Well that was one way of bringing the Chiefs back to reality as Taunton ran 7 tries past us to win 52-3. It was all wrapped up by the end of the first half as Taunton had already scored 5 tries and the fact that after a disastrous first half Barnstaple limited them to only two in the second half must give them some small comfort. It was always going to be a tough game for the Chiefs considering there were so many first choice players out and when they have gotten over the shock I’m certain the lads will be raring to right the wrongs of this defeat.
It does go to show how serious Taunton are this season already scoring 141 points in their first three games I can’t see them settling for just 5th place again but will want that top spot, and they do look ready for it.
Cinderford continued their amazing start on their trip to Henley as they put an astounding 90 points past them, possible Henley’s biggest league defeat since the league started. Cinderford must have really built their squad from the ground up for this season to try and win it by Christmas considering they only managed a draw and three loses in their final matches of last season, they have already scored 186 points to date.
Chinnor and Redruth, with wins over London Irish and Wimbledon respectively, have returned to the upper echelons to give it that familiar look we saw last season and I expect it will be these top four teams that will still be in contention at the end of this season.
Elsewhere in the league our opponents next week Bury St Edmunds managed a narrow home win against bottom of the table Old Redcliffians failing to score a bonus point against the supposedly weakest team in the league. Not all the promoted sides struggled as Tonbridge got back to winning ways by beating Clifton at Clifton. Tonbridge do look the pick of the promoted sides at the moment and will be a handful for any side playing them as i always thought they would be. There were also wins for Redingensians and Canterbury who have both leap frogged us in the league by virtue of better points differences.
Catch you all at Pottington Road Saturday for our next encounter.