G Force Stalemate
It was always going to be a tough one as 2nd met 3rd but neither side probably expected or wanted a draw but it ended up at 13 apiece and a share of the spoils albeit significantly less spoils than awarded for a win.
The leaders Dorking and new second placers OEs benefitted the most with Dorking seeing off Barnes 32 - 18 and securing their 9th bonus point win and OEs leap frogging to 2nd and 5 points back after they beat Tring 40 - 8.
At Sandy Hill the first half was largely stalemate with EGs scoring the only points of the half through a penalty goal. They extended the lead with a further penalty early in the second half before TJs finally troubled the scorers.
Mike O'Sullivan went over from close range after a series of forward drives with Luke Makris adding the extras. A furtehr penalty almost immediately afterwards gave TJs a 6 - 10 lead which they held on to until the last 10 minutes when EGs took advantage of TJ sins to score their own try in the 73rd minute to go 13 - 10 in front. TJs still found time to secure another penalty to draw level at 13 all before time ran out.
Elsewhere Thurrock won the battle at the bottom with a 27 - 14 defeat of Barking which sees them switch positions. Basingstoke beat Hertford 21 - 13 and Busrt St E were just edged out of it by Combe in a 16 - 18 finish. Guernsey went down 23 - 30 to CS Rugby 1863
In L1S Chichester stay top after they beat Sidcup 24 - 8 with Gravesend 2nd after a 51 - 12 rout of Cobham. Chobham stay 3rd and close after they squeezed past Brighton 13 - 18
In L2SE Maidstone continue to lead after they won the local bragging rights over T Wells in a convincing 12 - 42 win at St Marks. Charlton Park remain on their tails after they beat Deal & B 8 - 13 to extend the gap over their beaten opponents. Crowborough beat Heathfield & W 3 - 20 whilst Sevenoaks beat Old Colfeians 27 - 3.
In L3SE Thanet lead by one point from Ashford after they beat Bromley 20 - 9 and Ashford saw off Beccs 68 nil.
In N2S Hartpury College remain top but only after a scare by near bottom Dings Crusaders who just failed to turn the tables in a 23 - 25 loss. Ampthill moved into 2nd after they beat Exmouth 20 - 42 whilst London Irish remain near bottom after they went down 38 - 28 at Redruth. Canterbury lost 23 - 12 at Shelford despite taking a 12 point lead.