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N2S Round 11 Full of Surprises

12th November 2017

Early morning rain abated but left a slippery and difficult surface for the two teams at the Slade. TJs started the better and controlled early possession but some poor decision making and offloading skills in the wet saw several opportunities wasted. However, pressure eventually told and a Hugo Watson offload sent Dave Irvine over to give the host a 5-0 lead.

TJs applied more pressure but a turnover in the opposition 22 saw Red’s run the ball back 80m with some skilful interplay to score and take a 5-7 lead.

The home side struck back through Hugo Watson but Liam Prescott again missed the extra two from the left touchline. Two penalties for the home side before the break and one for ORs saw the half time score at 16-10.

Straight from the re-start TJs struck twice first through Murray Galbraith-Lowe and then Duncan Tout but with neither score converted the game was not quite in the bag for the hosts.

Reds scored two more to to set the TJ nerves jangling again and it was 26-24 with 10 minutes to play. TJs though had kept something back and another Hugo Watson try secured the points and Reds left with nothing despite a strong performance

Elsewhere N2S banana skins were in fine fettle as Lonndon Irish WG arguably had the result of the day, a 45-38 win over Taunton Titans. The game was full of incidents with 13 tries, 7 yellows and 1 red card which meant for a difficult day for both defences. LIWG led by 21 points at one stage and the Titans nearly clawed it back. Taunton remain third but are now 6 points behind the leaders Chinnor who beat Wimbledon 64-22. Cinderford are second and they beat Barnstaple, TJ's next opponents (Sat 25th) 32-19.

Another banana skin was peeled at Clifton where the hosts beat Canterbury 25-15 and home advantage also told at Henley where they beat Bury ST Edmunds 27-20. Redingensians beat Redruth 21-12 and everything just got a lot tighter in N2S

TJ's Dev Squad impressed on the road with a 17-18 away win at Colfeians with a last minute penalty. Colfeians scored first with an early try  but Jack Mutch slotted a penalty befor ehalf time. Colfeians added a second try but then TJs mounted their fightback with Sam Themistocleous  crossing for Mutch to convert and Marcus Isaac adding a second to put TJs 17-15 behind. Jack Mutch then stepped up in the final minute to slot home a second penalty

The win should see TJs climb to second in Invicta 1 after leaders Sidcup beat Oaks 41-23.

In National 1 Blackheath beat Fylde 19-26 whilst OEs very nearly surprised leaders Coventry in a 16-20 reverse.

Tring still lead London & SE Premier after a 31-6 win over Guildford but Barnes and Hertford remain in close contention after 10-51 and 31-7 wins over Combe and Dorking respectively. Tunbridge Wells slipped u at home 12-17 to Southend

Medway march on in L1S after they beat second placed CS Rugby 1863 20-12 and Sevenoaks slipped to another defeat, this time a 18-5 loss at Thurrock. Maidstone remain bottom following a 30-15 loss at London Cornish.

On Sunday the TJ Pink Ladies game with Hampstead was not played

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