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TJs Hang On at the Top

2nd February 2020

TJs headed to second placed Henley Hawks on Saturday in N2S in search of a big win to keep them top and clear of the chasers. They won, but no big on the scorenoard, but big in performance after trailing 17-6 at the break.

It wasn't all Hawks in the first half but they controlled much of the territory and scored two converted tries and a penalty as TJs could only manage two Will Robinson penalties. It felt a little bit deja vu after Taunton but TJs had the benefit of the slope and strong breeze to come so all was not lost.

TJs used both elements to their advantage in the second half and the pressure on Hawks to try and excape allowed Duncan Tout to turn the ball over and send Hugo Watson in for a try which Will Robinson converted on 48 mins.

TJs were then hammering on the Hawks' door for the next 10 minutes and they thought Will Colderick had gone over for a try. But the referee felt otherwise but after consulting the assistant referee he awarded a penalty try and TJs were in front 17-18.

The final 20 minutes were all TJs territory and it was not until the final two minutes that Henley managed to get deep into TJ territory. But they couldn't secure the score they needed and TJs hoofed the ball out from a scrum penalty to take the win and 4 points.

The win meant that TJs are 4 points clear of Henley and Taunton as the Somerset Club beat Westcliff 43-10. Te hgame also marked Dave Irvine's 100th TJ cap - BIG hand to Dave for all his efforts over the past seasons.

Redruth are of course still in the mix and they saw off 17-33 to remain fourth and just a further 4 points back. TJs head to Cornwall next Saturday for a 2pm KO. The Big games come thick and fast now.

Clifton eased past Bournemouth 17-43 and Leicester Lions edged out Dings 17-15. Nothing could separate Old Reds and Esher as they drew 25 each and Sutton & Epsom turned over Barnes 23-17 to send Bournemouth back to the bottom. Worthing lost 29-30 to Old Albanians.

Back at The Slade the 2s faced Sevenoaks in Invicta 1 and slipped to a 12-35 loss 

TJs Pink Ladies played on Sunday and they led 17-0 at the break after the KO was delayed for nearly 2 hours after Jersey's flight failed to leave on time. 

Whilst they could not score again they limited Jersey to just the one converted try to record a 17-7 win

In National 1 leaders Richmond beat Cinderford 10-25 to stay 7 points clear at the top from Rosslyn Park who routed Cambridge 50-19. Rams are a point back in third now after they lost 18-31 to Blackheath. Canterbury lost 13-29 to Birmingham Moseley and Old Elthamians beat Darlington MP 28-26

Rochford Hundred lead London & SE Premier still and saw off the challenge of Wimbledon 12-3. Guernsey eased past CS Stags 10-52 to remain a point behind in second whilst T Wells added to LIWG woe with a 17-29 win to keep LIWG in the bottom three. Sevenoaks managed a 10-10 draw with Hertford

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