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Rams Muddy Edge

8th January 2022

TJs opened up their N1 new year with Rams at The Slade. Rams had slipped down the table in the last 2 months but with games called off others had taken advantage to climb above them.

The Extras kicked things off though with a 1pm KO against Rams 2s but they trailed 0-19 at the break and failed to trouble the scoreboard in a final 0-35 loss.  

The wind and rain abated a little for the start of the 1s game but conditions underfoot made it tricky for both sides. TJs opened with a Tom White penalty after 14 minutes but Rams hit back with a converted try 10 minutes later. 

Rams enjoyed the territory but the TJ defence was as resolute as ever but the lineout was again struggling. However White added a second penalty before TJs pounced on a Rams mistake to hack through from inside their own half and Tom Nicoll won the case for a try. White converted and TJs led.

Rams grabbed a penalty just before the break and went in 13-10 behind for a change of shirts.

White added a penalty shortly after the restart but Rams closed the gap with a try on 50 minutes to make it 16-15 and keep things very tight.

Another White penalty after 53 minutes kept TJs in front but Rams were growing at scrum time an d putting TJs under pressure. The bounce of the ball and some decisions went against both sides at times and with just 3 minutes left Rams crossed for a converted try to take the win.

TJs suffered a fifth loss on the bounce by 6 points or less and will feel this was another one that got away from them. 

The Ladies headed to Guernsey on Saturday for their league game and they seciured a 5-33 win to go back to the top of the table. 

Charlie Skilton opened the try scoring before Jules Teague (2), Mary Anderson and Megan Akehurst also crossed. Jules Teague added 4 conversions. 

On Sunday the U16s slipped to a 15-28 reverse to Seveanoaks B

Elsewhere in Nartional 1 Rosslyn Park consolidated their lead at the top with a 13-19 win away at Leeds Tykes. Cinderford slipped back in second as Caldy secured a 26-24 home win to close the gap in third to just a single point.

Sale, who TJs travel to face next Saturday for a 2pm KO, lost out to Cambridge 17-14 who go level on points with Sale. Blackheath lost 17-22 to Birmingham Moseley whilst Taunton overcame Darlington MP 24-14. And finally Plymouth Albion beat Bishop's Stortford 31-17.


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