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TJs Cook Up A Storm in Cornwall

6th April 2019

TJs turned in yet another excellent performance to seal their first victory at the Reds with Duncan Tout, aka The Bude Bullet, grabbing a hat trick with Truman Sullivan and Will Colderick book ending those to earn a BP win by 23-37

A windy but sunny day started badly with Reds drawing first blood but Truman's try levelled things before Reds edged in front again. Neither side could find any flow to their game as the wind made it tricky to pass and kick with much accuracy. Touty's first try and a Will Robinson conversion made it 8-121 before Matas Jurevicius was carded just before the break and Reds took the three points to go in 11-12 in arrears.

Although the wind was largely across the picth it still favoured the home side for much of the second half as the slope fed into the legendary Hellfire corner. And a speculative TJ pass fed into the Reds centre's hands and he gallopped in from halfway to make it 18-12 aznd the home side's tails were up. 

TJs had to work harder but as the game progressed spaces started to appear for TJs when they stretched the Reds' defence a little wider. Robinson slotted a penalty and then put Touty over for his second. which Robinson converted. But the Reds took advantage of some TJ errors to find Hellfire corner with a penalty which they caught and drove over to go back in front 23-22.

But TJs started to make inroads through the centre and on the wings as TJs kept the ball well and Robinson pinned the home side back. Touty crashed over for his third and then Will Colderick benefited from a Touty through the legs pass, Hugo Watson bosh and pass to score the fifth try which Robinson converted. Robinson added the coup de grace with a penalrty and a 23-37 victory was secured.

TJs received fullsome and spontaneous praise from the TJ Travellers who had garthered in Hellfire Corner. 

Elsewhere the 2s came badly unstuck at home to Sevenoaks in Invicta 1 as they slid to a 62 nil defeat.

Better news though for the 3s as despite Old Gravesendians forfeiting their scheduled Five Grain D4W encounter and final game they were crowned CHAMPIONS - well done to everyone involved

In National 2 South Rams were crowned Champions with two games to spare after a 21-45 win at Clifton. That leaves Canterbury chasing a playoff spot as they finally overcame BSE in a 35-23 win that keeps them 6 points ahead of TJs.

Henley hammered Guernsey 60-28 to remain fourth and level on points with TJs. That result sends the Islanders down with LIWG who also lost heavily, a 5-61 reverse to Old Albanians,

Taunton edged it 32-30 against Dings and Worthing beat Old Redliffians 39-33. Birmingham Bees currently occupy the third relegation spot and a hefty 5-41 loss to Barnes makes things look fairly grim as a result.

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