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