1st XV

Barnes Bridged

Another tough game then, this time away at Barnes who on their patch are a match for most sides and not a happy hunting ground for TJs at the end of the Barnes Trail.


The omens were again not good as TJs trailed 11-3 at the break and whilst the slope was with them in the second half sides like Barnes understand their own ground and know how to change their style accordingly, invariably by going up a gear asap to get the opposition on the back foot. TJs though matched and bettered them in this regard and deservedly took advantage to walk/run in and kick 27 second half ponts to secure the win.

A leg injury to Bertie Boast and blood injury for Kieran Fitzgibbon did not disrupt the TJ effort too much and to be fair it was Barnes who seemed to be suffering te most as their 10 and 8 both had to leave the field.

TJs got the ball rolling with some sensible approach play and then penalty to the corner. A catch and drive walked the ball home and a realisation that nice and simple but well-worked was the order of the day. With Ryan Redman having one of his best games to date and Will Ward skipping round defenders the pressure kept coming and it was these two who combined on the end of soe good TJ approach work, for one of the tries of the season so far. An effort that had the Barnes Trail Trio purring with delight.

Will Ward danced round his oppoiste number on the left and whilst appearing to stumble after a nudge from another would-be defender he heard Redman's shout on the inside to flick a sublime back of the hand and all wrist pass inside to take out two more defenders and to send Redman scampering over. Barnes did manage a solitary try but this was TJ's game and whilst nerves were always jangling a final intercept, we do still get them, by Charlie Harding meant he could troy (with the slope) 60ms to dot down.

A great effort by TJs who many had counted out before a ball was kicked/passed and something they can build on with Gravesend at home and then Westcliff the following weekend.

Elsewhere in N3SE Combe beat Chichetser 14-25 to go clear at the top by 6 points and remain unbeaten. London Irish WG moved into second at Chi's expense with a 13-28 win over Amersham & Chiltern. Westcliff continue to struggle as they went down 39-14 at Bury St Edmunds and East Grinstead routed Tring, perhaps surprisingly, 55-3. CS Rugby lost 42-3 at Hertford whilst TJ's next opponents, Gravesend, beat Guernsey 27-24 when they might have expected a little more against the Islanders on the road.

In N2S Canterbury lost again, this time 10-22 to Bishops' Stortford whilst Old Elthamians stay in sixth after a one pont win over Redruth, 13-12. Dorking again impressed, this time with a 13-18 win over Southend to take them to third.

Sidcup kept their winning run in L1S going with a 31 nil win over Twickenham whilst Basingstoke are second after a 60-15 win over Gosport & Fareham. Havant and Charlton Park shared an interesting 31-31 draw in their game.

No league action eslewhere as the RFU Knockout Competitions whirred into action although far too many sides are forfeiting their games, presumably as league rugby dominates hearts and minds now?

In the Intermediate Cup Warlingham were due at Maidstone but cried off but Medway did as they beat Deal & Betteshanger (again) 20-6. Aylesford's poor start to the season continued with a 7-15 loss at home to Portsmouth with Thanet going down 18-23 to Old Alleynoans. Crowborough continued their recent improvement with a 19-10 win over Sevenoaks.


Chi Add to TJ Woes

TJs went down 14-24 at home to unbeaten Chi to leave them stuck in the bottom half of N3L&SE. TJ's opening day win over Tring is their only W on the league results sheet still and they need a swift injection of confidence and belief if they are to turn things around.

Combe prevented Chi from going top with a 30-20 win over East Grinstead to also make it four from four. London Irish WG moved to third after a 31-25 win over Hertford but they are level on points with both Amersham & Chilter, who beat Westcliff 12-21, and Barnes, TJ's next opponents on the road, who beat Guernsey 19-40. That loss leaves the Islanders bottom after CS Rugby beat Gravesend 30-28 whilst Tring lost 7-26 to Bury St Edmunds.

In N2(S) Canterbury suffered another heavy defeat as they lost 43-12 to Taunton whilst Old Elthamians impressed again with a ding dong of a 41-43 win at Bishop’s Stortford. Dorking thumped Lydney 52-3. 

Sidcup remain top in L1S but nearly lost it before beating Havant 20-19 who go bottom. Secnd placed Chobham also won by a single point in a 36-37 victory at Basingstoke. Charlton Park broke their winning duck with a 41-15 defeat of Hove .

Aylesford are rooted to the bottom of L2SE after they lost to Sevenoaks 19-27. At the other end of the table T Wells beat Colfes 20-14 to go top with three wins from three. Crowborough had the biggest result of the day with a 55 nil home win over Thanet, who had started the season well. Horsham look like they will blaze a trail through L3SE after a 9-65 rout at Park House and title favourites Folkestone lost to Old Dunstonians 17-8.


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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