Jud­dian sur­vive scare to take the spoils

Ton­bridge J ..33 Old Red­cliff’ ..24

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 South - ■ By GARETH WITH­ERS

HUGH Wat­son scored two tries to give Ton­bridge Jud­dian the points on a slip­pery and dif­fi­cult ser­vice at the Slade.

Ton­bridge started the bet­ter and con­trolled early pos­ses­sion but some poor de­ci­sion mak­ing and of­fload­ing skills in the wet saw sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties wasted

Their pres­sure did even­tu­ally tell though and a Wat­son off­load sent Dave Irvine over to give the host a 5-0 lead.

The hosts ap­plied more pres­sure but a turnover in the op­po­si­tion 22 saw Red­clif­fi­ans run the ball back 80m with some skil­ful in­ter­play to score and take a 5-7 lead.

The home side struck back through Wat­son but Prescott again missed the ex­tra two from the left touchline.

Two penal­ties for the home side be­fore the break and one for Old Red­clif­fi­ans sawthe half time score poised at 16-10.

Al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the restart Ton­bridge struck twice, first through Gal­braith-Lowe and then Tout but with nei­ther score con­verted the game was not quite in the bag for the hosts.

Reds scored next through Jones, con­verted by Bird, and with ten min­utes to play the score sat at 26-24 and the game in the bal­ance.

How­ever, it was TJs who fin­ished the stronger and Wat­son’s sec­ond try se­cured the much-needed points for the home side on a dif­fi­cult af­ter­noon.

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