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Some interesting results this week. Shows how close the league is when Brentwood come from 17-5 down to beat TWs in Kent, and Sidcup can hold off last seasons 3rd placed team. Hertford eventually seem to have got back to being their normal selves or did S&E have one of the nightmares they seem to have every 4-6 weeks?
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Only got there for the last 10 minutes or so of the Hertford/S&E game, but it was the period when the score went from 12-3 to 31-3. S&E only got out of their half when they re-started the match after a score. Their scrum was driven all over the place for one try and Hertford drove a rolling maul from the 22 to confirm the win.

A mate of mine who saw the whole thing reckoned S&E turned up thinking they were going to win and couldn't respond when they got the nasty shock that it isn't so easy. They certainly weren't playing to the conditions.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Clueless like most Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Oct 2018 at 07:08
Wow Tunbridge Wells budget appears to be miss used or there is a hell of a lot of injuries. Never thought they would be in the relegation zone. Is something amiss? They should be heading the table not propping it up. Bruce any insight?
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I believe it is injuries. Indeed they lost one of their wings  who came off with his arm in a sling.

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Every Club will have its injury woes.

We've had a few issues with getting any sort of consistent selection going, for our back line in particular.

I could tell you how we've had a really intuitive 8,9,10 combo for the last few seasons but with Chaz Spence out long term we've tried a few options at scrumhalf (Max Douch stepped in for most of the 2nd half of last season, but is now at uni. Charlie Rigby played the first couple of matches this season, but has now gone to uni.  Max Edmonton is now in the role and should now be there for the season... having come through our youth section, gone to uni and now returned!) I could talk about our preferred fullback playing outside centre after Mike Doherty suffered a 6-week injury in the final week of pre-season. Different wings each week. That's not all of it, but it's enough to get the point over. These are all things that are frustrating, but ultimately should be taken in our stride.

As a Club we have a few new forwards... but 6 of the 8 this week were the same as last year. Only three of our backs this week weren't with us last year, and one of those has long family connections to the club and came up through minis/juniors. This isn't a massively changed team from last year.

The truth of it though is that injury issues aside they just haven't clicked yet. All of the components are there.

They've got two weeks to sort it out...

Fair play to Brentwood this week.  They came out, in the second half in particular, and took their chances.  And lovely use of cross field kick a few times! 

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A fantastic game of rugby at Sidcup yesterday where Sidcup's dominant pack won the game in the last 5 mins with a penalty try. The game was a credit to both sides in appalling conditions and the levels of fitness shown by both sides also was very impressive in an 80 min brutal encounter.

Some strange results again yesterday and well done to Brentwood who I didn't think would be able to handle the TWs forwards who haven't turned up this season so far. 
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Delighted to see former London Cornish wing Tom Jeffery seemingly scoring at will at Guildford. Think he has scored in every game he has played so far this season, and must be close to being the leagues top try scorer after his hat-trick yesterday.
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Originally posted by SlippedThroughTheNet SlippedThroughTheNet wrote:

Some interesting results this week. Shows how close the league is when Brentwood come from 17-5 down to beat TWs in Kent, and Sidcup can hold off last seasons 3rd placed team. Hertford eventually seem to have got back to being their normal selves or did S&E have one of the nightmares they seem to have every 4-6 weeks?

Just what I have been saying since the start of the season. This league will have a clear easy winner. IMO there will be a big battle for 2nd place. I also think there will be a clear bottom position like Tows last year and Amersham & Chilts the season before. The biggest battle will be avoiding 2nd and 3rd from bottom and getting the mid table slots. Every season gets tighter in this league, and due to its physicality injuries happen. Getting more like L4 with demands of strength in depth replacing players of the calibre of the Westcliff TH. The question is how strong is your bench. Always sad to see serious injuries in every side. Despite Dorking's comfortable win yesterday it took D's 25 minutes to break down a stubborn and determined understrength Bedford Ath side, who to their credit performed well. However D's also suffered 2 bad injuries, one to one of our most influential players with a double fracture to his leg.Ouch.In light of this it will be difficult for all teams to last the full season at full strength. Wish all injured players a speedy recovery.  
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Interesting game at TW this week, ironic that we can't win the toss at home but won it here and had the slope advantage second half. TW didn't do enough first half, loads of pressure on our line but as soon as it left the forwards it all broke down (except one piece of skill from the winger to create their second try). To be fair, we had our fair share of dropped passes and penalties too.

We held them to 2 tries and our try right on halftime was the clincher I think, TW knew they were in for a hard time 2nd half. We turned it on and from the 60th minute I was sure we were going to win it, we held on to everything and TW never got into our 22 all half. Good win on the road and could have been a bigger margin, the rain absolutely lashed it down for the last 10 minutes.

Few surprise this week, West v Wim being the biggest.
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