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TJs Climb to Fourth after Edging Out OAs

29th September 2018

The Slade was bathed in warm sunshine as Old Albanians made their N2S debut at TJs in a ding dong of a game which whilst lacking in accuracy for long periods had the spectators wondering right up until the final whistle as to who would get the win.

In the first half TJs enjoyed much of the territory but could not put the phases together as passes were forced or lost with way too many unforced errors preventing any scores. So it was somehting of a relief when TJs made inroads and Charlie Edwards decided passing was over rated as he sniped from 20ms out to go under the sticks. Will Robinson converting and TJs were off.

OAs were struggling in the scrum but TJs were not making that count and the visitors managed two scores on their only forays to the TJ line. Will Robinson added a penalty and Will Colderick finished off a Tom Chapman scamper down the right to send TJs in 17-14 up at the break.

The second half saw few changes to the run oof play although OAs did test the TJ defence more often. The line was resolute though and the speed off it saw the ball turned over and Chapman was released down the middle and Robinson converted to give TJs a 24-14 lead.

OAs were not finished though and with TJs down to 13 men again they used the extras down the rights as TJ winger Hugo Watson was in the scrum to narrow the gap. A Will Robinson penalty eased TJs to 27-22 and despite some tense moments TJs saw out the game in their own half much to the home crowd's relief.

Photographs form the game ara available in The Gallery with more on TJ's facebook page

The win lifts TJs to an unprecedented fourth in N2S but with just 2 points separating us from next Saturday's opponents ninth placed Bury St Edmunds there is a long way to go with just a sixth of the season played.

Elsewhere the 2s routed Old Alleynians 80-14 in their Invicta 1 encounter with hooker Seth Robinson leading the try count with FIVE tries (greedy or what?!) with Jack Mutch (2), Harry Skinner, Robbie Outram, Dylan Taylor, Tom Davies and Tom Kendrick all crossing too. Tom Simmonds added 9 conversions

In N2S the Rams went back to the top with a hard fought 47-21 win over BSE but Taunton Titans are level on points with them as they just edged out Canterbury 23-22. Redruth climbed to third as they made home advantage count in a 50-36 defeat of SW neighbours Clifton.

TJs are up to fourth with Worthing sixth as they beat Birmingham Bees 51-37 whilst Henley bounced back from last Saturday's loss to TJs with a 15-31 win over Old Redcliffians. London Irish WG slumped to another heavy defeat, this time to 52-8 loss at Dings Crusaders but Guernsey won their first game with a 21-26 result at Barnes. 

National 1 saw last season's N2S combatants Chinnor take on Cinderford with Chi edging it in a 21-26 win to see them second in the table just behind Caldy and ahead of OEs who beat Birmingham Moseley 38-27. Blackheath slipped to ninth after a 33-22 loss at Ampthill

In London & SE Premier T Wells suffered a third straight loss as Guildford won at the death 24-22. Wimbledon lost for the first time with CS Rugby winning 21-22 to end W's wish for an unbeaten season. That defeat enabled Westcliff to go top as the only unbeaten side following a 97-7 rout of Shelford.

Brighton and Medway lead London 1 S with unblemished records, Brighton beat Dartfordians 68-20 and Medway had a similar scoreline with a 66-26 win over London Cornish. Sevenoaks beat Cobham 30-24 and lie fourth 

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