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TJs Forced to Share by Worthing

2nd December 2018

TJs travelled to Worthing Radiers in Round 13 of their N2S campaign and were forced to share the spoils in an 18 all draw.

Damp and miserable conditions greeted them but that's not been an issue in recent weeks and their hosts were loud and vocal re their squad being decimated through injuries. On paper at least TJs were favourites.

Will Robinson slotted an early penalty for TJs but Worthing hit back with a qwell worked try on the left and a penalty of their own soon afterwards to lead 8-5 after 15 minutes. TJs managed to get a foothold in the Worthing half and after a series of phases a quick tap saw the ball go wide right and Murray Galbraith-Lowe went over to level things up. 

Another Robinson penalty took TJs in front but a second effort hit the upright and Worthing gatherered and scrambled before finding a way through the normally rock solid TJ defence to go the length and lead 15-11 at the break.

The second half saw TJs enjoy much of the territory but not all the ball as they camped in their host's half for long periods but turned over or lost the ball all to often. They managed a try off first phase with a scrum ball fed to Touty on the crash who offloaded to Rob White to tumble over. Robinson converted and TJs led 15-18 with 10 minutes left. 

Unfortunately for TJs Worthing managed to escape their half and earn a scrum penalty which they slotted to level and as the clock run out it was TJs scrambling in defence.

Ultimately disappointment for TJs in a game they will feel they should have won whilst Worthing were delighted with the draw.

Elsewhere the top three all won with relative ease with Rams beating Redruth 14-32 and the Cornwall outfit arrive at The Slade next Saturday for a 2pm KO. Canterbury beat Old Albanians 24-12 and Henley did for LIWG 15-38.

Guernsey lost out badly to Dings in a 38-12 reverse but Birmingham Bees remain at the bottom following their 17-33 loss to BSE. Clifton, who TJs travel to in 2 weeks, enjoyed themselves in an impressive 44-24 win over Barnes and Taunton returned to fourth after they beat 49-17 win over Old Reds.

The 2s travelled up the road to play Combe in Invicta 1 and although they trailed 8-3 at the break they finished much the stronger to run out 13-32 winners

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