1st XV

G Force Win

Another tough game in N3L&SE for TJs as they went down 25-19 to East Grinstead on Saturday despite otscoring their hosts 3 to 1 in tries. That loss leaves TJs 10th with EG slipping into 5th. TJs trail the leaders Combe by 10 points after they made it 3 from 3 with a 24-8 win over Tring, Chichester are second and a point behind after they beat Guernsey 54-19. TJs welcome Chi to The Slade next Saturday for a 3pm KO. It's a few seasons now since TJs played Chi in the league  (L1S in 2010/11).

Amersham & Chiltern moved to third after a 28-15 win over Bury St E with London Irish WG in fourth following a big 6-38 away win at Gravesend.  CS Rugby dropped to the bottom after they lost 38-28 at Barnes and Hertford jumped above them with a first win of the season, a 27-5 win over Westcliff.

In N2S Canterbury’s good start came to an end with a 36-25 loss at Worthing whilst Old Elthamians were just edged out by Taunton 29-31. Henley lead the division whilst Dorking beat Chinnor 22-23 to consolidate their top half position.

Sidcup and Chobham are top in L1S with Sidcup enjoying their trip to the seaside with a 7-44 win over Hove whilst Chobham saw off Sutton & Epsom 22-30.  Charlton Park are still searching for that first win after they lost 15-29 to Wimbledon.

T Wells continued their bright start in L2SE with a derby win over Sevenoaks 18-27 and Thanet also made it 2 from 2 with a 24-12 win over Deal & B. Maidstone beat an exciting Ashford outfit 21-34 whilst Medway routed Aylesford 68-14. Crowborough had a week off as they were due to play Haywards Heath who, as mentioned last week, have withdrawn from the league. Horsham top L3SE after a 31-8 win over Pulborough whilst Folkestone are close in second after a 36-17 win over Gillingham Anchorians.

 

Combe Take The Spoils

TJs were hoping to make it two wins from two home games on Saturday but they came up against a solid Combe outfit who eventually out-muscelled then to the spoikls.

JJ Murray scored TJ's only try whilst Luke Giles kicked 3 penalties and a conversion which with just minutes to play gave TJs hope at 16 - 17 only to see Combe slot another penalty and then an intercept try to leave TJs pointless.

Combe's victory sees them top of the table in N3SE after two games with newly promoted Chichster in second after they saw off CS Rugby 18 - 43. Gravesend popped across the water to take on fellow promotees Westcliff and secured a 13-24 win to sit third in the early season table.  BSE are fourth following a 43-21 win over bottom club Hertford.  Guernsey bounced back from last week’s heavy opening day defeat to Combe with a 33 - 28 win over East Grinstead, TJ's next opponents.  London Irish WG secured their first win with a 26 - 16 win over Barnes with Amersham & Chiltern, prehaps surprisingly for some, going down 16 - 10 at Tring.

Elsewhere Canterbury beat OEs 28 - 15 in N2S whilst Bishops' Stortford beat Cambridge 32-19 and Dorking secured their first victory with a 18 - 10 win over Worthing.

In L1S Brighton and Hove shared an 11 point draw which leaft Sidcup in top spot following their 27 - 5 defeat of Charlton Park. ngstoke.  In L2SE the grapevine was still vibrating from the news that Haywards Heath had withdrawn from this league after being relegated from L1S ast season - tough times indeed at HH it seems. Tunbridge Wells impressed with a 24 - 23 win over Medwayand Sevenoaks beat Beckenham 10 - 12. Maidstone opened with a win over Crowborough by 17 - 30.

 

 

Hard Shift For TJs

TJs lost out to Kent rivals Combe on Saturday but are showing signs of improvement. Big games all and East Grinstead and Chichester next will show no let up for the squad

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TJs Tough It Out v Tring

Not a game for those who like their rugby slick and fast and faultless but when is a first game of the season ever like that?

Tring have improved season on season at this level and are a tough nut to crack. Their first half performance suggested they may have taken another step forward as tbey led 3 - 14 at one stage with TJs wondering where a try might come from.

However Tring lost a player to the bin and from the ensuing scrum TJs worked the ball right where p1090190Charlie Gregory broke a couple of tackles before Cole Campbell (pictured) crashed over. Minutes later George Yeomans made the hard yards in the centre before Miki Zanarato crossed to close things up at 13 - 14.

Charlie Harding added a third try after JJ Murray had made the all important break. Only one of the TJ tries was converted by Luke Giles whilst Tring's kicker slotted both first half cnversions before adding a third after Tring played keep-ball inside the TJ 22 before going over to make it 20 - 21.

Still time though for TJs and as both sides started to struggle with their early match fitness TJs managed to get field position and Luke Giles slotted the all important penalty kick to go in front 23 - 21 with minutes left.

Tring had a sniff and were awarded a final penalty wide right but their previously reliable kicker then missed and TJs closed the game out for a valuable victory.

Elsewhere Barnes edhed past newly promoted Westcliff 38 -33 whilst promotion hopefuls East Grinstead managed a 22 - 14 win over CS Rugby 1863. Gravesend marked their return to N3 with an impressive 20 - 13 defeat of Bury St Edmunds and Amerhsam & Chiltern beat Hertford 20 - 40. TJ's next opponents Westcombe Park beat Guernsey 37 - 7. We are still waiting to hear the scoreline from Chichester v London Irish Wild Geese.

 

New Clubs to Face in New Season Fixtures

Not quite so many new faces this season as in previous ones as some old foes have bounced straight back up after relegation. Gravesend and Westcliff rejoin N3L&SE whilst London Irish Wild Geese have flown SE again after dropping down from N2S as results went against them on the last day of the season. With several clubs going up/down in the SW they tend to be the ones who get rearranged from SW to SE as needs be as well.

Amersham & Chiltern and Chichester are the two newbies although the latter have locked horns in 'friendlies' with TJs in recent seasons so will be familiar to some.

TJ's season starts with two successive home games as Tring arrive on the 8th September hoping to build on an impressive 2013-14 campaign. Near neighbours Westcombe Park are at The Slade on the 15th doubtless hoping to put what for them was a disappointing last season behind them.

Chichester are the first up newbies, on 27th September again at Home whilst another Kent club, Gravesend make an immediate return from L1S pitch up on 11th October. Amersham & Chiltern pop down the M40 and round the M25 to visit on 25th October. 

With Dorking having gone up the trip to London Irish Wild Geese on 22nd November may be the one to wet your whistle if you like to make your rugby more of a day out affair.

Still with us after last season are Barnes, Bury St Edmunds, CS Rugby 1863, East Grinstead and Hertford.

And of course Guernsey again provide an overseas option this time as a pre-Christmas jaunt on 13th December with the return leg on 11th April being the Captains' Day event and last home fixture of the season.

A full list of the N3L&SE can be downloaded

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