Tonbridge Juddians RFC

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Muddied and Unbowed

3rd February 2018

Second placed Chinnor were this visitors to The Slade on Saturday as they looked to stay in relative touch with league leaders Cinderford and bring to an end TJs impressive run of 5 wins and a draw in their last 6 outings.

They achieved both, just, but it went right to the wire in a 13-14 defeat for TJs in tough conditions which in places resembled a muddy death slide at times.

TJs started well when the Eriksson-like Tom Nicoll intercepted on the left to scoot home after just seconds of the start. 5 nil and game on.

Chinnor hit back to take a 5-7 lead before Liam Prescott edged TJs in front 8-7 at the break.

More mud appeared in the second half which made it tricky for both sides and slowed attackers sufficiently to allow both defences to dominate as the game wore on. Close quarter exchanges were ferocious and at times it was tricky to make out which forward belonged to who.

TJs extebded their lead midway through the half as Ed Varney slid in after a series of drives down the blind side. 13-7 and a chance. TJs managed to keep Chinnor camped in own half but they finally found a way upfield and eventually they scampered throigh a tiring defence to score under the posts to make it 13-14 with 10 minutes to go. 

Despite every sinew and effort TJs could not find the score to grab victory and had to settle for a bonus point although that helped them climb above Canterbury into 8th place.

On the road the Dev Squad faced a string TW 2s at St Marks abd came away with an impressive 8 - 17 victory. Great result. Scorers Jono Hinton 1, Dom Goodchild and Ryan Redman who also added a conversion. 

Elsewhere in N2S Cinderford extended their lead at the top to 10 points with a 29-12 defeat of Worthing. TJs travel to Cinderford for the first time next Saturday.

Tunton and Redingensians are levl on points (76) in 3rd and 4th after 24-10 and 14-36 defeats of Bury St Es and Broadstreet respectively.

Redruth saw off Canterbury 31-19 and Barnstaple edged out Henley 10-7. Old Redcliffians managed a 20-14 win over LIWG and Wimbledon beat Clifton 20-15.

Blackheath won 6-32 away at Old Albanians in National 1 to remain 5th one place and 8 points ahead of Old Elthamians who lost 14-19 to Darlington MP

The top three all won in London & SE Premier with Guernsey hammering Sidcup 69-5, Barnes beating Westcliff 35-7 and Tring seeing off Southend 25-5. T Wells lost 11-10 to Combe

It was the same story in L1S as Medway beat London Cornish 39-10 to maintain their 4 point lead over CS Rugby who beat Sevenoaks 44-9. Third placed Havant beat Tottonians 27-15. At the bottom Maidstone won the basement battel with a 26-37 win at Gravesend. 


  • Don't forget the Beer Festival  next Friday/Saturday plus England v Wales at 5pm Saturday (and TJs away at Cinderford of course!)
  • COMEDY NIGHT on Friday 16th March - £10pp. Contact Adam Hookway asap
  • Poppy Appeal - thanks to Eric Hadley and his team of collectors we managed to raise £366.95 


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