Tonbridge Juddians RFC

News and Events

Raiders Fight Back Not Enough

27th October 2018

TJs entertained the Islanders on Saturday at The Slade having suffered back to back defeats in recent weeks and knowing that they would need to make an early impression to secure victory against a powerful Guernsey squad looking to kick start their own season after a tough start.

TJs opened brightly and many spectators had not reached the pitch when Will Robinson chipped, gathered, scored and converted his own try to give TJs a 7-o lead.

Guernsey hit back to make it 7-5 but tries from Hugo Watson and Rory McHugh, the second converted by Robinson took TJs into a 19-5 lead. Both tries came form a series of phases where TJs broke through before Hugo on the run caught an inch perfect cross kick from Robinson whilst Rory finished his try off with a strong drive after TJs had gone through the hands.

Hugo Watson added a fourth as this time Robinson found the turf with his cross kick and the bouncing ball was controlled nicely by Hugo, Robinson again converting. 26-5 and TJs had the try bonus point secured.

Hopes were high for the second half as TJs had the cold wind at their back and it was hoped they might stretch away. Guernsey though were having none of it and in a half where they dominatd possession but not territory they scored three more tries, all of which were crucially unconverted. 

The TJ defence must have made three times as many tackles as the visitors and fortunately most hit the mark meaning the gaps between G scores were significant.

In the end TJs were relieved to have hung on for the win and the Islanders headed home pleased with 2 bonus points although doubtless thinking it could have been more.

On the road the 3s tookj on Canterbury 4s in a top of the table clash in Five Grain Division 4 West. Both sides were undefeated but TJs came out on top with a 10-29 victoty. Tries from Josh Parrett, Ashgra, Jamie Moncrieff and Tom Carter (from halfback) with Karl Robertson adding two converions

 Elsewhere in N2S home advantage counted for little as away sides came up with the spoils in all the other ties except at Taunton where the Titans handed out a 50-0 drubing for Bury St Edmunds.

That result keeps them within 4 points of leaders Rams who beat TJ's next opponents , Old Redcliffians, 21-38. THat game is next Saturday at The Slade KO 2.30pm

Henley are third following their impressive 16-22 win at Redruth and Canterbury are fourth as they beat Birmigham Bees 17-31. Redruth are 5th with TJs 2 points behind in 6th.

Clifton lost 12-22 to LIWG and Dings came up short, 5-10, to Barnes. Worthing lost 16-21 to Old Albanians.

In National 1 Old Elthamians and Rotherham Titans are level at the top following their 22-10 and 25-14 wins over Esher and Plymouth Albion respectively. Blackheath are third after beatin Caldy 17-25.

Westcliff went top of L&SE Premier with a 31-12 win over Brentwood as Wimbledon lost 28-27 at Guildford. T WElls ended their losing run with a 20-14 win obver Tring.

© TJRFC 2016
01732 358548