On 2nd September 2017, Commsplus sponsored the Taunton Titans first home match of the season. As the club's title partner, Commsplus has a long and established relationship with Taunton Rugby Club, first becoming a sponsor in 2011 and working through the ranks to later become a Taunton's title partner. As tradition stands, the title partner sponsors a match during the season.
Commsplus sponsored the first home match against Broadstreet RFC. Both teams had been training for months in the lead up to the 2017/18 season and the stand was packed with home fans eager to see Taunton get off to a good start in the season. Following the generous hospitality from the Taunton RFC team, Commsplus watched the game from the Commsplus Mobile Terrace.
It was the Titans that opened the scoring with a penalty from the trusted boot of Gary Kingdom however, it was Broadstreet that scored the first try of the season and their first ever in National 2 South after the Coventry based team were level transferred to National 2 South from the North after their promotion last season. Winger Stan Mayne made good use of some generous Titans defence to run it in. Fly half Lee Chapman kicked the conversion to give the visitors a 3 – 7 lead.
With a lot rustiness on show from both team it was the Titans who scored next through winger Aron Struminski who raced in for 2 tries in 10 minutes and with Kingdom converting one of them it gave the Titans the lead once more. Struminski’s first try came from a lineout and as the ball was spread wide he used his pace to round the defence with spare men outside. His second came from the Titans ability to keep the ball and produce multiple phases and not give the ball up close to the line which they did at the beginning of the game. From a scrum the back line went one way and as the forwards moved the ball back the other way some quick hands by Kingdom allowed Struminski to dart over in the corner.
Broadstreet kept on attacking and were rewarded with a second try on the stroke of half time when Mayne dotted down once more. With Chapman converting he brought the score to 15 – 14.
It was during halftime that Commsplus extended their support of club by having a plane towing a banner fly over the ground. With spectators gazing to the sky, the plane circled the ground for 10 minutes before returning home to Dunkerswell airfield. The adorning banner sported the Commsplus logo accompanied by text reading "TRFC Main Sponsor".
"I had the idea after seeing a plane fly above my house carrying a banner" Says Steve Collard, Commsplus Managing Director. "It inspired me and I thought - why don't we do that. So I did. "It was a fantastic day" said Aaron Luker, Commsplus Engineering Manager. "All who came thoroughly enjoyed themselves - it's always a great day out down at Taunton."
"We all had such a great day. I have always enjoyed spending my time down at Taunton Rugby Club," he continues, "I wanted to show my support for the upcoming season and I feel that the plane was a nice touch. I'm glad the spectators and the team at Taunton liked it."