McHugh’s hat-trick lifts TJs back to the top of the table

Tout at the double as TJs survive fightback
Tonbridge Juddians

Barnes 12 Tonbridge Juddians 32

TJs started strongly with a well worked try that sent Rory McHugh in at the corner and then a catch-and-drive from the lineout sent Ryan Jackson over for a 12-0 lead early on.

The first half meandered, though, as much of the game was played midfield and it wasn’t until Mat Walsh was yellow-carded that Barnes closed the gap with an unconverted just before the break.

TJs came out strongly for the second half and breaks by Dave Priest set up their third and fourth tries. The first, from just inside the TJ half, allowed him to spin the ball wide to Murray Galbraith-Lowe, who out-paced the defence to score.

The second break saw Priest crash through and offload to enable the ball to find McHugh again on the left for him and he scored his second try to secure the bonus point.

The game was then halted after the referee was injured and had to leave the field on crutches. Barnes scored again to narrow to 12-22 but two more tries from TJs saw them go clear again.

The fifth score came from another catch-and-drive by the pack, leading to a second touchdown for Jackson.

The final try was a stunning solo effort from McHugh, who popped up in the centre, threw a dummy and charged over to complete his hat-trick.

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