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Festive Flourish From TJs

22nd December 2018

The Slade was rocking on Saturday as the biggest crowd of the season came to feelthe noise as TJs took on N2S and Kent rivals Canterbury in Round 16. The crowd was swelled by a large Canterbury contingent and all sides of the pith were full. 

Canterbury had not lost since 13th October whilst TJs were in the same purple patch having not lost since 20th October. Something had to give and both squads did.

Will Robinson, who has been exceptional all season, slotted an early penalty as TJs took the game to the visitors. Soon afterwards space was found on the left where the Flying Finlay Coxon-Smith sat his man down and went round him to score. The reliable Robinson made it 10 nil with his trusty left boot.

Cantebury hit back with an unconverted try to make it 10-5 but Charlie Edwards finished off a series of drives and Robinson converted to make it 17-5. Canterbury added a penalty with the last play and it was 17-8 at the break.

Canterbury were slow to return to the pitch but not once the whistle signalled the second half to start. But the TJ defence was warming to the task and as they stifled another C attack and ventured downfield they earned another penalty which Robinson converted to make it 20-8.

Canterbury though were in no mood to relinquish that winning run or their second place in the table and they hit back with a converted try to make it 20-15 and the touchline was bubbling up nervously or both sides.

But TJs were finishing the stronger and manoeuvered Canterbury back into their own half and pinned them there for long periods. As Canterbury tried to escape they erred again and Robinson added another penalty to make it 23-15 meaning the visitors needed two scores to win. They managed one through a late penalty but the game was up and TJs finished well before hoofing the ball off the pitch to win it 23-18

Breathtaking stuff from bh squads who looked to mix it up with plenty of width on the game on a slightly sticky pitch. Defence remains king in the modern game and TJs seem to set their line much higher than most, and to good effect.

Whilst the result did not improve TJ's 5th poisition in the league it narrowed things up a bit although Rams remain clear by 11 points following their 40-12 home win over LIWG, who TJs travel to on 5th January for a 3pm KO.

Henley leap frogged Canterbury with a 17-24 win at Barnes and TJs welcome Henley to The Slade on 12th January. Canterbury dropped to third and 3 points behind Henley and 2 points ahead of Taunton Titans who edged out Redruth 35-33.

TJs are just 4 points behind Taunton and 11 points clear of Old Albanians who lost 24-22 to BSE. Dings lost 13-22 to Clifton and Old Redcliffians beat Birmingham Bees 20-10. IN the final game Worthing beat Guernsey 43-36

In National 1 Blackheath travelled to league leaders Old Elthamians in another Kent derby and upset them in an 11-12 win. That result took Blackheath back to joint second with Rosslyn Park just a single point behind OEs

Update from Academy reveals that the U18Bs beat OEs on the 16th Dec in the final of the 12-a-side U18 league. The match was drawn 19-19 (coming back from 5-19 at half time) winning 4-3 on drop kicks. Kieran Skinner kicking the winning drop kick again. Other successful kicks from Charlie Atwood, Jack Sydenham and Ben Lake. Tries from Kieran Skinner, Michael Mead and Shane O'Donnell who also added two conversions.

And Great win for the 16As against Dartfordians also in a 31-10 result. Tries from Josh PS ()2, Max N, Ejas and Anton, plus 3 conversions by Max B. Should takethemm through to a Cup quarter final providing other results have gone their way

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