Gloucester Gladiators 32
Swansea Titans 30
A MASSIVE 50-man Swansea Titans team visited the Folley to take on the Gloucester Gladiators in what turned out to be a remarkable game.
Gloucester took possession of the ball from the kick-off and between ensuing penalties, scored a Jarvis Williams touchdown.
The extra point conversion put the visitors 7-0 ahead and that would be the only time they were in the lead until the dying moments of the game.
Swansea, after suffering this early reversal, settled in and early in the second quarter scored on a 14-yard pass play to put them within one point of the Gladiators.
Then two body blows in quick succession saw the Titans surge ahead 18-7, the second touchdown coming right on the half-time whistle.
Then, in the third quarter, after a long period of negative play, the Gladiators finally got their act together with a quarterback sneak to put them just a score behind at 18-13.
Within minutes of Gloucester's score, the Titans scored on a 40 yard pass play to put them further ahead and almost out of sight at 24-13.
At this stage of the game things were looking good for the visitors, with two scores needed by the Gladiators, they looked home and dry, but a Rhodri Williams 76-yard gallop into the Titans endzone, followed immediately by a touchdown from Gilding to give the hosts a one-point 25-24 lead.
The definitive moment came when defensive linebacker James Armah intercepted a Titans pass and returned it for a touchdown, with the precious one point conversion good.
The Gladiators were in the ascendency at 32-24. A quickfire touchdown from the Titans closed the gap to within two points but with less than a minute to go and the visitors in possession, came the play of the day.
Gladiator James Armah intercepted a Swansea pass on the Gloucester 27 yard line – back to back wins became a reality – quarterback Chris Rowe taking a knee and the game was over.
Coach Oli Skuse said: "Every Gladiator at some time during this game came to the plate and gave his all – that's commitment and the reason we won."