1st XV

Wining End To A Tough Season

TJs signed off their season with a commandng first half performance (33 nil at half time) and a final score of 38 - 12. Playing with a strong wind and the sun on their back they were simply too quick in attack and defence for the visitors Hertford.

Skipper Charlie Harding signed off with a brace of tries and the large crowd enjoyed watching a game with a bit of sunshine for a change.

Elsewhere Bishop's Stortford sealed promotion with a 41 - 13 defeat of OEs whilst Dorking now travel to Exmouth in Devon for their play off game to see if they can join them. Dorking beat CS Rugby 1863 (just) 32 - 34 to consolidate their second place finish.

Westcombe Park took third place with a 23 - 27 victory at Barnes who slipped to fourth with TJs fifth - see final league table below.

Tring confirmed their N3 status with a 55 - 25 victory over relegated Westcliff. Fellow relegatees Staines went down 78 - 9 to Guernsey and Gravesend join them despite defeating Thurrock 53 - 45 in another odd scoreline?!.

Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Bishop's Stortford 26 22 1 3 827 374 453 16 106 0
Dorking 26 23 0 3 652 362 290 11 105 0
Westcombe Park 26 19 0 7 800 404 396 20 96 0
Barnes 26 19 0 7 806 568 238 17 93 0
Tonbridge Juddian 26 16 2 8 835 529 306 18 86 0
Old Elthamians 26 15 0 11 748 586 162 13 73 0
CS Rugby 1863 26 12 1 13 675 648 27 20 70 0
Guernsey 26 12 0 14 562 721 -159 11 59 0
Hertford 26 12 0 14 579 646 -67 8 56 0
Tring 26 10 0 16 542 708 -166 8 49 0
Thurrock 26 8 0 18 683 708 -25 16 48 0
Gravesend 26 7 0 19 587 725 -138 17 45 0
Westcliff 26 5 0 21 524 776 -252 10 30 0
Staines 26 0 0 26 228 1293 -1065 2 -3 -5

In London 1 South Basingstoke secured the runners up spot with a 17 - 17 draw at leaders and promoted by some distance, East Grinstead. Chichester just missed out on points difference from securing a play off spot despite beating Dover 15 - 24.

No games in L2SE as they finished last weekend so Brighton go up as Champions and Charlton Park finished runners up.

In L3SE T Wells needed a bonus point win in their last game v Folkestone and despite a slow start they secured it with a 47 - 3 vicory. They finished as runners up behind runaway leaders Maidstone and return to L2SE next season.



OEs By Two

The 1st XV slipped to another loss on Saturday when they went down 17 - 15 to Kent rivals Old Elthamians albeit wiht the last kick of the game. The result does not alter much league-wise as OEs remain in 6th some 8 points behind TJs in 5th. Two losses on the bounce though will be a disappointment for the squad, coaches and supporters.

With one game left now it would be nice to end on a high with a win at home to Hertford next Saturday. The odds on that though narrowed significantly today as Hertford notched an impressive 28 - 3 home win over the once title-chasing Barnes. That loss leaves Barnes level on points with Combe who beat Guernsey 27 nil. Those two play each other at Barnes next Saturday with the winner taking third in the league.

Tring produced the result of the day though with a 14 - 8 win over leaders Dorking to leave the Ds in 2nd behind Bishop's Stortford by a single point after BS beat Thurrock, just, 13 - 19. BS play OEs and Dorking travel to CS Rugby so everything still to play for.

Elsewhere relegated Staines managed a credible 5 - 22 loss to CS Rugby whilst Gravesend sneaked a 18 - 20 win over the also relegated Westcliff. The Gs are now 4 points behind Tring with Tring looking safe as they play Westcliff last whilst the Gs face Thurrock.

In London 1 South runaway leaders and Champions East Grinstead could only manage a 7 - 17 win at Havant but by all accounts conditions were atrocious. Basingstoke remain second after a 51 - 7 win over Wimbledon whilst Chichester have not given up hope in third after a 29 nil defeat of Gosport & Fareham.

In L2SE Champions Brighton suprisingly lost 7 - 30 to Crowborough although they may have been resting a few ahead of their 3rd trip to Twickers in early May? Charlton Park ended up 2nd with a 19 - 3 win over Warlingham. Sevenoaks finished their season in style with a 31 - 19 defeat of Lewes to steer clear of the relegation zone with a bit more comfort this season.

In L3SE Champions Maidstone celebrated an unbeaten season with a 43 - 10 defeat of Bromley whilst Sheppey cling on in second after a 27 - 7 win over Vigo. T Wells beat Pulborough 46 nil and have a better than evens chance of over-taking them as they have a game in hand against Folkestone next Saturday. A win will secure T Wells 2nd spot as they have a much healthier points difference than Sheppey. Folkestone lost 13 - 12 at Park House and are only just above the relegation zone.


Ts Turn Tables On TJs

Thurrock turned round 34 - 8 down at half time before mounting a spectacular fight back to win 39 - 41. Tjs must have felt home and hosed at HT despite Thurrock enjoying the lion's share of possession for the first 40 minutes.

t3A large crowd, boosted by the annual Sponsors Lunch, enjoyed some spring sunshine and very open rugby but the home supporters were left a little shell-shocked, along with the players, when Thurrock eased in front with 5 minutes to play. TJs still had a last charge at the T line which might have produced a kickable penalty but the advntage ran out and TJs were left with just 2 bonus points for all their efforts. The win was nothing more than Thurrock deserved as they never stopped trying and playing.

Elsewhere Dorking had a HWO v Staines and they remain 2 points clear of Bishop's Stortford who beat Westcliff 50 - 5. Barnes clung on in third after a 31 - 28 win over TJ's next opponents Old Elthamians. Combe enjoyed a 15 - 38 win at CS Rugby to stay fourth.

At the bottom Tring came from 22 - 7 down at Gravesend to win 22 - 28 and climb above Gs and out of the relegation zone. Guernsey lost 29 - 41 to Hertford

In London 1 South the leaders East Grinstead won 46 - 12 against Hove whilst Basingstoke stay second afer a 10 - 78 romp at relegated Old Colfeians. Chichester remain 2 points back after beating the other relegated Club, Trojans, 23 - 57.

Brighton also keep on winning in L2SE as they look forward to life in L1S next season after a 22 - 36 win at Lewes. Charlton Park look as if they will finish second after a 66 nil stuffing of and at Old Dunstonians. Crowborough can still overhaul them after beating Heathfield & Waldron 41 - 15 but their last game is away at Brighton. Sevenoaks eased any relegation worries with a 36 - 56 win at Warlingham.

In L3SE Maidstone romp on after a 6 - 107 victory over relegated Vigo. Sheppey remain in second after a 17 - 19 win at Gillingham Anchorians but T Wells wait in the wings in third after a 3 - 41 win at Uckfield. TW trail Sheppey by 4 points but have a game in hand. Bonus point wins against Pulborough and Folkestone should be well within TW's capabilities.


TJs Leave Cliff on the Edge

The 1st XV enjoyed a chilly 24 - 38 away win at Westcliff on Saturday, a result which leaves TJs in 5th whilst Westcliff are left teetering on the relegation doorstep. A brace of tries each for Nabbs and McMahon led the way whilst Davey and Normann grabbed one apiece. Dan Hawkes added 4 conversions to pass 200 points kicked for the season. Westcliff scored 4 tries of their own with 2 being converted.

League leaders Dorking's 11 - 17 win at Combe keeps them 2 points clear of Bishop's Stortford whilst the loss brings Combe back to within 4 points of TJs. Dorking's Mumford was again the points maker with 4 penalties to his name as each side managed just a single try each in wintry conditions. Old Elthamians saw off the visiting Guernsey 42 - 17 whilst Tring had a HWO v bottom and relegated Staines as the latter could not raise a side for the game.

In London 1 South Dover lost 23 - 28 to Cobham and Sidcup lost 16 - 36 to Havant. All four sides are in mid table and safe so no real changes here.

Charlton Park beat Deal & Betteshanger 27 - 17 in London 2SE to maintain their play off position as they trail Brighton by 8pts and lead Crowborough by 4pts. With just two games to go it seems unlikely that anyone will catch CP for that runners up spot.

In London 3SE Vigo lost 17 - 40 to Folkestone and although they have three games left they are as good as down as Maidstone (1st) and Sheppey (2nd) are two of their remaining opponents.


Not a Great Game But TJs Take The Win

TJs secured a 20 point lead against Gravesend and had high hopes of a bonus point 4th try but it never came as Gs fought back with 2 goals of their own. A 20 -14 victory which keeps TJs in 5th and provides Gs with what could be an invaluable bonus point as they sit 5 points clear of Tring who remain thrid from bottom.

The leaders Dorking maintained their 3 point lead at the top after a 64 - 14 romp against Hertford whilst Bishop's Stortford remain in touch after a slightly tougher 37 - 13 win over Tring.

Barnes saw off Westcliff 26 - 17 and denied the Ws a losing bonus point whilst Combe beat bottom placed Staines 10 - 45. Old Elthamians just held off CS Rugby 1863 22 - 29 whilst Guernsey enjoyed a 39 - 19 win over Thurrock.

In London 1 South, East Grinstead cannot be stopped after a 58 - 10 win over Gosport & Fareham. Chicjhester remain second, just, after beating Wimbledon 23 - 24. Basingstoke remain third and just 2 points short of Chi after a 7 - 36 win over Beckenham.

In L2SE Brighton are getting stronger and stronger after a 5 - 59 win at Old Dunstonians and Charlton Park remain second after a last minute penalty try win over Sevenoak by 25 - 18. Sevenoas are just ahead of the bottom two and will be grateful for the bonus point at least. Crowborough remain in the hunt too after a 53 nil rout of relegated Thanet.

In L3SE Maidstone are 27 points clear at the top after a 3 - 33 win away at Sheppey. That loss drops Sheppey to third behind T Wells who beat Bromley 13 - 31. T Wells are now 4 points clear of Sheppey in 2nd but hve played a game more.


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