Westcombe Park 23-14 Tonbridge Juddians

First published in Sport

WESTCOMBE Park’s impressive season continued with victory over Tonbridge Juddians.

This match was the spectacular to be expected from two teams near the top of the table and in the end it was only Combe’s grit and superior staying power which saw them through.

A try by second-row Mase Leulunui at the bottom of a maul following a lineout on the five-metre line, the conversion by Dan Hawkes and two penalties from Luke Giles for Combe were the only scores to separate the sides at the interval.

Combe got their noses in front shortly after the restart with a magnificent run from centre Tyron Childs who showed enormous strength to break a couple of tackles on his way to the line.

Giles added the points but the lead didn’t last long.

Full-back Brett Hamlin came into the line to finish off a soft try from halfway which caught Combe absolutely flat-footed and Hawkes added the points.

Tonbridge Juddians’ single point advantage lasted well into the last quarter but by then Combe’s fitness was beginning to tell and a hack forward bounced off shins into the hands of prop Dale Bellinger, who crashed between the posts.

Giles’ conversion was a formality.

Three minutes later Giles added a penalty to cap a near exemplary performance from both fly-halfs, with only a missed effort from TJs all afternoon.

Ironically this would have given them a bonus point and kept them level with Combe in the table.

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