The 1st XV travelled north to take on a Westcliff squad looking to drag themselves clear of the relegation zone and they very nearly did as TJs sneaked it in a 31-32 result. No change for TJs then as they remain 8th in N3L&SE whilst Westcliff remain in the bottom five.

At the top Bury St Edmunds saw off Combe 27-14 to edge closer to promotion whils Barnes made second spot their own as they routed Gravesend 13-54 and London Irish WG, TJ's next league opponents, slumped to a 25-36 defeat at home to Guernsey.

CS Rugby slipped to the bottom as they lost 18-25 to fellow strugglers Tring and Amersham & Chiltern remain in the relegation mix after a 14-36 loss to East Grinstead. Hertford beat Chichester 30-24.

Invicta 1 title chasing TJ's 2s had a bit of a scare on the road t Sidcup and for long periods they were very much seond best before finally securing a 33-43 victory with a late penalty try. The 3s also won at home to Dover but the scoreline remains a mystery

Elsewhere in the leagues Wimbledon continue to home in on the L1S title after a 13-20 victory over Gosport & Fareham whilst Chobham hang on in there after beating Brighton 31-22. Sidcup beat Cobham 7-27 to keep their slim chances alive. In L2SE Maidstone march on unbeaten after beating T Wells 10-31 and Medway look to have seen off the Sevenoaks challenge for the runners up spot after they beat them 10-44 at The Paddock.



Leaders Pushed Close

Maybe a draw would have been a 'result' but languishing in mid-table knowing that a good lineout and a few phases could earn a win, why wouldn't you go for it. Fair play to TJs for giving is a blast as they spurned a tricky penalty to go for the victory at 17-20 on Saturday.

A first half spend mostly defending TJs will have been pleased to have gone in just 13 nil down. Second half tries from Sam Bailey and Lee Campion, both converted by Micky Z put them in front before a penalty took them 4 points clear. The tricky conditions made it difficult for both sides as fluid rugby was not an option for much of the game. However BSE maufactured a neat grubber, gather and pass down the right to secure the winning score and to stay clear at the top as TJs remain 8th.

The other results went largely to form although things are hotting up at the bottom. BSE have lost 5 times this season, which is largely unheard of for a title chasing side. Three losses tops normally. With 5 games left though they look firm favourites now as they lead London Irish WG and Barnes by 6 points with a 100+ better points difference.

London Irish WG beat CS Rugby 20-30 and Barnes edged out Tring 23-26 with both losers fighting it out at the bottom for survival. East Grinstead's fluctuating form continued but this time in an upward direction as they beat Hertford convincingly 29-3. At the bottom Guernsey took advantage of losses above them to climb a couple of places after they beat fellow strugglers Westcliff 33-22. Amersham & Chiltern are also in the relegation mix after they lost 29-17 at Combe whilst Gravesend spurned the chance to beat an ill-disciplined Chichester going down 14-8 at Chi.

Only two games in National 1 with the leaders Ealing beating bottom club Macclesfield 7-45 and Wharfedale were 8-6 winners over Esher. Henley seem to have made the N2S title their own now despite not playing as Dorking lost 19-25 to struggling Southend. Everything tightened up at the bottom again as a result whilst Bishops' Stortford beat Worthing 29-10 to close the gap at the top on Dorking.

Wimbledon remain top in L1S after they beat Twickenham 41-17 and other results also went with form. Chobham beat Gosport & Fareham 12-17 to stay second and Sidcup third after they saw off Guildford 31-7. truggling Twickenham side stuck in the relegation zone.  Hove convincingly beat bottom club Basingstoke 46-5 whilst Charlton Park beat Dover 30-25 to leave Dover in trouble at the bottom. 

Maidstone lead L2SE still after grounding out a 15-10 win over Beckenham. Medway beat Ashford 31-17 to consolidate second as Sevenoaks remained third following a 7-24 win on the road at Thanet. The local derby between Crowborough and T Wells ended in a 17 nil victory for the Sussex club in testing conditions whilst Aylesford are the first club to be relegated in the SE divisions as they lost 20-3 to Deal & Betteshanger.

Horsham remain top in L3SE after they beat Folkestone 10-0 but second placed Dartfordians tripped up against Heathfield & Waldron 15-3. Bromley seem to like low scorelines after a 3 nil last week as they notched a 5 nil against struggling Lewes enjoyed another tight battle, this time coming out on top of the 0-5 scoreline against bottom club Lewes.  In Kent 1 Cranbrook kept their title challenge alive with a 9-17 win over Old Williamsonians whilst Foots Cray seem to be taking a grip in Kent 2 after they beat fellow title chasers New Ash Green 14-10 t go 4 points clear


It's a Funny Game at Times

TJs beat A&C comfortably when they first met way back in 2014 after leading 45 nil at HT. Unfortunately for TJs there was to be no repeat as it was A&C who stormed clear after TJs had gone 7 nil up. TJs did recover to gain a losing bonus point but they will be bitterly disappointed not to have done better than a 27-22 reverse.

Bury St Edmunds have taken a grip at the top after they beat Guernsey 23-14 to go 7 points clear of London Irish WG who perhaps surprisingly lost 8-26 to Tring who are at the other end of the table. TJs face BSE at The Slade next Saturday.

Barnes kept their roll going with a 22-8 win over Chichester  aresult that sees them now level with London Irish WG. Hertford are fourth after they beat Combe 28-7 whilst Gravesend lost out 12-15 to East Grinstead who continue to stutter. At the bottom Westcliff lost out to CS Rugby 1863 17-21.

Blackheath remain fourth after they beat Esher 27-23 in National 1 whilst in N2S Dorking and Canterbury drew 15 all which allowed Henley to go 13 points clear at the top as they squeezed past Taunton 28-34. Bishops' Stortfors ran in 50 unanswered points against Dings who are close to being relegated already with still plenty of games to play. Old Elthamians lost 24-26 to Chinnor, whilst Worthing were 25-23 winners over Launceston.

In L1S Chobham beat leaders Wimbledon 28-23 to close the gap to just 4 points whilst Sidcup remain in the hunt after they beat Dover 10-28. Maidstone still lead L2SE by 10 points as their game against Colfeians was postponed and Medway slipped back into second place after they beat Thanet 41 nil and Sevenoaks dropped to third as they had no game.  Fourth placed Tunbridge Wells closed the gap on Sevenoaks with a 22-12 win over Deal & Betteshanger at Skinners School as St Marks remains unplayable. Crowborough lost 20-16 to Beckenham. 

Horsham lead L3SE after they won by the smallest possible scoreline against near rivals Bromley - a 3 nil away win will have been some game to watch we assume. A 14-5 win for Dartfordians beat Uckfield puts them second.  Cranbrook's lead at the top of Kent 1 was trimmed as their game against Kings College was postponed and Sheppey closed in after beating Old Gravesendians 27-8.

Cranbrook’s lead at the top of Kent 1 was reduced following their fixture with Kings Coll being postponed and Sheppey posting a 27-8 win. Kent 2 leaders New Ash Green had no game and slipped from their perch as Foots Cray beat Edenbridge 8-27


5TJs Back from the Brink

TJs clawed their way back from the brink of defeat to Hertford scoring 22 unanswered second half points to secure their 10th win of this season's N3L&SE campaign.

Three well constructed and converted tries by Hertford combined with a strong defence suggested TJs might find even a bonus point loss hard to come by on a bitterly cold day. But a second half performance full of gutsy effort brought them slowly back to parity courtesy of a forwards's try by Blair Nangle and the boot of Micky Z (pictured) assuredly notching the penalties as Hertford offended in defence.

TJs remain stuck in 8th still a game and a bit off those above them. Elsewhere there was no change at the top as Bury St Es beat CS Rugby 10-24 to stay 3 points clear of London Irish WG who beat Westcliff 59-21. Tring had the result of the day with a surprising 29-10 win over Chichester and with Guernsey winning the late kick off 20-18 at hme to TJ's next opponents Amersham & Chiltern (Sat 21st Feb) it meant CS Rugby dropped to the bottom.

East Grinstead continue to blow hot and cold as well as they slipped to a 11-14 home defeat to Barnes who can't stop winning at present. Combe won the kent derby with a 28-17 defeat of Gravesend.

In National 1 Blackheath remain 4th after a 24 all draw with neighbours Richmond whilst in N2S Canterbury put away bottom club Dings 31-14 to stay 12th. Dorking  sneaked past Clifton 11-15 to stay 2nd behind leaders Henley who have a 9 point cushion although Dorking have a game in hand. Henley beat Old Elthamians 18-23 whilst Bishops' Stortford beat Redruth 45-20

In L1S Wimbledon lead by 7 points from Chobham wih both sides posting wins against Havant, 45 nil, and Cobham 38-12 respectively. Sidcup keep the Kent interest alive in 3rd after a 57 nil defeat of Basingstoke. L2SE leaders Maidstone got back to winning ways after last weekend's draw with Medway as they reaffirmed their promotion credentials with a convincing 34-14 defeat of second placed Sevenoaks. Medway had no game and are third but with 2 games in hand. T Wells enjoyed a 7-58 win at Aylesford and Crowborough beat Colfeians 18-5.

In L3SE Horsham and Dartfordians remain clear at the top but only after narrow wins. Horsham beat Heathfield & Waldron 16-8 whilst Dartfordians sneaked past bottom club Lewes 29-32. Bromley won their very local braggign rights over Park House 11-17. Kent 1 has Cranbrook well clear at the top and they enjoyed a 57-3 romp against Bexley. Sheppey are now second after beating Southwark Lancers 22-26 and Beccs slipped to third as they lost 30-17 at Sittingbourne. New Ash Green routed Edenbridge 45-0 to stay clear at the top of Kent 2 whilst Footscray went second after a 43-0 defeat of Greenwich


Gs Steal It

Disappointment then for TJs as they left Gravesend with a single bonus point after losing out at the death 20-16 in very tricky conditions.

A solid win in the Cup at Medway the week before meant TJs entered the fray in confident mood despite a few of their newest stars being away on Academy duty. Even so squad depth is good at the moment as players return from injury or self-imposed retirement so they would have hoped that they could go one better than the 18 all draw against Gs back in 2014.

The loss did not alter league positions as TJs remain 8th and Gs 9th in N3L&SE but above them it was all change as the division tightened up even more.

Bury St Es won the top table clash 20-9 against London Irish WG in a tight game which the hosts only sealed in the last 10 minutes. A result that takes them top and LIWG fall to ssecond. Barnes and Chi climbed to 3rd and 4th respectively with 7-3 (Combe) and 23-6 9East G) wins.

At the bottom Guernsey climbed above Tring by ambushing TJ's next opponents Hertford 6-8 whilst Tring lost out 18-12 to Westcliff. Amercham & C beat CS Rugby 17-13

In National 1 Blackheath are now a dizzy 4th after they beat Cinderford 14-17 but they remain 18 points behind third placed Rosslyn Park. In N2S Canterbury's winning run came to an end with a shut out at Shelford who won 8 nil. Dorking had to scrap for their 16-15 win over Cambridge to stay in touch with the leaders Henley who won 32-17 at home to Clifton. Old Elthamians beat Dings Crusaders 6-25 whilst Bishops' Stortford's game at Worthing was a victim of the weather.

In L1S Wimbledon are 7 points clear at the top after a 10-34 win over Cobham whilst Chobham are second after a narrow 22-29 win at Guildford. Sidcup are third after a 6-11 away win at Sutton & Epsom. At the bottom Hove and Basingstoke continue to struggle as they lost 27-15 at Havant and 5-62 to Brighton respectively

L2SE saw leaders Maidstone lock horns with second placed Medway and they were still locked at 14 all at the end. Maidstone remain clear by 8 points from Sevenoaks who have played one more game as they muddied their way past Crowborough by 28-13. T Wells edged it against Ashford with a 17-18 away win. Aylesford got closer to their first win a 13-5 reverse at Beckenham.

In L3SE Horsham have opened up an 8 point gap at the top as they beat Lewes 3-40 whilst the chasing Dartfordians slipped up 13-15 to Old Dunstonians. In Kent 1 Cranbrook have opened up a 5 point gap over Beccs at the top after they beat Lordswood 17-24 and Beccs lost10 nil at home to HSBC . In Kent 2 New Ash Green remain top after a 45 nil win at Greenwich




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