REDINGENSIANS Rams had their six-match National Two winning streak ended when they were beaten 31-21 by the side one place above them in the table, third-placed Taunton Titans.

Seb Reynolds’ men made a dream start when they showed their trademark forwards power to fashion a try for Andy Berry at the back of a rolling maul in just the third minute.

Tom Humberstone landed a superb kick to add the extras, but Taunton hit back with a converted score of their own at the end of the first quarter, before edging 10-7 ahead with a penalty shortly before half time.

Rams started the second half brighter, though, and regained the lead when wing Jak Rossiter rounded off a sensational move by crossing the whitewash. Humberstone was again successful from the tee and the visitors had fashioned a 14-10 advantage.

The away side continued to dominate, but were then hit with a sucker-punch as Titans scored converted tries in the 64th and 70th minutes, pulling 24-14 ahead.

Things got even worse for Rams as full back Ollie Foxley was yellow carded, and Taunton then added their bonus-point try as time started to run out.

Redingensians continued to bravely show their heart, though, and scored a third try of their own through Rossiter’s fellow wing Conor Corrigan.

However, they were unable to complete the comeback, leaving without any match points while the home side claimed all five on offer.

Redingensians stay fourth in the table, and face the side one place below them in the table, Bury St Edmunds, this coming Saturday (2pm).

  • BERKSHIRE Shire Hall’s difficult BB&O Championship season continued as they went down to a 40-15 defeat at Phoenix.

It was a sixth defeat in eight games for the seventh-placed Sonning-based side, who have a weekend off before welcoming Aldermaston to Sonning Lane on Saturday, December 9.