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TJs Made To Scrap For Win

2nd September 2018

Another bright and sunny day heralded in the new N2S season for TJs at The Slade and they welcomed B&S Bees to The Slade for their N2S debut.

TJs had added to an already strong squad over the summer and a large crowd were looking forward to see some exciting open rugby as a result. All their wishes seemed to have come true in the first 5 miinutes as TJs reclaimed the kick off (twice) to then cut through the Bees with first Rob White and then Toby May (pictured) crossing for tries and Will Robinson adding one conversion. 12 nil and three newbies had already impressed the scoreboard.

The Bees thouh did not crumble and although they had to play much of the first half in a defensive line they held firm for much of it. One of their few forays upfield secured a well worked try and that reminded TJs they could not take a win for granted.

Just as half time loomed Toby May made ground down the left and offloaded to Finlay Coxon-Smith and Robinson converted to ease TJs into a 19-7 half time lead.

The effort the Bees had put in to their defensive duties was expected to take it's toll but some astute rotation and the carrot of a catch and drive try from close quarters kept them in the game at 19-12 and they continued to deny TJs any time/space.

A disorganised defensive scrum from TJs allowed the Bees 9 to scamper through from 20m and it was all square 19-19 with time still on the clock. As you'd expect things became a little frantic and fractious and Robinson slotted a penalty from 40m to put TJs back in front 22-19.

A few literally sweaty minutes then had to pass as TJs kept the ball close to seal the win much to the relief of all concerned.

The squad will have been relieved with the win and the chance to blow away the summer cobwebs. Training fit is one thing but game fitness is something else and this hard workout against the Bees will benefit all and give them somehting to work on ahead of next Saturday's Kent derby at Canterbury KO 3pm

In the other N2S games Taunton were top dogs with a 62-24 win over Worthing whilst Old Albanians, down from National 1 this term, marked everyone's cards with a 59-5 win over promoted Guernsey

Barnes kicked off with a 33-14 win over LIWG and BSE lost 37-45 to Henley Hawks. Dings just missed out 17-25 to Redruth, Clifton edged out Old Redcliffians 14-17 and Canterbury slipped to a 44-15 loss at the Rams

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