1st XV

TJs Tame Thurrock

Not the best or most exciting of performances but TJs won't care about that after recent setbacks, a win is a win and 47 - 10 and a bonus point will do nicely, thank you. Last season TJs and Thurrock shared the spoils with an away win apiece and both games won by just 2 points. This one looked like being another close affair until TJs went through the gears and the Thurrock defence finally cracked.

First half tries by Logan and Davey along with 3 penalties from Makris gave TJs a 19 - 3 HT lead. Further tries by Campion and McNamara, both converted by Makris, in the first 6 minutes of the second half took TJs away from the visitors. Martin and Davey again added further tries in the 77th and 79th minutes with Makris again adding the extras.

At the top Dorking shared a 108 point game with Bury St Edmunds with Dorking winning 73 - 35 to go 8 points clear at the top as second placed Old Elthamians lost 20 - 14 to third placed East Grinstead. A result which leaves EG 6 points back from OEs with TJs still 4th and 2 points further back.

TJ's next opponents, Basingstoke lost 31 - 17 at Barnes and their Christmas opponents Westcombe Park beat Barking 9 - 37. Hertford beat CS Rugby 18 - 13 whilst Tring's recent good form came to an end as they lost out 23 - 33 to Guernsey.

In London 1 South Gravesend moved to the top after beating Chichester 24 - 23 to leave Chi second by just one point. Chobham remain thrird after a 62 - 3 defeat of Haywards Heath but Brighton are level with them on points after they beat Sutton & Epsom 23 - 35.

Maidstone got back on track at the top of L2SE after last weekend's loss to Sevenoaks, by taking it out on Lewes 58 - 14. Charlton Park though are just one point behind after thrashing Warlingham 79 - 5. The rest are 10 points adrift with Sevenoaks pressing hard after a 7 - 24 win at Crowborough. T Wells eased recent concerns with a 14 - 24 win at Aylesford Bulls.

Ashford went to the top of L3SE with a 38 - 34 defeat of Old Dunstonians as Thanet lost 29 - 19 at Gillingham Anchorians. Only 6 points separate the top 5 sides in the division now.

In N2S Canterbury beat Ampthill 33 - 30 to drag the As back to third and just 2 points ahead of Canterbiry who remain fourth.

 

Second Defeat in Two Weeks Hurts TJs

A second defeat of the season leaves TJs 12 points off a play off berth and 16 points adrift of the leaders Dorking but all is not lost as they pushed OEs all the way on Saturday before succumbing 35 - 18.

Tries from Chris McNamara and Brad Tibbits plus a DG from Dan Hawkes and a penalty + conversion from Luke Makris were not enough in cold conditions.

Elsewhere Dorking failed to secure a bonus point for the first time in their 25 - 13 defeat of third placed East Grinstead. Bury St Edmunds remain fifth after seeing off CS Rugby, just, 36 - 32. TJ's next opponents Thurrock had an even closer result after beating Barnes 34 - 33 whilst Tring won on the road, 7 - 28, at Basigstoke. Combe lost 32 - 36 to Hertford and Barking are rooted to the bottom after they lost 45 - 7 at Guernsey.

No change in London 1 South where Chichester saw off Staines 57 - 14 to hold on to top spot. Gravesend stay second after they beat Sutton & E 41 - 5 and Chobham are third still despite losing 17 - 15 to Dover.

L2SE leaders Maidstone surprisingly went down 23 - 22 at Sevenoaks andCharlton Park closed the gap with a 17 - 37 win at Lewes. Deal & B beat Crowborough 23 - 12 whilst T Wells put their recent poor form behind them with a 32 - 10 defeat of Heathfield & waldron.

Thanet remain top of L3SE after they shared a 15 all draw with second placed Ashford. Folkestone benefitted from that result to close the gap in third after they beat Burgess Hill 93 nil

In N2S Canterbury nearly toppled leaders Hartpury College but finally went down 39 - 36 but remian fourth.

 

Dorking Take Control

First v Third on Saturday and everyone was hoping for a tight game with both sides looking to protect their unbeaten records. Dorking arrived as clear favourites having notched up 9 bonus point wins on the bounce to date to put them clear at the top in N3L&SE. TJs for their part had beaten all comers and drawn with East Grinstead last Saturday.

A large crowd, swelled by local interest and a sizeable number of travelling supporters witnessed a game that started tight but in the end saw Dorking run out comfortable winners 3 - 30 for yet another bouns point win.

It took 31 minutes before the first score, a converted try for Dorking and a further try meant they led 13 nil at the break. TJs clawed back a penalty in the second half but Dorking pulled away with further tries and a win that leaves them 5 points clear at the top as TJs slip to fourth.

Elsewhere Old Elthamians, who TJs play next week away at 2.30pm, kept up their challenge with an impressive 11  42 win at Barnes. EG jumped over TJs into third after they beat Bury St Edmunds 22 - 17.

In other results Tring had their usual topsy turvy affair before beating Thurrock 45 - 31, CS Rugby went down 13 - 21 to Westcombe Park, Barking lost 19 - 36 to Basingstoke and Hertford beat Guernsey 15 - 12.  

In London 1 South Chichester stay top after a 38 - 20 win at Sutton & Epsom with Gravesend, TJ's next opponents in the Kent Cup, 2 points back despite them routing Beckenham 50 nil away from home. Chobham are third after 31 - 15 defeat of Hove.  

In L2SE Maidstone continue to set the pace after a 41 - 15 defeat of Deal & B. Charlton Park are second after a tight 23 - 18 defeat of Sevenoaks. Tunbridge Wells continue to slip down the table after they lost 15 nil at Crowborough.

L3SE is led by Thanet after they beat Beccehamians 10 - 31 but Ashford remain just one point back after squeezing past Gillingham Anchorians 23 - 24.

In National 2 South Canterbury held on to fourth spot, just, as they had to come from behnd to beat the struggling London Irish WG 23 - 20. Hartpury College still lead the division despite losing 32 - 29 at Redruth. Ampthill are second after a 20 - 31 defeat of Shelford.

 

Kent Cup Quarter Finals Line Up

TJ's 36 - 5 defeat of T Wells in the 3rd round sees them through to the QF of the Kent Cup and a tough draw awaits those still in the hat.

Blackheath beat Maidstone 22 - 18 to seal their place whilst Canterbury saw off Old Colfeians 45 - 24 and OEs beat Charlton Park 18 - 17. In other games Beckenham, Deal & B and Gravesend all had walk overs
The QF line up is to be played before 23rd February 2014 and is as follows

Gravesend  v  Tonbridge Juddians
Deal & Betteshanger v Blackheath
Thanet Wanderers v Old Elthamians
Beckenham v Canterbury

Semi Final on or before 16th March 2014 with the Final on Sunday 27th April at 3.30 pm at FOOTSCRAY RFC

 

G Force Stalemate

It was always going to be a tough one as 2nd met 3rd but neither side probably expected or wanted a draw but it ended up at 13 apiece and a share of the spoils albeit significantly less spoils than awarded for a win.

The leaders Dorking and new second placers OEs benefitted the most with Dorking seeing off Barnes 32 - 18 and securing their 9th bonus point win and OEs leap frogging to 2nd and 5 points back after they beat Tring 40 - 8.

At Sandy Hill the first half was largely stalemate with EGs scoring the only points of the half through a penalty goal. They extended the lead with a further penalty early in the second half before TJs finally troubled the scorers.

Mike O'Sullivan went over from close range after a series of forward drives with Luke Makris adding the extras. A furtehr penalty almost immediately afterwards gave TJs a 6 - 10 lead which they held on to until the last 10 minutes when EGs took advantage of TJ sins to score their own try in the 73rd minute to go 13 - 10 in front. TJs still found time to secure another penalty to draw level at 13 all before time ran out.

Elsewhere Thurrock won the battle at the bottom with a 27 - 14 defeat of Barking which sees them switch positions. Basingstoke beat Hertford 21 - 13 and Busrt St E were just edged out of it by Combe in a 16 - 18 finish. Guernsey went down 23 - 30 to CS Rugby 1863

In L1S Chichester stay top after they beat Sidcup 24 - 8 with Gravesend 2nd after a 51 - 12 rout of Cobham. Chobham stay 3rd and close after they squeezed past Brighton 13 - 18

In L2SE Maidstone continue to lead after they won the local bragging rights over T Wells in a convincing 12 - 42 win at St Marks. Charlton Park remain on their tails after they beat Deal & B 8 - 13 to extend the gap over their beaten opponents. Crowborough beat Heathfield & W 3 - 20 whilst Sevenoaks beat Old Colfeians 27 - 3.

In L3SE Thanet lead by one point from Ashford after they beat Bromley 20 - 9 and Ashford saw off Beccs 68 nil.  

In N2S Hartpury College remain top but only after a scare by near bottom Dings Crusaders who just failed to turn the tables in a 23 - 25 loss. Ampthill moved into 2nd after they beat Exmouth 20 - 42 whilst London Irish remain near bottom after they went down 38 - 28 at Redruth. Canterbury lost 23 - 12 at Shelford despite taking a 12 point lead.

 


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