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Past Players Lunch and BIG Wins

24th November 2019

TJs were back at The Slade on Saturday in N2S whilst the 3s headed to Ash in Kent & E Sussex Rural D4. No game for the 2s in Invicat 1 again as Clubs withdraw their 2nd strings. Two wins though but both hard fought in muddy conditions.

Before the game at The Slade the League Lunch was a sell out (as are the next two) as past TRFC, OJRFC and TJs gathered to review past glories or not. Great to see so many old (and young) faces back at TJs enjoying the craic.

On Sunday the TJs Pink Ladies were in the Plate first round of the Junior Cup and ran out big winners, 106-0 at home to Lordswood.  Charlie Skilton and Ame Roberts led the way with 4 tries each, Pia Buckrow scored a try on debut and Harriet Gomersall added three on debut too. Jules Teague crossed for a brace and added 11 conversions whilst Heike Niemand and Megan Akehurst also crossed the white line with Megan adding 2 more conversions. Congrats too to Linzo Mountcastle for keeping a tab on scorers. 

The Academy were also in action with the U18s coming back from 29 nil down at OEs. Unfortunately they finally lost out 29-36. The U17s beat Aylesford Bulls 36-10 in the Kent League. Top effort from the sqaud against last season's Kent Champions. And the U16s faced the Bulls in a bottom-up (aimed at giving squad players a rub out) friendly and TJs lost that one 7-52.

The U13s beat Bromley 40-5 at The Slade

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Out on the pitch it was perhaps less fun unless you like tackling and moving slowly into large objects. The first 10 minutes were perhaps the best for open rugby but two well drileld defences ensured the ball stayed close as both sides went through the phases to try and break the other side down.

TJs opened the scoring as they final got the phases going to send Ben ASshmore crashing over. Will Robinson converted and TJs were 7-0 up. The restart though allowed Esher to gain some territory and they closed the gap with a penalty.

On 25 minutes the TJ backs started to find a few holes and after combining with the forewards ion close quarters Toby May found a space on the right but could not quite get there. However the ball found Murray Galbraith-Lowe who went over for an unconverted try for TJs to lead 12-3.

As the half closed Esher secured a penalty and then a converted try to head indoors just 12-11 down and all still to play for.

Playing was easier said than done though and it took until the 62nd minute before TJs managed to get deep into Esher territory before forcing Reece Conlon over the line to lead 17-11.

Esher had their chances in the last quarter and despite getting close on the left Matt Walsh bundled them into touch to save the score. As Esher went close again a lack of patience saw them fling the ball wide right only for Hugo Watson to time his tackle to perfection to scythe his opponent down and the ball went dead. A 17-11 win and 4 points secured, just.

On the road the 3s came up trumps with a 10-27 win over Ash 1s. Scorers Charlie Atwood, Tom Carter, Marcus Isaac, Dom Goodchild and George Seal all crossed with Atwood adding a single conversion in tricky conditions. 

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Elsewhere in N2S Taunton secured a 22-17 win over BSE to remain top by 2 points from TJs and Henley closed the gap with a bonus point 34-22 win over Barnes. TJs hit the Barnes trail next Saturday with a 2.30pm KO.

Clifton continued theior recent fine form with a resounding 7-43 win at Old Albanians and Westcliff secured the result of the day with a 24-19 bp win over Redruth. Bournemouth pushed Leicester Lions all the way but still fell to a 16-17 defeat and Old Reds and Sutton & Epsom shared the spoils in a 10-10 draw. Worthing rem ain on a performance roll and they beat Dings 32-10

In National 1 Rams and Canterbury locked horns and the Kent Club's N1 woes continued as they slipped to another defeat, this time a 22-48 reverse. That leaves Canterbury stuck to the bottom with 12 losses from 12 whilst Rams climbed to third.

Richmond slipped up 8-7 at Sale FC which allowed Rosslyn Park to go level on points with them at the top as they beat Hull Ionians 36-8. Blackheath beat Birmingham & Moseley 7-9 in another close encounter and OEs drew 17-17 with Bishops' Stortford.

Wimbledon march on in London & SE Premier after a 7-25 win at Hertford to keep their undefeated season going and maintain a 6 point gap from Guernsey who beat Sidcup 74-13. Rochford Hundred beat Dorking 16-25 and T Wells impressed again with a 35-30 home win over Bedford Athletic to go 4th and Sevenoaks moved up to 5th with a 17-29 win at CS Stags to stay 

Combe crashed to a 27-24 defeat at Cobham in London 1 to allow Camberley to close the gap to just a point as they beat London Cornish 14-13. And in L&SE 2 Maidstone remain winless at the bottom after a 14-38 loss to Crowborough. Hayw2ards Heath are top after a 29-0 win at Beccehamians. 

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