1st XV

Poor Weather Taking It's Toll

Two Saturdays off so far as TJ's games with CS Rugby and then Guernsey have been victims of the weather. The CS one is planned for Saturday 2nd Feb whilst the Guernsey trip is scheduled for 23rd Feb, weather permitting.

There were four games in N3L&SE which did survive the weather on Saturday though with leaders Dorking beating Gravesend 20 - 3 and second placed Barnes defeating a valiant Tring 20 - 15. Bishop's Stortford consolidated third place by beating CS 20 - 29 whilst Westcliff compounded Staines' poor season with a 19 - 35 victory.

 

League Leaders Take Spoils - Just

Both sides managed to cancel each other out in this close but not quite close enough game as Dorking maintained their promotion push with a 16 - 7 win over TJs. Neither side were able to dominate proceedings as the chilly and soft conditions meant the ball was rarely moved wide in a game where the tackle count was high but opportunities to score very low indeed.

A red card for Toby Martin in the first half meant a TJ victory was always a long shot from there on in but the squad rallied in the second half with Dan Hawkes converting his own charge down try, a score which looked like TJs would at least earn a bonus losing point. A late DG from Dorking though put paid to that.

The win keeps Dorking clear at the top but the margin is now just 5 and not 6 points. Barnes kept themselves in the hunt with a 30 - 38 win at TJs's next opponents CS Rugby. Bishop's Stortford saw off bottom club Staines 3 - 66 whilst Combe won the Kent derby against Gravesend 38 - 20 to ensure the top 5 remained largely unchanged. TJs are now 11 points off second place and 5 behind Combe.

Elsewhere the rejuvenated Tring won at the Islanders 21 - 22, Old Elthamians snuck past Thurrock with a 28 - 25 win and Hertford enjoyed a 36 - 11 win over Westcliff. PS - Ampthill and London Irish Amateurs are now both top of N3M and SW respectively.

In London 1 South East Grinstead march on after a 31 - 5 win at Beckenham, a win that keeps them 15 points clear of Chichester who lost to third placed Basingstoke 26 - 16 who are now just a single point behind them.

London 2 SE is a little less tight at the top now after the leaders Brighton beat Thanet 66 - 5 and Charlton Park dominated Crowborough in a 28 nil victory which widened the gap at the top a little. Sevenoaks did their survival chances the power of good with a 24 - 17 win over Medway, a loss which leaves Medway back in 5th and Sevenoaks a win away from getting out of the bottom three.

Maidstone remain 15 points clear at the top in London 3 SE after they beat Uckfield 50 - 7 and Sheppey remain second after beating Folkestone 18 - 10. T Wells slipped into third by edging past Ashford in a 15 - 16 victory

 

Opening TJ Romp v Staines

It was always likely that TJs would win this one as Staines are rooted to the bottom and winless this season. For the first 20 minutes it looked like it would be a cricket score as TJs managed to get to 26 nil in front. A dip in performance led to a period of stalemate and 33 nil was the half time score.

50 points were then rolled in through a variety of forward domination and kicks to willing winger hands as TJs scored 83 second half tries. Jonny Farmer gathered his second hatrick of the season with Buster Collins (pictured) and Ian Davey adding a brace each.

Fly Half Dan Hawkes slotted 9 conversions which well and truly put 2012 behind him and to cap a fine game he also added a first half try of his own.

Elsewhere Dorking won the top of the table clash with Barnes by 14 - 22 whilst Westcombe Park impressed with a 7 - 20 win at Bishop's Stortford. Dorking, TJs next opponents, are now 6 points clear of Barnes in second with 6 points being the separating spread between Barnes from BS, Combe and TJs.

Full results from N3L&SE

Barnes 14 - 22 Dorking  
Bishop's Stortford 7 - 20 Westcombe Park  
Gravesend 20 - 24 Hertford  
Tonbridge Juddian 81 - 0 Staines  
Tring 49 - 13 Thurrock  
Westcliff 10 - 28 Old Elthamians

In London 1 South East Grinstead carried on 2013 where they left 2012 with a 40 - 5 win over Cobham. Chichester remain second after a 36 - 3 win over Havant but Basingstoke stay in the hunt with a 57 - 14 win at Gosport & Fareham. Colfeians and Trojans remain stuck at the bottom but pushed all the way today with 3 - 10 and 13 - 14 losses to Sidcup and Haywards Heath respectively.

In London 2SE Brighton maintained their lead with a 20 - 8 win at Medway. Charlton Park went second with an impressive 41 - 13 win at Lewes. Crowborough slipped to third after drawing 16 all with the visitors Sevenoaks. 9 points is the gap between 1st and 7th in this division - incredibly tight. 

In London 3SE Tunbridge Wells started 2013 on the right note with a 22 - 10 win over Horsham to stay second on points difference from Ashford who won 11 - 8 at Pulborough. Maidstone remain as runaway leaders by 14 points after beating Folkestone 80 nil away from home. Sheppey stay second after beating Bromley 15 - 18.   

 

TJs End 2012 With Defeat at Combe

Tjs suffered only their third defeat of the season as they lost 23 - 14 away at Combe on Saturday. The loss means Combe slip above TJs into 4th as other games went largely with form.

The leaders Dorking enjoyed a 50 - 5 romp at home against Guernsey whilst Barnes clocked u the highest score of the day with a 12 - 88 win at Staines. Bishop's Stortford beat Hertford 3 - 18 to stay third. In the other games CS Rugby 1863 beat Tring 26 - 20, Old Elthamians saw off Gravesend 45 - 9 and Thurrock beat Westcliff 32 - 23.

In London 1 South the leaders East Grinstead remain 10 points clear at the top after a 8 - 34 win at Haywards Heath whilst Chichester remain second despite surprisingly going down 26 - 5 at Hove.

In L2SE things just got even tighter as Lewes beat the leaders Brighton 15 - 22 to mean there are just 2 points between the top four. The win took Lewes to third whilst Crowborough went level with Brighton after beating Heathfield & Waldron 12 nil on the road. Charlton Park are fourth after beating Old Dunstonians 26 nil. Sevenoaks remain in the bottom four after losing 15 - 20 to Warlingham.

Maidstone continue to lead the way in L3SE after an impressive 71 - 14 win over Vigo. Sheppey stay second after beating Gillingham Anchs 19 - 5 and T Wells climb to third after a 6 nil win over Uckfield.

 

Powerful Performance from TJs Against OEs

TJs put in one of their best all round performanes of the season against a spirited Old Elthamians. A tight opening quarter led to a 20 - 16 half time scoreline before TJs pulled away in the second half. 7 tries by Jonny Farmer (2), Charlie Harding (2), Jack Knight, Mase and Toby Martin combined with Dan Hawkes kicking 3 penalties and a conversion was an impressive return in soft conditions with a dropping temperature.

OEs had a lively first half as the league's leading try scorer, Renford Bennett, impressed by taking both chances with some aplomb and no littlle amount of acceleration. TJs also showed some excellent slight of hand and angles of running with Harding's brace involving both with Farmer the provider with the second with a well timed incursion into the middle of the line followed by a splendidly timed pass to send Harding to the line.

Elsewhere in N3L&SE there were no suprises as the top sides all won. Dorking went behind to an early Tring try before responding with 44 unanswered pointes to remain top with a 44 - 5 home win. Barnes remain second after a 45 - 20 win over Hertford and Bishop's Stortford third after a 30 - 10 win over Thurrock.

Westcombe Park are just behind TJs after their 30 - win on the road/plane at Guernsey. TJs travel to Combe next Saturday for their final game of 2012. CS Rugby 1863 enjoyed a 46 nil win over bottom Staines whilst Gravesend saw off the Westcliff challenge 20 - 5.

Next week's fixtures suggest little change again at the top with the Combe v TJs clash being the tightest game on paper it seems with Dorking v Guernsey, Staines v Barnes and Hertford v Bishop's Stortford likely to go with form.

In London 1 South East Grinstead march on with a 67 nil defeat of Havant with Chichester clinging on in second with a 24 - 33 win at Gosport & Fareham. Those two are 15 and 10 points respectively clear of third placed Basingstoke who lost 14 - 5 to Wimbledon. Old Colfeians are bottom after a 12 - 18 loss to Haywards Heath.

L2SE it remains tight at the top after leaders Brighton beat Warlingham 12 - 19 to remain 3 points clear of Crowborough who beat Aylesford Bulls 29 - 23. Third placed Lewes beat Heathfield & Waldron 34 - 16 with Medway beating Thanet 57 - 14. Sevenoaks slipped up again with a 36 - 7 loss at Old Dunstonians which takes them into the bottom four.

In L3SE Tunbridge Wells climbed to fourth with a 22 - 23 win at Folkestone on a rare day when both Clubs saw 1s to 4s playing one another. Maidstone continue to lead the way after a 48 - 3 win at Gillingham Anchorians and are 7 points clear of Sheppey who squeezed past Horsham 17 - 19. Ashford remain third despite a 24 - 19 loss at Bromley. 

 


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