1st XV

Seven From Seven

TJs maintained their winning start to the season with a 22 - 5 home win over Barnes on Saturday. With a strong wind and squally showers making running rugby difficult both sides went about the game in typically robust style. With little opportunity to play a flowing game it was all about taking your chances and TJs did this far better securing 4 tries and a bonus point to stay second in the division.

League leaders Dorking beat Barking 61 - 8 to maintain their 4 point lead at the top. East Grinstead moved into third with a 26 nil defeat of Tring whilst Old Elthamians slipped to fourth on points difference despite beating Hertford 25 - 6. TJ's next opponents Bury St Edmunds lost 29 - 39 to Guernsey. Thurrock and CS Rugby 1863 played out a 24 all draw whilst Combe came unstuck 40 - 8 at Basingstoke.

In London 1 South Chobham remain top on points difference from Chichester after suffering their first defeat of the season a 10 - 8 loss at Sutton & Epsom whilst Chi beat Haywards Heath 34 - 12. Gravesend beat Havant 32 - 14 to go third.

L2SE leaders Deal & Betteshanger saw off the Medway challenge 24 - 12 with Maidstone in second but again only on points difference after they beat Crowborough 12 - 19. Sevenoaks impressed with a 31 - 18 win over Warlingham whilst T Wells slipped up with a 17 - 19 home loss to Colfeians.

Folkestone remain unbeaten and at the top of L3SE after a 22 - 18 win over Gillingham Anchorians. Horsham stay second after squeexzing past Old Dunstonians 24  27 whilst Thanet are thrid on points difference after a 41 - 19 defeat of Uckfield.

In the National leagues Canterbury slipped into fourth in N2S with a 41 - 51 win at Exmouth. London Irish Wild Geese remain bottom though after they lost 41 - 19 at Shelford. Ampthill are eighth after a 26 - 22 at Taunton Titans.


TJs Dig Deep at Tringp1070316 2

TJs made it 6 out of 6 as they beat Tring 29-35 at Cow Lane on Saturday. A 3 - 22 lead at half time soon became a 3 - 29 lead before Tring begun their anual fight back.

Makris, Cossey and Nabbs crossed in the first half and Campion early in the second to secure the bonus point and Makris added 3 conversions and a penalty to boot. However Tring began to turn the tables and pegged TJs back at 22 - 29 before the birthday boy Makris (pictured) slotted 2 more penalties to move to 22 - 35. Tring scored again with the last play and earned themselves a second valuable bonus point as the game closed at 29-35.

Elsewhere leaders Dorking started brightly and earned their 6th successive maximum points victory at Hertford but they finished poorly by their own standards at 24-41. TJs stay second with OEs just behind but only on points difference after they beat CS Rugby 19-49.

Barnes lost again, this time to Bury St Es by 10-19 and that places BSE 4th. EG beat Barking 49-5 to secure 5th whilst Combe beat Thurrock 37-21 to leave the Essex side pointless and bottom. Guernsey blew their early kick off with the visitors Basingstoke winning with the last play 31-33.

In London 1 South Chobham march on at the top after a 51-15 rout of Beckenham. Chichester are 4 points behind after they beat Cobham 28-35. Gravesend clung on to 3rd after they beat Wimbledon 16-19 with Brighton 4th after they beat bottom club Staines 21-37.  

Maidstone moved top of L2SE with a bonus point 7-38 defeat of Aylesford whilst Deal & B slipped to 2nd after they could only manage a 8-20 win at warlingham. Crowborough went down 31-8 to 3rd placed Charlton Park. Sevenoaks beat Lewes 17-39 but T Wells lost 25-20 at medway.

Folkestone took over at the top of L3SE after they beat Sheppey 67-17 and unbeaten Horsham lost to Thanet 14-28. Bromley edged past Gillingham 34-35 in the closest result of the day.


TJs Cut Loose

3 2TJs enjoyed a 78 - 14 and 10 try romp against Barking on Saturday to stay second in N3L&SE. With TJs unbeaten and Barking winless after four weekends many had predicted a TJ victory although the margin was something of a surprise.

TJs 1 to 15 revelled in the open spaces of the second half after Barking had kept TJs to a 28 - 14 lead at the break. Matt Logan at Centre led the try scoring with 3 with winger Will Ward adding a brace before switching to scrum half. The second row pairing of Sweden (pictured) and Nabbs were everywhere and Luke Makris added to the mix with 7 conversions and 3 penalties to secure TJ's first bonus point of the season.

The leaders Dorking notched up their 5th straight bonus point win with a 53 - 8 defeat of CS Rugby 1863 despite trailing 6 - 8 at the break. Old Elthamians remain third on points difference as they won their local derby 39 - 9 with Combe who are now fourth from bottom. East Grinstead bounced back from last Saturday's defeat with a 34 - 12 win over Hertford. Thurrock and Basingstoke remain winless and bottom after they lost 24 - 40 to Guernsey and 25 - 10 to Bury St E respectively. Barnes secured their first win of the season with a 21 - 18 defeat of TJs next opponents Tring (next Saturday KO 3pm at Tring)

In N2S both Canterbury and London Irish caught leaders Chinnor and Clifton napping as they both secured good wins, 20 - 13 and 21 - 20 respectively

In L1S Chobham lead the way after a 10 - 15 win at Cobham whilst Gravesend moved back into second after they saw off Staines 43 - 7. Chichester are third after a 33 - 11 defeat of Dover.

L2SE is led by Deal & B after they beat Lewes 34 - 22. Maidstone continue their fine form in second after they beat Charlton Park 38 - 20 to leave the visitors third. Sevenoaks enjoyed a 26 - 15 defeat of Aylesford but T Wells went down 15 - 20 at home to Warlingham. Crowborough beat Old Colfeians 6 - 5.

And in L3SE Horsham stay top after a 30 - 33 win at Ashford with Folkestone second after a similarly tight 18 - 25 win at Old Dunstonians. Gillingham are third after they beat Sheppey 18 - 39.

Next Saturday in N3L&SE Barking face East G at home, Barnes play Bury St Edmunds, CS Rugby 1863 tackle Old Elthamians, Guernsey entertain Basingstoke, Hertford take on leaders Dorking, Tring play host to TJs and Combe face Thurrock.


Big Shift For TJs

Results went TJs way as they went from 5th to 2nd after beating Hertford away 12 - 21. Tries from Will Ward (on debut) and Brad Tibbits paved the way with Luke Makris adding one conversion and two penalties as TJs went into a 18 nil lead with 20 minutes remaining.

They then lost Riche Bent to a second yellow and Hertford came back with two tries and a conversion to narrow to 12 - 18. TJs though closed the game out as they managed to break out and secure another Makris penalty to make it 12 - 21.

Elsewhere East Grinstead suffered their first defeat with a 16 - 14 defeat at CS Rugby 1863. OEs drew 17 all with Guernsey away and TJs climbed to 2nd. Leaders Dorking beat Combe 24 - 48 to saty top.

Barnes broke their duck with yet another tight result, a 30 - 33 win over Barking, TJ's next opponents. The games at Tring and Basingstoke were both affected by an accident on the M25. Tring's game with Bury St Edmunds was delayed until 4pm as the ref was stuck in the jam and they went down 17 - 31. Thurrock's game at Basingstoke never took place though as they failed to make it.

Dorking now lead on maximum (20pts) from 4 games with TJs second on 16 and ahead of OEs on just goal difference.

Elsewhere in London 1 South Chobham had a fantastic 53 - 10 win over Chichester to go top whilst Sidcup slipped into second with a 27 - 8 defeat of the previous leaders Gravesend. Sutotn & Epsom continued their improvement with a 41 - 26 win at Staines.

In L2SE T Wells followed up their win over 7Oaks with a 20 - 26 defeat of Lewes but Charlton Park still lead the division after a 33 - 39 win at Aylesford, Deal & B went second after a 12 - 15 defeat of 7Oaks and Maidstone are third after they made up for last Saturday's shock loss with a 13 - 72 romp at Colfeians. Crowborough continued their tough start with a 16 - 7 loss at Medway.

In L3SE Horsham have maximum points after a 37 - 5 defeat of Beccs whilst Folkestone went second after ending Thanet's good run 25 - 22. Gillingham are thrid after a 51 - 17 thumping of Burgess Hill. 


Civil Service make Going Tough

After an early loss to Tring and a win at home to Barnes TJs were probably uncertain as to which CS side would turn up at The Slade on Saturday. As it was they probably should not have been too unsure as CS are never easy to beat and so it proved although an 18 nil scoreline may suggest some degree of comfort.

A 3 nil half time lead probably tells a story though as both sides clattered into contact with few inches given and a lot of balls going to ground or missing hands. The second half was brightened by a well worked Ian Davey try converted by Luke Makris to go with his first half penalty. A second penalty made it 11 nil before CS held Toby Martin back (impossible normally) as he was about to dive on the bouncing ball in goal. Luke converted and the whistle blew. Not great and certainly not pretty but TJs are 3 from 3 now but that first bonus point still evades them.

Leaders East Grinstead nearly met their match in Combe but ran out 28 - 22 victors to stay top. Second placed Dorking survived an Islanders onslaught to win 30 - 20 over Guernsey to remain just behind G Force. OEs are third after a 49 - 14 defeat of Basingstoke with TJ's next opponents still in fourth after they saw off Barnes 29 - 34.

Bury St Edmunds beat Thurrock 49 - 24 and Tring thumped Barking 60 - 14 in the other two games. Those results mean that Barnes, Barking, Guernsey, Thurrock and Basingstoke are al still winless after three games.

In N2S it is the 3 Cs who lead the division after Clifton beat Ampthill 20 - 37, Chinnor beat Shelford 19 - 24 and Cambridge lost 19 - 13 to Hartpury College. The fourth C, Canterbury secured their first win with a 33 - 25 defeat of Launceston.   London Irish Wild Geese just missed out on a win as they went down 35 - 37 to Bishop's Stortford.

In London 1 South Gravesend lead the way after two games after they beat Haywards Heath 74 -5. Chichester are next after a 68 - 21 win over Hove with Cobham third after a 32 - 3 victory over Wimbledon.

In L2SE the game of the day pitched TW v Sevenoaks with the hosts squeezing in for the spoils by 28 - 24. Charlton Park lead though after two games as they beat Old Colfeians 19 - 5. Deal & B beat Aylesford 22 - 8 whilst Maidstone went down 19 - 21 to Medway. In L3SE Ashford lost 29 - 41 to and Thanet Wanderers beat Sheppey 7 - 3.


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