1st XV

TJs Sneak Past Basingstoke

Fourth v Tenth suggested an away win but TJs left it very very late to nick this result in a game far tougher than some may have expected.

Basingstoke had the benefit of a gale in the first half and made best use of it to leace 23 - 16 at HT out scoring TJs 3 tries to 2 in the process. Noot and Rankin scoring TJ's two on 36 and 38 minutes to surprise the hosts. Two early penalties from Luke Makris kept TJs in touch early on.

The second half started well for TJs as Tom Noot scored his second after good work by Chennells and McMahon., Makris converting to make it all square after 50 mins. A penalty and then a try for Basingstoke gave them a 31 - 23 lead and with 5 minutes on the clock all seemed lost as TJs needed two scores to win.

Cometh the hour (well 76th minute) cometh the man as wing Lee Campion decided all was not lost as he scampered over with Makris adding the extras. Two minutes later, after Lee had caught his breath, he went in again to steal the win and add a bonus point for a final result of 31 - 35 and another TJ victory. Phew.

Elsewhere leaders Dorking very nearly suffered their first loss of the season at OEs where they trailed 20 -10 with just 10 minutes to go. A red card for OEs reduced them to 14 men and Dorking stole in for a converted try and a penalty to draw level and share the spoils, thus remaining 8 points clear of OEs at the top.

East Grinstead drew within 3 points of OEs with a 23 - 40 win at Thurrock which leaves TJs just 3 points behind them still. TJ's next opponents Combe lost 22 - 34 to Tring who clearly turned up in the mood as they raced to a 5 - 20 leade after 35 minutes and then gave Combe few chances to come back at them. 

Bury St Edmunds beat Hertford 37 - 9 whilst CS Rugby beat bottom and winless Barking 39 - 13 whilst Guernsey trounced Barnes 58 - 5. 

In London 1 South went top after they beat third placed Brighton 10 - 17 and Chichester lost 22 - 24 to Wimbledon to slip to second.

Charlton Park lead L2SE after beating Old Colfeians 17 - 26 whilst Maidstone slipped from the top after going down 19 - 12 to Medway who climbed to third as a result. Tunbridge Wells climbed a few places with a 20 - 27 win at local rivals Sevenoaks.

In L3SE Ashford remain top after a 8 - 22 win at Folkestone with Thanet just back in second after they beat Sheppey 10 - 31


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


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