1st XV

TJs Add to Barnes Woes

Barnes have been struggling this season and remain third from bottom after this 10 - 23 loss to TJs. Tries from Campo (2) and McNamara sealed the result but TJs missed out on the always valuable bonus point. They remain fourth 7 points behind East Grinstead but with 2 games in hand.

Elsewhere OEs remain top after finally overcoming Hertford 8 - 27 in the last quarter. Dorking are second but only one point back and with a game in hand as they demolished bottom club Barking 10 - 73. East Grinstead eased past Tring 5 - 18 to bring the Tring Boys impressive winning run to an end.

TJ's next opponents, Bury St Edmunds (Away on Saturday) beat Guernsey 12 - 24 and CS Rugby dumped Thurrock 49 - 7. The only game not played was Combe v Basingstoke which was postponed.

In L1S Gravesend moved 4 points clear of Chichester at the top after they beat Havant 3 - 31 and Chi's game at Haywards Heath was postponed. Brighton remain in the promotion mix after they beat Wimbledon 18 - 22.

Charlton Park extended their lead at the top of L2SE to 16 points after a 57 - 3 defeat of Heathfield & Waldron, the only game played in L2SE as everything else was called off. Maidstone remain second and with two games in hand.

L3SE also suffered with the weather as only two games were played with Bromley beating Beccs 25 - 11 and Uckfield losing 6 - 20 to the league leaders Thanet 

Canterbury beat Exmouth 32 - 7 in N2S to consolidate second place with Hartpury College still out in front with Ampthill third. And in SSENational 1 Blackheath beat Coventry 24 - 6 to ease relegation fears.


Windy Win For TJs at CS

In the first of their rearranged games TJs secured a 13 - 22 away win at CS Rugby 1863. Trailing 13 - 7 at half time TJs turned round and benefitted from the gale force wind to secure the result. No bonus point though.

Old Elthamians were also in action and a 46 nil away win takes them top but having now played one game more than Dorking. In the only other game in N3L&SE Combe surprised East Grinstead 18 - 17. THe game between Thurrock and Bury St Edmunds was postponed again.

In L1S Brighton beat Dover 12 - 22 and Havant saw off Chobham 32 - 24 whilst the games between Haywards Heath v Gravesend and Sidcup and Sutton & Epsom were both postponed again. And in L2SE Lewes lost by a point 13 -14 to the visitors Medway.



Tring Win Tussle With TJs

Tring just edged it in this thrilling encounter at Edenbridge RFC with a 21 - 24 final result. Leading 8 - 18 at the break and the addition of two second half penalties proved just enough to seal the win and the points to see them consolidate 6th place in the league.

10TJs looked like they might go on to win as they rallied to 21 apiece with 15 minutes to play but they could not find a way through and a last gasp chance to level or win it was lost as the ball went forward at a quick tap penalty just to the right of the posts.

TJs remain 4th with two games in hand but Bury St Edmunds closed the gap to just 2 points with a 37 - 16 win over Barnes, which leaves Tring just 2 more points back.

Dorking remain 4 points clear at the top as they beat Hertford 29 - 19 with OEs second after they saw off TJ's next opponents CS Rugby 36 - 9. East Grinstead remain third and 10 points ahead of TJs after they beat bottom club Barking 45 - 10. Basingstoke lost 10 - 14 to Guernsey and Westcombe Park edged Thurrock 8 - 10.

In L1S Chichester remain top despite losing 16 - 24 to Cobham. Gravesend could not take advantage of that slip as they too lost, this time 20 - 27 to Wimbledon but they still have a game in hand on Chichester. Staines and Haywards Heath both look doomed already at the bottom after further losses of 40 - 12 and 37 - 7 to Brighton and Dover respectively.

In L2SE Charlton Park remain 11 points clear of Maidstone at the top after a 15 nil win at Crowborough. Maidstone, who have a game in hand, beat Aylesford Bulls 18 - 10. Elsewhere Tunbridge Wells beat Medway 23 - 16 to stay fifth and Sevenoaks beat Lewes 22 - 3 to lie sixth.

Thanet lead Ashford by a single point in L3SE after an impressive 55 - 8 defeat of Horsham. Ashford also impressed with a 55 nil demolition of Uckfield. 

Canterbury remain second in N2S after beating Taunton 27 - 17 but Hartpury College lead by 12 points at the top. Blackheath have been struggling in National 1 of late but surprised top half club Esher 38 - 10 to put themselves level on points with Cinderford and Richmond but Blackheath remain third from bottom.


TJs Back to Basics at Barking

Having not played since December 14th the 1st XV could perhaps have been excused a bit of rustiness and a loss of match fitness as they returned to league action. Perhaps somewhat fortunately their opponents were bottom club Barking who have struggled for much of the season and remain winless.

The return of Thomas Nabbs from down south was a welcome shot in the arm and a reshuffle of the backline saw Luke Makris move to centre with Dan Hawkes at 10 and Will Ward at 9. The water wings were thrown away and debutant Mark Higgins appeared at Hooker.

It took 15 minutes though for TJs to trouble the scoreboard with a penalty from Makris and they 20 nil at Half time befor epulling away for a 8 - 42 victory. Stats still awaited.

The win keeps TJs 4th 6 points ahead of Bury St Edmunds and 6 points behind East Grinstead who have both now played 2 games more than TJs. Leaders Dorking are 4 points clear of OEs despite their game at Basingstoke 13- 20 and Guernsey saw off the Thurrock 34 - 14 whilst East Grinstead edged past Hertford 26 - 35.

TJ's next oppoents, Tring, made it 6 wins from their last 7 with a 40 - 10 demolition of Barnes - let's hope The Slade dries out in time for next Saturday.

In L1S Chichester clung on in second with a 20 - 24 win at Dover and second placed Gravesend had a slightly easier affair with a 48 nil win at Staines. Brighton remain third but 14 points further back after they lost 40 - 3 at Sidcup.

In L2SE there were only three games as Medway edged out Crowborough 7 - 10, Deal & B squeezed past Sevenoaks 27 - 25 and T Wells saw off Lewes in convincing style 43 - 13.

Canterbury remain second in N2S after a 17 - 24 away win at Chinnor


Heavy overnight rain triggered a late postponement of the TJs v Combe game as the River Medway rose several feet during the morning to make the sportsground pitches unplayable. Others in N3L&SE managed to get theri games played but conditions were very difficult indeed judging by reports on Twitter.

Dorking saw off the gritty challenge of Basingstoke to remain top with a 23 - 11 victory whilst Old Elthamians remain second after a 34 - 7 defeat of Thurrock. East Grinstead lie third still but lost 3 - 19 to Guernsey in the surprise result of the day. TJs remain fourth, 2 points back but with a game in hand on G Force.

Barking remain rooted to the bottom after losing 72 nil at Bury St Edmunds whilst Tring continue their good form after a 17 - 12 defeat of Hertford.

In London 1 South Gravesend kept their title challenge on course with a 33 - 10 defeat of Dover. Chichester remain 4 points back after squeezing passed Havant 24 - 18 and Brighton are third after a 27 - 8 win over Hove.

No games from L2SE and below but in National 2 South Canterbury climbed to second after they beat Cambridge 8 - 3 to climb above Ampthill. Hartpury College continue as comfortable leaders though. 


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