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TJs Make Bury Blue

6th October 2018

TJs headed to Bury St Edmunds on Saturday never having lost on their ground in N2S - to be fair they had only played once there in this division but that was a stellar 17-51 debut which was a pivotal moment in the development of the basis of this particular squad.

That result saw confidence flood through TJ veins and they took that with them on Saturday to overcome BSE again in a tight game which they never looked like losing despite the narrow scoreline.

Conditions were tough for both sides with blustery wind and constant rain. The temperature had dropped too and mistakes were a plenty for the side with ball in hand. BSE had much of it to start with but the TJ defence is rock solid and they didn't miss a meaningful tackle all game. Meaningful because BSE hardly troubled the TJ 22m but when they did TJs snuffed them out with a coordinated defensive effort.

BSE as a result kicked a fair bit of ball away and you dont do that to the TJ back three of Galbraith-Lowe, May and Watson as they always gather and return it safely and on the front foot. And the only score of the first half came from such a moment as May and G-L combined to set TJs up in the BSE 22m. Colderick took it on with the forwards and a deft pass to Will Robinson saw him go over. The touch judge intervened for some reason but the ref waived him away and Robinson converted 0-7

A bit of silliness saw TJs earn a yellow just before half time and BSE had a better time of it with Ryan Jackson off the field. The TJ scrum had already forced them to change both props but the TJ lineout was misfiring at times. However BSE could not break the TJ hold.

TJs started the second half the brighter and forced BSE back or long periods. Using the halfway line as their defensive try line TJs repelled everything thrown at them as BSE boshed it up with very little variation. TJs did go close themselves through both pack and backs and Robinson missed a long range penalty.

But another chance came his way and he slotted it to effectively end the game with BSE unable to beat the TJ line or the elements and TJs won 0-10 to remain 4th in N2S.

Back at The Slade the 2s faced Sidcup in Invicta 1 and notched up a third win with a 25-8 victory. Matt Damper led the way with a brace of tries and Robbie Outram added a third. Tom Simmonds converted two and added two penalties to keep TJs at the top of the table.

Back in N2S Rams, Taunton and Redruth remain above them after away wins over Barnes (19-26) (TJ's next opponents), LIWG (36-46) (a result wich gave the Irish their first poin of the season) and Birmingham Bees (22-25).

Canterbury maintained their winning run with a 21-10 win over Worthing to remain level on points with TJs whilst Henley beat Dings 20-15 and Old Albanians beat Old Redcliffians 19-10. Guernsey made it two wins on the bounce with a 28-3 win over Clifton in the evening kick off.

In National 1 there were surprises for the top three as Chinnor lost 6-13 to Bishops' Stordtford, OEs went down 42-38 at Sale RFC and Caldy slipped to a 24-14 reverse at Plymouth Albion. Blackheath beat Rosslyn Park 23-15

London Prem SE saw Wimbledon go top after overcoming previous leaders Westcliff 5-24 and GUildford narrowed the gap in third with a 6-21 winat Shelford. T Wells slipped to 12th following a 17-26 loss at home to Brentwood.

London 1 S Medway went top and level on points with Brighton as they overhauled Chobham 12-23 and Brighton went down 16-12 at Sevenoaks after losing a player to a red car after just 10 minutes. That win lifted Sevenoaks to joint third with Camberley and Combe all on 24 pts and just 2 pts behind the leaders.

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