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Time Rams Please - TJs Ring Their Bell

9th February 2019

TJs welcomed the runaway N2S leaders to The Slade on Saturday and the two sides produced a thriller as TJs won 25-19 with three tries, two conversions and two penalties.

Will Robinson opened the TJ scoring with a penalty before a beautifully flighted cross kick found Murray Galbraith-Lowe (pictured) on the right to catch and dot down to give TJs a 8-0 lead. Rams hit back o make it 8-7 and then went in front 8-12 before another Robinson penalty sent TJs in 11-12 behind at the break.

TJs had the advantage of the stiff breeze in the second half but it took a while for them to take it as Rams threatened through the pack. Eventually the game started to break up a little and TJs turned over a Rams turnoiver just inside their own half. Finlay Coxon-Smith made ground down the right before off-loading deftly to Duncan Tout who did the same to find Toby May who stroilled in for the try to send the home crowd wild. Robinson added the extras and TJs wer 18-12 up with 15 minutes to go. 

Another special TJ try followed but not after Rams had threatened again. TJs managed to clear to halfway and then secure the ball for Robinson to put Rams back in their 22. TJ pressure won the ball back and as it went right after several drives by the forwards Touty stepped in with a man over to score. Robinson again slotted the extras as TJs were 25-12 up. 

Rams hit back with the last play of the game to earn a bonus point but TJs had toppled them and brought to an end their 20 game winning run. Ironically the vicrtory did not improve TJ's posiiton in the table as Canterbury secured a bonus point 17-39 win at Clifton to go 7 points clear. But it reduces Rams' lead to just 12 points and TJs remain third level on points with Taunton Titans who just edged out Old Albanians 10-8.

The victory does though confirm TJs N2S status as with 40 points maximum left to bag the bottom three cannot catch them with 7 games left

Elsewhere in N2S Dings Crusaders  beat BSE 21 - 14 , Old Reds saw off Barnes 23-15, Worthing went down 19-42 to Henley and Old Reds beat Barnes 23-15. Birmingham Bees beat Guernsey 39-10 and TJs head to the Channel Island next Saturday for Round 23 and a 2pm KO

The 2s were also in action at The Slade against T Wells and a 24-24 draw satisfied neither side in their chase for Invicta 1 honours, especially as Oaks won with the last play of the game away at Canterbury to stretch their lead at the top. The 3s though march on undefeated in Five Grain D4W after a 41-0 away win at Gravesend

In National 1 Elthamians remain in top spot following their 22-3 win over Chinnor and Blackheath remain third after a 17-27 win at Birmingham Moseley

Sutton & Epsom stretched their lead at the top of London & SE Premier to four points but only just as they beat T Wells 13-14 at St Markes. Wimbledon could only manage a 17 all draw against Chingford which allowed Westcliff to go level on points with them after their 32-10 victory over Guildford.

Sevenoaks went top of London 1 South with a 19-10 win over Combe but both Brighton and Medway are level on points with them after Brighton lost 22-18 at Chichester and Medway beat Hove 29-33. Beckenham are 9 points clear at the top of L2SE after a 50-21 win over Deal & B. 

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