1st XV

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




Kent Cup Semi Final Berth Secured

TJs beat Medway 31 nil on the road in this Shepherd Neame Kent Cup 2nd Round tie which was really the Quarter Final. Five second half tries plus 2 conversions were added to a solitary first half penalty to secure the win.

Blackheath will be our oppenets some time before mid-March as they beat Colfeians 10-46 way back in November

In the other half of the draw T Wells have yet to play Old Elthamians but Maidstone, leaders in L2S overcame N3L&SE side Westcombe Park 20-33 for an impressive win.

In National 1 Blackheath continue to impress, this time with a 17-7 win over Wharfedale. In N2S Canterbury made it 3 wins on the bounce after a 28-34 victory over Redruth which eases some of their relegation concerns as they are now 10 points clear of the bottom three places. Old Elthamians beat whilst Dorking stumbled a little with a 17 all draw at Launceston, a result that leaves them 8 points behind leaders Henley.  Bishops’ Stortford went down 22-17 to Taunton.

In L1S there were a couple of rearranged games with Sidcup routing bottom club Hove 57 nil. In L2SE T Wells travelled to Colfeians and lost out 27-24 whilst Crowborough impressed on the road at Thanet in a 10-15 victory. Crowborough are suffering a bit of a fixture pile up now as home conditions are not good and they are also still involved in the Intermediate Cup.

In L3SE Uckfield beat Folkestone 28-7 in mid table. No games in Kent 1 and 2 but sad news sees the withdrawal of Orpington from the


Disappointng Return From Barnes

TJs headed into this game with renewed confidence after despatching Combe, East G and Chichester in their last 3 games and knowing that they had already beaten Barnes this season. The visitors though were also on the up after a poor start to their season and were now 4th and above TJs.

The reserve pitch was in good nick so did not hamper play too much but both defences were miserly and to some extent the two sides cancelled each other out. As a result the whistle came into play and whilst Barnes took their two real chances, a penalty and a late try wide right TJs did not. A first half try was ruled out for a double movement, DJ missed a tricky penalty on the wide right and the two second half try chances for TJs were scuppered by a dropped final pass and Barnes offending to deny a score with the last play.

A bonus point for TJs was something and in light of losing JJ Murray to a silly red card probably more than they might have expected but they remain 8th whilst in a tigght league Barnes dropped to 5th as Hertford beat CS Rugby 18-30 with their own bonus point to go above them - it's a funny old game at times.

Elsewhere in N3L&SE there were few surprises and little change in league position as a result. London Irish WG beat Amersham & Chiltern 40-23, Bury St E edged out Westcliff 17-25 and East Grinstead beat Tring 14-19 a result that lifted Tring off the bottom as a result of the BP earned. Combe lost again and dropped to 6th after a 15-21 home defeat to Chichester. Gravesend continue to impress after a 10-18 on the road/air to Guernsey where few sides get a result.

In National 1 the leaders Ealings surprisingly lost 27-22 at the previously struggling Cinderfood whilst Blackheath won 31-38 at Blaydon. Esher went down 8-36 at Hartpury College. In N2S Canterbury posted back to back wins with a shock, to some, 12-19 away win at Bishops' Stortford. At the top Henley squeezed past Launceston 29-28 and OEs lost 22-10 to Redruth. Dorking's game against Southend as The BIg Field became the Big Puddle and Worthing lost out 30-17 to Taunton.

Hobe predictably beat bottom club Hove 61-12 to stay top in L1S whilst Chobham hang in their in second after a 38-17 defeat of Dover. Sidcup beat Twickenham 30-0 and Charlton Park lost 8-25 to Havant.

Maidstone ride on in L2SE as they beat Thanet and Sevenoaks won 11-21 at Deal & B. Aylesford managed a 0-24 loss to Colfeians to see them 13 points adrift at the bottom. T Wells v Beckenham was called off as St Marks was unplayable whilst Crowborough v Medway was also an onbvious postponement. TJs travel to Medway next Saturday for their Kent Cup tie.

Top side Horsham took on second placed Dartfordians in L3SE and the hosts won 20-15 to go 5 points clear at the top. The battle for top spot seems to be between these two still though as third placed Bromley won 15-21 at Hastings & Bexhill but find themselves 23 points behind Horsham.  In Kent 1  Cranbrook went 2 points clear of Vigo with a 30-7 win over the visitors. Kent 2 leaders New Ash Green had a HWO awarded as bottom club Orpington pulled out of the contest. Brockleians remain second after a 51-3 win over Dartford Valley with Foots Cray third after a 41-0 win over Faversham.



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