1st XV

TJs Have Combe Over

N3L&SE continues to throw up surprise after surprise and the Saturday before Christmas was yet another although no sign of Santa yet.

TJs travelled to Combe searching for a performance after a very indifferent one away at bottom club Guernsey the weekend before. Combe started the season unbeaten and top for much of Sept/Oct but things have started to unravel a little after a run of losses. Odds were on a home win but TJs had a glimmer of hope as they always seem to raise their game at Combe.

TJs started brightly with an early penalty but Combe hit back with a try. TJs were not rattled though and they added a cobverted try and penalty to go 5-13 in front as the game ebbed and flowed. In the second half Combe managed to get back to 17-19 before a further TJ try gave them a 17-24 victory.

The result leaves TJs in 8th but with a 10 point lead over 9th as the division few up a few surprises. London Irish WG remain top despite crashing to a 30-8 defeat at Barnes. Bury St Edmunds were rolled over by the in form Hertford 31-30 with the last kick of the game, one which involved 4 red cards, with 3 for the visitors, which suggests the game was not so full of Christmas cheer.

Chichester took most advantage as they climbed to 2nd with a 30-17 win over CS Rugby whilst East G, TJ's next opponents on 3rd Jan, ground out a 23-16 win over Guernsey to go 3rd. Elsewhere Gravesend trounced Westcliff 40-14 and Tring lost again, this time a 24-15 defeat at Amersham & Chiltern.

In National 1 ChangesBlackheath sprung their own surprise on Rosslyn Park with a 37-21 result.  In N2S Canterbury struggled again on the road as they lost 18-8 at Old Elthamians whilst top club Henley lost again, this time a 28-21 defeat by Chinnor. Dorking could have gone top but a red card for scrum half Crow meant Worthing were able to overcome the 14 man Dorking to take the spoils 32-27 but they share top spot anyway. Bishops' Stortford lost 33-32 to Cambridge

Wimbledon remain supreme in L1S a they beat Dover 5-32. Hove are bottom after a 7-47 loss to nearish neighbours Brighton. Charlton Park ambushed Sidcup's title hopes with a 29-16 victory.

Sevenoaks and T Wells locked horns at Skinners School in L2SE as St Mark's was unplayable and Oaks won it with a try in the last play of the game 27-26. League leaders Maidstone ran in 10 tries in their 62-5 defeat of Ashford and look odds on favourites for the title now. Medway remain second after inflicting yet another heavy 5-53 defeat on Aylesford  whilst Deal & B slugged it out with Thanet in a 25-20 home win.   

Horsham sit at the top of the L3SE tree after a 20-40 win over Pulborough and Dartfordians are just a point back after their 5-43 defeat of Park House. Dunstonians are third after a 29-26 win over Bromley after leading 24-0 at one stage. Delight for Lewes though as they won their first game of the season, a 19-26 win at Hastings & Bexhill, a result which remakably lifts then off the bottom.

Cranbrook clung on to top spot in Kent 1 after a 10-8 win over Sheppey. Beccs remain in second after a 5-20 win at bottom club Bexley. NAG lead Kent 2 still after a 67-5 home win over Dartford Valley and Brockleians stay second after their own victory, a 46-22 defeat of Askeans.

 

TJ Disappointment At Island Life

TJs travelled to their bogey island hoping to put their indifferent form behind them against a home side who were 9 points adrift at the bottom at the start of the day.

Unfortunately they could not build on a 12-15 half time lead as Guernsey levelled at 20 all before 3 late penalties eased them to victory. They remain bottom whilst TJs are stuck in 8th. The last game of 2014 now beckons with an away game at Comve on Saturday KO 2pm.

PICTURES FROM GUERNSEY V TJS

Combe had lost three on the bounce to slip to 4th in N3L&SE but a 15-38 win over CS Rugby 1863 lifts them back to 3rd. At the top London Irish consolidated top spot by beating East Grinstead 21-6 whilst Bury St Edmunds eased back into 2nd spot with a 32-11 defeat of Barnes.

At the bottom Tring lost 51-7 to the in form Hertford whilst Gravesend added to Amersham & Chiltern's woes with a 8-15 victory whilst Westcliff went down 13-22 at home to Chichester who seem to be back to winning ways again. 

Rosslyn Park could have closed the gap on leaders Ealing in National 1 but a 16-17 win keeps Ealing's title challenge very much on track. Blackheath lost out to 3rd placed Coventry 12-36.

Canterbury lost again in N2S, this time a 5-36 defeat at home to Cambridge. Dorking might have hoped for a bigger win than their 19-32 defeat of bottom club Dings Crusaders but 4th placed Bishops' Stortford will be pleased with their 40-11 win over Southend. Henley are 1 point clear at the top despite losing heavily to Worthing by 30-7.  Old Elthamians remain in mid-table following their own 39-12 win at home to Clifton.

Wimbledon stay top in L1S after a 20-23 away win at Basingstoke. 2nd placed Sutton & Epsom had a similarly tight result at Dover as they nicked the win in a 14-15 encounter. As with so many divisions the bottom is very tight as proven by Cobham who beat Havant 28-17 to climb 4 places, overtaking Hove who lost out to Chobham in the weirdest scoreline of the day, a 69-38 result.

Maidstone eased to a 9 point lead in L2SE with a strong second half display agaunst Deal & Betteshanger that saw them run out 43-3 victors.  Medway remain 2nd after a 48-14 success over Beckenham and T Wells are 3rd despite losing to Thanet 22-19..  Sevenoaks’ home ground woes continue as their game with Colfeians was postponed due to a water-logged pitch (no flood barrier see!). Crowborough beat Ashford 21-10.

L3SE saw little change at the top where Horsham beat Uckfield 47-15 and Dartfordians overcame Pulborough 7-31. Lewes lost yet again and remain rock bottom after a 38-26 home loss to Dunstonians whilst Park House beat Hastings & Bexhill 22-11.

Cranbrook are top of Kent 1 after a 3-35 win at Southwark Lancers. Beccehamians are 2nd after swithing places with Vigo as they beat them 13-11. In Kent 2 New Ash Green march on after a 14-61 win at Askeans.

 

CS Rugby - A Tough Nut To Crack

Both Clubs are not having the best of seasons and impressive wins have been few and far between so perhaps Saturday's game should not have been too much of a surprise. Neither side could dominate the ball or territory although the TJ scrum had more than the upper hand in the tight. However CS found a narrow TJ defence breachable, four times in fact, to outscore the hosts in tries.

TJs took an early 6 point lead before CS enjoyed somehting of a purple patch in which they rallied at 6-5 before the break. It could have been more but for some resolute TJ defence. TJs normally fire after the break but it was CS who did so to go 6-10 up before they seemed to go to sleep and allowed TJs to take a 23-10 lead.

The dipping sun and dropping temperature suggested things might meander to an end with a few more handling errors to add to the mix. However CS woke from their slumber to cross twice more but a penchant for scoring out wide denied their kicker any real chance of gaining any extras.

A TJ win is a win and this keeps them solid in mid table and well away from those below them. The next 2 games could be defining ones for the TJ season though as they firstly travel to bottom club Guernsey, not a happy hunting ground in previous seasons, and then the final game of 2014 away at Combe, early pace-setters in the division but a side who seem to have fallen off the pace a little in recent months - should be interesting.

Elsewhere in N3L&SE London Irish WG opened up a gap at the top as they beat Combe 20-29. East grinstead took advantage of Bury St Edmunds slightly surprising 23-20 loss at Chichester, to go second as they saw off Westcliff 28-12.

Hertford continue to win as they beat Gravesend 17-27 and Tring added to Guernsey's woes and 9 point deficit at the bottom with a 26-22 home win. Barnes beat Amersham & Chiltern 25-13 to see A&C's poor run extended.

In National 1 Kent club Blackheath went close to upsetting the league leaders Ealing but finally went down 31-27.

Canterbury continue to struggle on the road as they lost 25-15 at Launceston in N2S and they remain just above the bottom three places. Dorking (2nd) beat struggling Shelford 28-22, Bishops' Stortford (4th) beat Lydney 24-43 and Old Elthamians (mid-table) lost 39-33 at Cambridge.

Wimbledon stay in front in L1S, just, after a 37-33 victory over Brighton, with Sutton & Epsom in second after their own squeaky 23-19 win over Basinsgtoke who are having a tough season.

L2SE leaders Maidstone posted the expected result against bottom and winless Aylesford, with a 62 nil win. Maidstone are now 9 points clear of Medway who beat Colfeians 24 nil away from home. T Wells had no game so slipped to third with Sevenoaks closing the gap in 4th after a 12-39 win at Ashford. Deal & Betteshanger beat Crowborough 22-16.

Horsham remain top in L3SE after seeing off Dunstonians 7-29 whilst Dartfordians consolidated their position in 2nd with a 23-14 win over Bromley. Lewes continue to struggle at the bottom and another heavy defeat, 41 nil to Gillingham Anchorians, means they can't wait for 2014 to end. Vigo lead Kent 1 after a tight 8-3 win over Sheppey and New Ash Green lead Kent 2 after a 33 nil win over Whitstable

 

TJs Get Nil Return from Wild Geese

TJs lost out on all fronts as they slipped to a pointless 16-8 defeat at London Irish WG, a result that sees the hosts go top in N3L&SE whilst TJs remain in mid-table on a day full of surprise results.

With Hertford beating Barnes 32-10 and Gravesend edging Tring 18-17 a TJ victory would have made little difference to their league position. However with Bury St E losing 7-18 at home to East Grinstead and Westcliff taking Combe's scalp 18-13 the table tightened up a little.

Guernsey's position at the bottom hardened though as they lost to fellow strugglers CS Rugby 21-14. In the remaining fixture Chichester bought their bad run to an end with a 16-18 win at Amersham & Chiltern.

TJs have another Saturday off before they return on December 6th to host CS Rugby 1863 at The Slade - should be a 2.15pm KO

In N2S Dorking kept up the pressure on Henley at the top as they squeezed out Bishops' Stortford 23-22 at The Big Field. Leaders Henley beat Redruth 17-3 whilst Canterbury remain in the bottom three after a disappointing 24-11 loss at Lydney. This division is always tight though and one win can lift you several places and results are often tight as witnessed by OEs as they were edged out by Southend Saxons 29-26.

Wimbledon and Sutton & E continue to lead the way at the top of L1S button S&E earned today's plaudits with a 39-17 victory over Wimbledon. Sidcup lost ground with a 33-18 loss to Chobham on a day when their 2s also came unstuck 24-7 to TJ 2s. Charlton Park were upset by bottom side Cobham 26-13.

Crowborough piled on the misery for the winless Aylesford Bulls with a 32-6 victory in L2SE but at the top Maidstone took the spoils 18-12 against T Wells to put them 8 points clear of their Town rivals. Medway close in on TW with their own 34-23 win over Sevenoaks who remain fourth.

Horsham and Dartfordians continue to punch it out at the top of L3SE with Horsham 47-0 winners over Gillingham and Dartfordians beating Hastings & B 8-56. Lewes remain winless at the bottom after a 7-38 defeat at home to Folkestone.

 

A Wins a Win It Seems

TJs secus. ed a bonuse point 35-23 victory over Westcliff on Saturday with two late tries. Westcliff saw off Guernsey last weekend but have apparently been shooting themselves in the foot quite regularly in previous games and as a poor game drew to a close they did so again.

The win lifts TJs to 7th (6th is te highest position to date) and leaves Westcliff stuck in the bottom three. Meanwhile at the top BSE beat Combe 20-13 to make top spot their own and Combe slipped to third. London Irish WG, TJ's next opponents, slipped into second on the back of an impressive 17-31 win away at Guernsey.

Barnes saw off Gravesend 29-15 and Hertford continued their fine recent run with a 23-30 defeat of Chichester who continue to slide a little. Tring beat CS Rugby 21-16 to lift themselves off the bottom and East Grinstead beat Amersham & Chiltern 18-5.

In N2S Dorking consolidated second spot with a 14-21 win at Taunton whilst the unbeaten leaders, Henley, had the same scoreline in their win over Bishops' Stortford. Canterbury's 23-22 defeat of Chinnor lifted them four places to 11th and Old Elthamians beat Lydney 38-18.

Wimbledon lead L1S after a 50-22 victory over Gosport & Fareham but Sidcup are not far behind after their own win, a 26-3 defeat of bottom club Cobham.  In L2SE T Wells lost top spot as their game against Crowborough was postponed. Maidstone took advantage to go top after they beat Beckenham 3-39. At the bottom Aylesford are 10 points adrift after yet another loss, this time a 3-33 defeat handed out by Deal & Betteshanger. Serouted Ashford 19-53.

Horsham clung on to top spot in L3SE after a 5-10 victory at Folkestone with Dartfordians in second on points diff after they beat Heathfield & Waldron 34-10. .

 
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