Rugby: Double quick from Nicoll as Juddians come out firing

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TONBRIDGE JUDDIANS were at The Slade again on Saturday looking to back up their important win over second-placed Wimbledon last weekend in National League Three London & South-East with a convincing win over second from bottom Colchester.

Juddians quickly got the upper hand as first Sam Bailey and then Tom Nicoll crossed for tries. TJs were making indents into the visitors’ defence and creating the extra man in the backs time and again.

James Copsey added a third try and Nicoll added a fourth to give TJs a 20-0 lead and the bonus point before the break.

In slippery conditions it was not an easy day for kickers and as Colchester got a try back to make it 20-7 they were still in the mix.

The second half started brightly for TJs, and Murray Galbraith-Lowe provided the man over to make it 25-7.

At that point Colchester could have fallen away. But they kept the ball alive as much as possible and got their reward with a second converted try to make it 25-14.

TJs were a tad nervous but Sam Bailey settled the issue with an intercept and Liam Prescott at last had a kick in front of the posts to make it 32-14.

So Juddians hang on tightly to the top spot as they head south this weekend with a trip to Chichester.

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