swansea defense were able to turn over the ball after an interception by Ben Cooper. Swansea extended their lead to 10 via a couple of touchdowns from Canice Gonzague and the game was put to bed after another interception this time by Gethyn Chadwick.
The Titans offence stats:
100 yards Rushing
236 Passing Yards
The Titans Defense Stats :
Allowed 27 yards Rushing
Allowed 350 Passing Yards
Forced 2 turnovers
Touchdowns were scored by Sam Huxtable, Todun Soetan, Canice Gonzague and Elliot Bodman.
Offensive MVP : Elliot Bodman
Defensive MVP : Daryl Tan
Rookie MVP : Todun Soetan
Players MVP : Ike Amuze
Our second game saw us take on the Portsmouth Destroyers. After last season where they refused to reorganize our fixture many of the boys wanted a bit of revenge. The team traveled down to Havant RFC in Portsmouth on a day that had what only can be described as torrential rain. Despite the weather and the affect it had on the grass pitch the boys battled on. The defense shut down the Portsmouth offence all afternoon preventing a single point allowed and even forcing more turn overs than they allowed first downs.
The Titans started slow on offence struggling with the muddy and slippery pitch. This prevented much of a running game and the rain caused the passing game to struggle. After being shut out for most of the half the Titans finally broke through with a perfect pass from Sam Huxtable finding the safe hands of Elliot Bodman to put up the first 6 points of the day. The Titans added another 6 points to the board this time through their defense via a pick 6 by cornerback Harry Calton that left it 12-0 at the half. The Titans were better going forward second half driving up the pitch but still failing to break through with more points. The offensive line were able to step up their game second half with an inspiring performance by rookie lineman Ahmed Mustafa who bossed Portsmouth players around all afternoon. This step up allow Huxtable time to pick out Bodman once again putting the score to 18-0.
The defense continued to work its magic with a first career interception by safety Ben Cooze and a forced fumble by Gethyn Chadwick. To top of a magnificent performance Ike Amuze and Gethyn were able to tackle the running back for a safety finalizing the score at 20-0. Although we weren't as dominate as we would have liked it was still a job well done by the team and sees us sitting pretty at the top of the Premiership South.
Offensive MVP : Elliot Bodman
Defensive MVP : Gethyn Chadwick
Rookie MVP : Ahmed Mustafa
Players MVP : Gethyn Chadwick
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