1st XV

Combe Take The Spoils

TJs were hoping to make it two wins from two home games on Saturday but they came up against a solid Combe outfit who eventually out-muscelled then to the spoikls.

JJ Murray scored TJ's only try whilst Luke Giles kicked 3 penalties and a conversion which with just minutes to play gave TJs hope at 16 - 17 only to see Combe slot another penalty and then an intercept try to leave TJs pointless.

Combe's victory sees them top of the table in N3SE after two games with newly promoted Chichster in second after they saw off CS Rugby 18 - 43. Gravesend popped across the water to take on fellow promotees Westcliff and secured a 13-24 win to sit third in the early season table.  BSE are fourth following a 43-21 win over bottom club Hertford.  Guernsey bounced back from last week’s heavy opening day defeat to Combe with a 33 - 28 win over East Grinstead, TJ's next opponents.  London Irish WG secured their first win with a 26 - 16 win over Barnes with Amersham & Chiltern, prehaps surprisingly for some, going down 16 - 10 at Tring.

Elsewhere Canterbury beat OEs 28 - 15 in N2S whilst Bishops' Stortford beat Cambridge 32-19 and Dorking secured their first victory with a 18 - 10 win over Worthing.

In L1S Brighton and Hove shared an 11 point draw which leaft Sidcup in top spot following their 27 - 5 defeat of Charlton Park. ngstoke.  In L2SE the grapevine was still vibrating from the news that Haywards Heath had withdrawn from this league after being relegated from L1S ast season - tough times indeed at HH it seems. Tunbridge Wells impressed with a 24 - 23 win over Medwayand Sevenoaks beat Beckenham 10 - 12. Maidstone opened with a win over Crowborough by 17 - 30.



Hard Shift For TJs

TJs lost out to Kent rivals Combe on Saturday but are showing signs of improvement. Big games all and East Grinstead and Chichester next will show no let up for the squad

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TJs Tough It Out v Tring

Not a game for those who like their rugby slick and fast and faultless but when is a first game of the season ever like that?

Tring have improved season on season at this level and are a tough nut to crack. Their first half performance suggested they may have taken another step forward as tbey led 3 - 14 at one stage with TJs wondering where a try might come from.

However Tring lost a player to the bin and from the ensuing scrum TJs worked the ball right where p1090190Charlie Gregory broke a couple of tackles before Cole Campbell (pictured) crashed over. Minutes later George Yeomans made the hard yards in the centre before Miki Zanarato crossed to close things up at 13 - 14.

Charlie Harding added a third try after JJ Murray had made the all important break. Only one of the TJ tries was converted by Luke Giles whilst Tring's kicker slotted both first half cnversions before adding a third after Tring played keep-ball inside the TJ 22 before going over to make it 20 - 21.

Still time though for TJs and as both sides started to struggle with their early match fitness TJs managed to get field position and Luke Giles slotted the all important penalty kick to go in front 23 - 21 with minutes left.

Tring had a sniff and were awarded a final penalty wide right but their previously reliable kicker then missed and TJs closed the game out for a valuable victory.

Elsewhere Barnes edhed past newly promoted Westcliff 38 -33 whilst promotion hopefuls East Grinstead managed a 22 - 14 win over CS Rugby 1863. Gravesend marked their return to N3 with an impressive 20 - 13 defeat of Bury St Edmunds and Amerhsam & Chiltern beat Hertford 20 - 40. TJ's next opponents Westcombe Park beat Guernsey 37 - 7. We are still waiting to hear the scoreline from Chichester v London Irish Wild Geese.


New Clubs to Face in New Season Fixtures

Not quite so many new faces this season as in previous ones as some old foes have bounced straight back up after relegation. Gravesend and Westcliff rejoin N3L&SE whilst London Irish Wild Geese have flown SE again after dropping down from N2S as results went against them on the last day of the season. With several clubs going up/down in the SW they tend to be the ones who get rearranged from SW to SE as needs be as well.

Amersham & Chiltern and Chichester are the two newbies although the latter have locked horns in 'friendlies' with TJs in recent seasons so will be familiar to some.

TJ's season starts with two successive home games as Tring arrive on the 8th September hoping to build on an impressive 2013-14 campaign. Near neighbours Westcombe Park are at The Slade on the 15th doubtless hoping to put what for them was a disappointing last season behind them.

Chichester are the first up newbies, on 27th September again at Home whilst another Kent club, Gravesend make an immediate return from L1S pitch up on 11th October. Amersham & Chiltern pop down the M40 and round the M25 to visit on 25th October. 

With Dorking having gone up the trip to London Irish Wild Geese on 22nd November may be the one to wet your whistle if you like to make your rugby more of a day out affair.

Still with us after last season are Barnes, Bury St Edmunds, CS Rugby 1863, East Grinstead and Hertford.

And of course Guernsey again provide an overseas option this time as a pre-Christmas jaunt on 13th December with the return leg on 11th April being the Captains' Day event and last home fixture of the season.

A full list of the N3L&SE can be downloaded

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Tough End for TJs on Guernsey

A trip to sunny Guernsey seemed like a nice way to end the season but it proved a bit of a nightmare for TJs as they were dominated from start to finish in a 40 - 7 defeat.

Dan Hawkes scored the only TJ try converted by Luke Makris in a game where TJs also had two yellow and a red card.

Elsewhere Dorking secured the N3L&SE title as expected with a 76 nil away win at Thirrock. OEs claim runners up spot as a result and saw off Bury St Es 45 - 7. Basingstokes chance of survival evaporated as they lost 21 - 61 to East Grinstead whilst Barnes made certain of survival anyway with a 30 - 31 win at Combe. CS Rugby lost out to Tring 27 - 28 whilst Hertford beat Barking 97 nil to cap an awful season for Barking.

In L1S Gravesend secured the title with a 33 - 3 win at Hove with Chichester taking the runners up spot after seeing off Brighton 24 - 31 with the coastal outfit finishing third.

Charlton Park celebrated the title in L2SE with a 44 - 25 win over third placed Medway whiulst Maidstone finished second and a final 38 - 16 defeat of Warlingham. T Wells finished fourth after a 39 - 31 win over D&B with 7Oaks in fifth after beating relegated Heathfield & Waldron 19 - 29.

Thanet claim the L3SE title after a 53 - 14 defeat of Old Dunstonians with Ashford as runners up after a 81 - 17 defeat of Sheppey.


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