1st XV

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.


TJs Pick Off Bury

Nine from nine then as TJs continued their excellent run in N3L&SE with a 7 try defeat of Bury St Es on Saturday. Atrocious first half conditions made the going tough 3and neither side really created too many scroting opportunities but Tristan Sweden did cross for TJs to take an early lead before BSE took the lead with two penalties.

The second half opened with a Murray yellow card but TJs sprung to life with tries by Liam Chennells and Lee Campion (pictured) both converted by Chennells. A further try by Toby Martin secured the bouns point before BSE pulled one back. But TJs proved too strong in the last quarter and further tries by Will Ward, Jack Knight and Dan Hawkes plus two conversions by Hawkes took TJs well clear.

The leaders Dorking had to come from behind to beat the visitors Tring with a penalty and try in the last 2 minutes to snatch the win. Tring had led 25 - 18 but lost a player to the bin and Dorking came back to level at 25 apiece before Tring were restored to full numbers. TJ's next opponents, East Grinstead, remain one point behind TJs in third after they despatched Barnes 5 - 39 - the EG v TJ game is next Saturday at 2.30pm.

OEs remain fourth and a 10 point gap now separates the top 4 sides from the rest. Their 14 - 40 win at Barking keeping their own challenge going. CS Rugby saw off Basingstoke 51 - 38 in a topsy turvy game with the home side leading all the way to the 73rd minute before the Bs took over at 37 - 38 and CS sprung back into life with 2 late tries and fly Half Scott Hadden scoring 21 points. Hertford  left Thurrock still winless and bottom with a 27 - 10 victory whilst Combe bounced back from recent defeats to see off Guernsey 24 nil.

In London 1 South Chichester went top after they beat Beckenham 6 - 20 and the previous leaders Chobham slipped up 20 - 22 at home to Gravesend who climb to second above the losers. Brighton remain fourth despite losing to Havant 23 - 22. Haywards Heath and Staines both remain winless after losses to Sidcup and Dover respectively

Maidstone went top of L2SE after they romped away with a 72 - 5 victory over Heathfield & Waldron. Charlton Park are just behind them after mauling T Wells 44 - 10 with Deal & B losing 15 - 12 at Colfeians. Aylesford are bottom after they lost 9 - 17 to Crowborough.

Horsham went back to the top of L3SE after they beat Sheppey 53 - 3 and the previous leaders Folkestone slipped up with a 29 - 19 loss at Dartfordians. Thanet took advantage as well to go second after they beat Burgess Hill 7 - 39.


Seven From Seven

TJs maintained their winning start to the season with a 22 - 5 home win over Barnes on Saturday. With a strong wind and squally showers making running rugby difficult both sides went about the game in typically robust style. With little opportunity to play a flowing game it was all about taking your chances and TJs did this far better securing 4 tries and a bonus point to stay second in the division.

League leaders Dorking beat Barking 61 - 8 to maintain their 4 point lead at the top. East Grinstead moved into third with a 26 nil defeat of Tring whilst Old Elthamians slipped to fourth on points difference despite beating Hertford 25 - 6. TJ's next opponents Bury St Edmunds lost 29 - 39 to Guernsey. Thurrock and CS Rugby 1863 played out a 24 all draw whilst Combe came unstuck 40 - 8 at Basingstoke.

In London 1 South Chobham remain top on points difference from Chichester after suffering their first defeat of the season a 10 - 8 loss at Sutton & Epsom whilst Chi beat Haywards Heath 34 - 12. Gravesend beat Havant 32 - 14 to go third.

L2SE leaders Deal & Betteshanger saw off the Medway challenge 24 - 12 with Maidstone in second but again only on points difference after they beat Crowborough 12 - 19. Sevenoaks impressed with a 31 - 18 win over Warlingham whilst T Wells slipped up with a 17 - 19 home loss to Colfeians.

Folkestone remain unbeaten and at the top of L3SE after a 22 - 18 win over Gillingham Anchorians. Horsham stay second after squeexzing past Old Dunstonians 24  27 whilst Thanet are thrid on points difference after a 41 - 19 defeat of Uckfield.

In the National leagues Canterbury slipped into fourth in N2S with a 41 - 51 win at Exmouth. London Irish Wild Geese remain bottom though after they lost 41 - 19 at Shelford. Ampthill are eighth after a 26 - 22 at Taunton Titans.


TJs Dig Deep at Tringp1070316 2

TJs made it 6 out of 6 as they beat Tring 29-35 at Cow Lane on Saturday. A 3 - 22 lead at half time soon became a 3 - 29 lead before Tring begun their anual fight back.

Makris, Cossey and Nabbs crossed in the first half and Campion early in the second to secure the bonus point and Makris added 3 conversions and a penalty to boot. However Tring began to turn the tables and pegged TJs back at 22 - 29 before the birthday boy Makris (pictured) slotted 2 more penalties to move to 22 - 35. Tring scored again with the last play and earned themselves a second valuable bonus point as the game closed at 29-35.

Elsewhere leaders Dorking started brightly and earned their 6th successive maximum points victory at Hertford but they finished poorly by their own standards at 24-41. TJs stay second with OEs just behind but only on points difference after they beat CS Rugby 19-49.

Barnes lost again, this time to Bury St Es by 10-19 and that places BSE 4th. EG beat Barking 49-5 to secure 5th whilst Combe beat Thurrock 37-21 to leave the Essex side pointless and bottom. Guernsey blew their early kick off with the visitors Basingstoke winning with the last play 31-33.

In London 1 South Chobham march on at the top after a 51-15 rout of Beckenham. Chichester are 4 points behind after they beat Cobham 28-35. Gravesend clung on to 3rd after they beat Wimbledon 16-19 with Brighton 4th after they beat bottom club Staines 21-37.  

Maidstone moved top of L2SE with a bonus point 7-38 defeat of Aylesford whilst Deal & B slipped to 2nd after they could only manage a 8-20 win at warlingham. Crowborough went down 31-8 to 3rd placed Charlton Park. Sevenoaks beat Lewes 17-39 but T Wells lost 25-20 at medway.

Folkestone took over at the top of L3SE after they beat Sheppey 67-17 and unbeaten Horsham lost to Thanet 14-28. Bromley edged past Gillingham 34-35 in the closest result of the day.


TJs Cut Loose

3 2TJs enjoyed a 78 - 14 and 10 try romp against Barking on Saturday to stay second in N3L&SE. With TJs unbeaten and Barking winless after four weekends many had predicted a TJ victory although the margin was something of a surprise.

TJs 1 to 15 revelled in the open spaces of the second half after Barking had kept TJs to a 28 - 14 lead at the break. Matt Logan at Centre led the try scoring with 3 with winger Will Ward adding a brace before switching to scrum half. The second row pairing of Sweden (pictured) and Nabbs were everywhere and Luke Makris added to the mix with 7 conversions and 3 penalties to secure TJ's first bonus point of the season.

The leaders Dorking notched up their 5th straight bonus point win with a 53 - 8 defeat of CS Rugby 1863 despite trailing 6 - 8 at the break. Old Elthamians remain third on points difference as they won their local derby 39 - 9 with Combe who are now fourth from bottom. East Grinstead bounced back from last Saturday's defeat with a 34 - 12 win over Hertford. Thurrock and Basingstoke remain winless and bottom after they lost 24 - 40 to Guernsey and 25 - 10 to Bury St E respectively. Barnes secured their first win of the season with a 21 - 18 defeat of TJs next opponents Tring (next Saturday KO 3pm at Tring)

In N2S both Canterbury and London Irish caught leaders Chinnor and Clifton napping as they both secured good wins, 20 - 13 and 21 - 20 respectively

In L1S Chobham lead the way after a 10 - 15 win at Cobham whilst Gravesend moved back into second after they saw off Staines 43 - 7. Chichester are third after a 33 - 11 defeat of Dover.

L2SE is led by Deal & B after they beat Lewes 34 - 22. Maidstone continue their fine form in second after they beat Charlton Park 38 - 20 to leave the visitors third. Sevenoaks enjoyed a 26 - 15 defeat of Aylesford but T Wells went down 15 - 20 at home to Warlingham. Crowborough beat Old Colfeians 6 - 5.

And in L3SE Horsham stay top after a 30 - 33 win at Ashford with Folkestone second after a similarly tight 18 - 25 win at Old Dunstonians. Gillingham are third after they beat Sheppey 18 - 39.

Next Saturday in N3L&SE Barking face East G at home, Barnes play Bury St Edmunds, CS Rugby 1863 tackle Old Elthamians, Guernsey entertain Basingstoke, Hertford take on leaders Dorking, Tring play host to TJs and Combe face Thurrock.


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