Rugby: Tonbridge Juddians cruise past Sidcup to win double

Gary Jefferies

TONBRIDGE JUDDIANS won the Kent Cup in style to secure a double triumph in what has been a hugely successful season.

The champions of National League Three London & South East achieved the victory at Canterbury RFC by an unexpectedly convincing margin over Sidcup, newly promoted to National Three after winning London One South.

It was TJs who struck first after 10 minutes, against the run of play, Murray Galbraith-Lowe scything through for his first try.

Good work by the forwards set up positions close to the Sidcup line for Cole Campbell to claim two tries from close range. Liam Prescott converted both to give TJs a 3-19 lead at the break.

The packs were well-matched and Sidcup were causing the TJ lineout all sorts of problems. 

But it was TJs’ ability to defend in phases before turning the ball over and setting the backs free that was the big difference. Tonbridge had the cutting edge all over the park. 

ON THE MOVE Will Ward launches another TJs attack. PHOTO: Adam Hookway

Galbraith-Lowe just made it over the line in the corner after being released by wing James Copsey, and Prescott converted from the touchline.

Scrum-half Will Ward was quick to react to a spillage and found centre Tom Nicoll, who scored from inside his own half.

Flanker Richie Bent picked up a loose ball at Sidcup’s line-out and captain Jon McMahon linked up for Galbraith-Lowe to mark his hat-trick.

Prescott jinked his way out of trouble to set Copsey off on a long run to touch down under the posts. He scored again from the fly-half position, where he had too much speed for Sidcup’s cover.

Hugo Watson on the left wing shrugged off a couple of tackles to burst through for a try. And finally, replacement right winger Ryan Redman showed a clean pair of heels to score TJ’s tenth try.

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