1st XV

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. .


BSE End TJ Run

A Sunny November day shone on TJs for 40 minutes on Saturday as they just edged it 10-11 at BSE but with the slope in the home side's favour and a vocal home crowd urging them on it was never going likely to be enough of a lead to cling on to.

As it was TJs competed well for much of the second half but an apparent try scoring opportunity was denied them and just a few minutes later a yellow card went against them and the game turned. Not pivotally as BSE were far more clinical in their execution and running but you need those decisions to go with you at this level when the game is evenly matched.

The end result and performance was perhaps a sobering one for TJs as they had probably played the best team in the league and, if they did not realise what was needed at this level already, then they do now. Fitness, teamwork and the desire to take a game by the scruff of the neck will get you 75% of the way to the result - no league action next Saturday so a chance to recover, ponder and regain fitness ahead of a run of tough games which will decide whether we are a top four side or not.

Elsewhere in National 3(SE) small margins again made the difference with Combe retaining top spot after a couple of tough weeks. A 20-33 away win at Amersham & Chiltern keep them just ahead of BSE with London Irish WG still third after edging CS Rugby 1863 40-34.

East Grinstead slipped up again this time going down 23-16 at a resurgent Hertford whilst Tring's poor season continues after a 33-9 loss at Barnes. Chichester got back to winning ways with a 18-22 win at Gravesend whilst TJ's next opponents, Westcliff, beat Guernsey 34-17. 

In N2S Canterbury are probably kicking themselves after they squandered a game long lead in the dying moments to lose 29-30 to league leaders Henley. Dorking remain second after a convincing 19-39 win over Old Elthamians.

Sidcup gave up top spot in L1S as they lost 18-17 to fourth placed Guildford to allow Wimbledon to climb above them after their 13-23 victory at Twickenham. Basingstoke continue to struggle after they lost 18-23 at home to fellow strugglers Hove. Dover lost 13-20 home to Charlton Park.

L2SE leaders T Wells were knocked off the top after they drew 29-29 with Deal & Betteshanger and Maidstone took advantage after running in 11 tries against Colfes to win 65-17. Aylesford's miserable season contnues after they lost 12-51 to fellow strugglers Ashford. Beckenham edged it at Crowborough 16-19 whilst Sevenoaks had no game and Medway routed Thanet 7-52.

Horsham and Bromley locked horns at the top of L3SE and Horsham went top after a 18-11 win with Dartfordians slipping into second after a 19-32 away win over Uckfield. Lewes lost yet again, this time 16-36 to Heathfield & Waldron whilst Folkestone beat Park HOuse 25-26. In Kent 1 Cranbrook remain top after a 48-7 win over Kings College and Beccehamians are second after a 29-35 victory at Southwark Lancers.  Kent 2 sees New Ash Green (no game) level at the top with Brockleians who beat Greenwich 31-14 and Footscray who beat Edenbridge 33-7. 


3TJs Blow Hot

As TJs strolled on to The Slade pitch you sensed that they might not quite be at boiling point for the start and the first visit of Amersham & Chiltern. In fact as A&C started strongly and TJs kept kicking what ball they had high and into the wind the smart money seemed ot be shifting in the visitor's favour.

The weird thing was though that the A&C back three kept running it back but TJs were hard in the tackle and managed to turn the ball over or splinter any attack; snaffle the ball; whip it through the hands; and score. Six times in fact as TJs scored 6 converted first half tries before ending the half with a single penalty to blow A&C away.

The visitors simply had no answer and what ever they tried failed and every bounce of the ball, intercept or offload seem to go TJ's way. Perhaps understandably this did not continue for the next 40 minutes as A&C kept hold of the ball for longer and won the second half 5-14 to regain some sense of achievement although ultimately they left with nil points and TJs had a bonus point win to lift them over A&C into 6th.

With other results in N3(SE) largely not going to form it has tightened everything up again with the next best result being Hertford's away 26-27 win at the previously unbeaten Combe who had the double whammy of a 5 point deduction as well this week.

Bury St Edmunds were the main benefactors as Combe's 9 point lead is now zero after BSE beat Guernsey 26-30 to merely trail Combe on points difference. TJs travel to BSE next Saturday.

London Irish WG are thurd after an expected 20-52 win over bototm Tring whilst East G had a scare at home to Gravesend as they sneaked it 27-24 in the end. Chichester are on a bad run still as they lost 25-28 at Barnes whilst down near the bottom CS Rugby moved up at the expense of Westcliff in a tight 26-24.

N1 saw Blackheath travel to Richmond for one of the game's historic fixtures, oldest recorded game, and lose 36-27. In N2S Canterbury must have been expecting a big win as they took on bottom club Dings but they ended up sharing the spoils in a 36-36 draw after leading for much of the game. Old Elthamians good start faltered perhaps expectedly as they lost 48-19 to league leaders Henley but Dorking press on victorious in second after a 49-34 win over Clifton.

Sidcup continue to rule the roost in L1S after a 32-5 win over Dover but Wimbledon remain in the hunt following their own 51-14 drubbing of Chobham. Tunbridge Wells piled on the agony for Aylesford in the top v bototm clash in L2SE as the town side won 50 nil. Second placed Maidstone travelled to third placed Sevenoaks and edged it 31-32 right at the death. Crowborough are making a better fist of their season now as they beat Colfeians 13-22 and Ashford recorded their first win of the season with a 48-25 win over Thanet.   

L3SE sees  Bromley and Horsham as joint leaders with Bromley beating very near rivals Park House 21-6 whilst Horsham whacked Heathfield & Waldron 5-56. Lewes' terrible season though continues as they went down 92-7 to Dartfordians. Cranbrook are having a better season in Kent 1 as they lead with Beccs who beat Sittingbourne 51 nil whilst the Cranes saw off Bexley 12-29. In Kent 2 New Ah Green are top and unbeaten as they beat Edenbridge 7-32


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