1st XV


After last Saturday's set back against East Grinstead TJs were looking to bounce back against the league leaders Dorking, mindful that they had also lost the previous weekend. The Big Field has rarely been a happy hunting ground for TJs but the carnage of a 93 - 14 defeat was painful to watch and even harder to play in.

Luckily the Invicta Warriors impressed with a 10 - 52 victory at Blackheath whilst the Premiership 2 squad dinsmantled T Wells 3s 30 - 19 at home.

Back at Dorking the loss leaves TJs still fourth but just one point ahead of Bury St Edmunds albeit with a game in hand. BSE defeated East G 13 - 8 whilst Thurrock lost 8 - 29 to Tring to leave them firmly in the relegation places.

Barnes failed to back up the win over Dorking as they slumped to a 66 - 10 defeat at the title-chasing OEs. Basingstoke hurt bottom club Barking 64 - 12, Guernsey beat TJ's next opponents (Sat 22nd) Hertford 27 - 24 and Westcombe Park went down 23 - 37 at home to CS Rugby 1863.

TJs were not the only onse to suffer a 90 point massacre as Gravesend shut out Beckenham 99 nil to leave them in the box seat re L1S as they are just one point behind Chichester with a game in hand. Chi beat Sutton & Epsom 48 - 8. Staines and Haywards Heath remain rooted to the bottom after further defeats with Staines going down 62 - 15 to Sidcup and HH 94 nil at home to Wimbledon. Ouch

T Wells continued their good form with a 21 - 13 defeat of Crowborough to move into fourth in L2SE after Sevenoaks drew 13 all with leaders Charlton Park. CP remain 11 points clear of Medway, with a game in hand as well, althoug it was so very nearly more as Medway only just squeezed past Warlingham 27 - 28. Maidstone's promotion push faltered again this time with a 16 - 11 reverse ate Deal & B.

Thanet topped the points list though in L3SE with a 104 nil win over Beccehamians to leave them 6 points clear of Ashford who beat Gillingham 43 - 15. Ashford though have a game in hand still so this one could go down to the wire.

Judging by some of the scores yesterday there must have been something in the flood waters!!


G Force The Win

TJs did well to get this game on after more recent rain although in the end the playing surface was in pretty good condition. The journey to the pitch though was a little bit hairy with so much mud and water around.

Everything was set up for a tight match and so it proved. 26 points at East G last time out and the same again this time but instead of a 13 all draw EG won the game 12 - 14 to consolidate their 3rd place in N3L&SE

TJs appeared to 'want it more' in the first half and deserved their 7 point lead at half time after Richie Bent scored from excellent pressing in the EG 22 as he charged down the attempted clearance kick to score under the posts.

EG though appeared to have the weight advantage up front whilst the TJ backs showed the better speed and at times, handling. Both sides though struggled at times with poor handling in direct contracts to the exemplary performance by both sides in much wetter conditions way back when at EG.

The second half started with EG striking back on the wide right with a try from their winger. 6 minutes later though TJs enjoyed the bounce of the ball to take it deep into EG territory and just as it seemed the chance may disappear up popped the rampaging Brad Tobbits to take a scoring pass and crash over. 12 - 5.

Two penalties from EG though brought them back to within 1 point at 12 - 11 before the inevitable happened and TJs were penalised as they tried to stem the flow and EG stroked over the winning kick to take the spoils 12 - 14.

The result leaves TJs fourth now 8 points behind EG albeit with a game in hand. Things get even tougher though with an away trip to leaders Dorking although they surprisingly lost 24 - 17 at struggling Barnes whilst Old Elthamians are just one point behind Dorking after they saw off (just) Tring 20 -29.

In the remaining games CS Rugby came unstuck 13 - 50 to Guernsey and Hertford beat Basingstoke 29 - 14. Combe came up trumps with a 30 - 29 defeat of Bury St Edmunds.

In L1S Chichester very nearly let Gravesend open up a much bigger gap as they just held off Sidcup 17-20 whilst Gravesend beat Cobham 16 - 56 to go 4 points clear at the top. Brighton lost ground after they slipped to a 19-12 defeat at Chobham.

Charlton Park look to have L2SE all to themselves now as they beat Deal & B 25-11 to go 13 points clear at the top whilst Maidstone lost ground after losing 33-37 to T Wells. Medway took advantage to go second after they beat Lewes 36-19. Sevenoaks beat Old Colfeians 16-22.

Thanet lead L3SE after a 25-34 win at Bromley with Ashford still second after a 19-44 win at Beccehamians. Looks like a two horse race here.

Canterbury edged past Shelford 25-20 to stay second in N2S but 7 points behind the leaders Hartpury College who only just edged past Dings Crusaders 29-22. The two meet at the end of March.



TJs Close In On Top Three

At last, a game at our proper home, The Slade, allowed TJs to play one of their two games in hand and secure a valuable bonus point win over Westcombe Park in a 33 - 13 victory.

An early try by Tom Noott and one by Lee Campion as the half ended gave TJs a 14 - 3 lead at half time. Three more tries by Tristan Sweden, Thomas Nabbs and Mike O'Sullivan took the game away from Combe to 33 - 6 before a late try by the visitors brough the game to an end.

That bonus point win leaves TJs just 5 points behind next week's opponents East Grinstead and still with a game in hand.

Dorking also caught up with a postponed game and routed CS Rugby 59 nil away from home to go back to the top above OEs. Bury St Edmunds beat Thurrock 27 - 60 to remain 5th in the only other N3L&SE fixture.

No games in L1S for the leaders but in L2SE T Wells went level with 7Oaks in 5th after they beat Colfeians 9 - 23. Maidstone consolidated second place with a 27 - 10 defeat of Crowborough.


TJs Make Things Tough at BSE

A long trip north for this encounter and TJs were looking to put some consistency back into their performance against a BSE side just one place below them in the league. A convincing 46 - 11 home win is now a distant memory after TJs had to come back from 23-12 down to earn a draw at 23 apiece despite playing with 13 men at one stage.

A converted first half penalty try plus a Lee Campion effirt meant TJs trailed 16-12 at the break. BSE extended their lead to 23 - 12 before Campo added a second before a Luke Makris penalty got TJs within striking distance. That strike though did not come until the last kick of the game as Makris slotted a final penalty to earn the draw.

Elsewhere leaders OEs romped to a 73 - 10 win over bottom side Barking but Dorking remain just one point behind them with a game in hand after they beat Tring 26 - 3. TJ's next opponents Combe lost 25 - 10 away at Guernsey. Basingstoke and CS Rugby also drew with a 17 all score and third placed East Grinstead beat Barnes 43 - 12. Thurrock v Hertford was the only game off.

The results leaves TJs still in fourth but now 10 points behind East Grinstead albeit still with two games in hand. ONe of those is on Saturday as TJs play Combe (KO 2.30pm) whilst Dorking will hope to go top again as they travel to CS Rugby. In the only other game Thurrock play BSE.

In L1S the leaders Gravesend remain top although a 17 - 13 defeat of Chobham was a bit closer than they would have liked. Chichester kept up the pressure in second with a ridiculous 112 - 15 defeat of Beckenham, yet they are still some way behind Gs on points difference?!

Sevenoaks v Medway was the only game to survive the weather in L2SE and the home side pulled off a 29 - 25 win to go fourth. Charlton Park are now some 16 points clear at the top of both Medway and Maidstone although Stones have 2 games in hand.

Thanet moved 11 points clear at the top of L3SE as they beat Burgess Hill 42 - 7. Ashford remain second after their game was postponed but they now have 2 games in hand on Thanet.

No games in N2S whilst Blackheath continued their steady climb up the table in SSEN1 with a 12 - 36 win at bottom club Hull Ionians.



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.


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