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TJs Make Heavy Going of Crusaders

9th March 2019

TJs welcomed Dings Crusaders to The Slade for the first time in Round 25 of N2S knowing that only maximum points would do as the sharp end of the season loomed into view.

On a windy but dry day it proved hard work as a 7-0 half time lead switched to a 26-0 victory as they earned the try bonus point and win with Dings shut out

Things started very brightly for TJs as they our paced and out flanked their opponents to find Murray Galbraith-Lowe on the left. Will Robinson converted from the touchline and all looked set for a strong first half performance.

Unfortunately for TJs that did not materialise as the accuracy was not there and the stop start nature of the game meant very little flow or pace on the game. Into the wind it was a struggle although chances were created but not finished.

Pictures of today's game available onFacebook and a selection in The Gallery

Less of an issue for a while in the second half as Charlie Edwards tapped and scored, Matas Jurevicius used all of his 6 foot plus frame to stretch and score and Ryan Jackson bulldozed over for th fourth try. Will Robinson added two more conversions but missed the fourth.

For their part Dings were dogged and determined but yellow cards an injuries disrupted them, and to some extent TJs, and they rarely threatened the TJ try line.

Over the permanent bridge the 3s were in action against Cliffe 2s in their Five Grain D4W encounter. The 3s are unbeaten and it showed as they romped to a 72-12 win with tries from Stuart Clark, greedy Marcus Isaacs (5), Guy Wilczek , Craig Gazzard, Alex Baldwin, Ed Stockbridge, Jack Wilkinson and Paul Kent. Harry Skinner added six conversions much to Karl Robertson's annoyance.

In the rest of National 2 South the top three all won with maximum points too. Rams (114 points) beat Taunton Titans 42-21 and Canterbury (102) eased past LIWG (32) with a storng second half to win 13-45. Henley (98) edged out Birmingham Bees 31-22 to remain 3 points clear of TJs. TJs head to Taunton on 23rd March as the leagues take another break as the Six Nations finishes off.
Barnes (51) beat Worthing (51) 28-26 to go 10th and Old Albanians (58) saw off Clifton ((57) 49 - 24. Bury St Edmunds (59) lost out 17-19 to a resurgent Redruth (61) and Guernsey (33) climbed off the bottom with a 24 - 17 win over Old Redcliffians (48). 

Ampthill had the best result in the National 1 title chase as they beat Old Elthamians 36-6 to go 5 points clear of OEs and Rosslyn Park at the top as the Park beat Esher 13-17. Blackheath remain fourth after a 31-7 win over Cinderford. Loughborough Students climbed off the bottom and over Esher with a 33-17 win over Sale FC

In London & SE Premier Sutton & Epsom slipped up with a 25-29 loss at home to Guildford. That result allowed Wimbledon to go level on points at the top as they beat Brentwood 38-22. Westcliff's hopes are dimming as they lost 24-17 to Tring. T Wells looked to have erased any fears of relegation as they beat CS Stages 19-31 to go 12 points clear of the bottom three. 

Sevenoaks were toppled from top spot in London 1 S after a 17-11 loss away at Camberley. Medway took advantage to go top by a point with a 38-20 defeat of Combe. Camberley joined Oaks on 90 points and so too did Brighton as they found form again with a 50-29 defeat of Tottonians. Just a single point then between the top four with four to play.

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