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Tonbridge Juddians 21-17 Westcombe Park
TWO tries to one and a mix of penalties was enough to secure a hard-fought 21-17 win for Tonbridge Juddians against Westcombe Park on Saturday.
Tonbridge’s tries came in the first half with breaks down the right from John McMahon and Lee Campion, together with a conversion and penalty from Dan Hawkes.
Two out of three penalties for Luke Giles was Combe’s answer in the first half as the Orpington side went in trailing 18-6 at the interval.
Combe’s try came early in the second half, with Ryan Fuller benefiting from strength and perseverance in midfield.
The conversion was missed but a penalty apiece a few minutes later, and another one missed by TJ’s, maintained a seven point gap.
Combe were now very much in the ascendancy and another penalty from Joe Simpson with 10 remaining set up a tense finale, with the visitors now only a try away from victory.
But a resolute TJ’s defence did just enough to close out a very tight game. It didn’t start well for Combe but they soon stopped TJ’s power and worked well to cross the line first but it was brought back for a five-metre scrum.
It was Tonbridge’s superior speed which brought them their success, outrunning the Combe defence.