1st XV

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.


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.


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