[Taunton People] - Forest kicked a penalty for Hertford, but Taunton got a try from No 8 Dave Bates to make it In the final minutes Hertford ran in another unconverted try, this time from Locksouth. Taunton finished the scoring with a try through Christian Gervais
"I m here to see the whole place come down, theres a lot of history in there, ya know ... a lot of years," said Dave […] Bates, who used to work at Noble Lodge. "I wanted to remember what the inside looks like."
[Richmond and Twickenham Times] - Finally the excellent referee, David Proctor, lost patience and yellow carded Taunton's Dave Bates for pulling down the maul. Once again Richmond went through their routine and Dave Burr was at the back of the maul for the touch down as the forwards
[Somerset County Gazette] - “Dave Bates overcame a serious ankle strain and is back playing to further strengthen the team, so we have a lot to thank the medics for.” Taunton's last home game was a real thriller when they beat Henley Hawks by four points.