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