First Team Sub
Sep 24, 2011, 6:01 PM
Team(s): Gillingham, Tonbridge
Saturday, 24 September
Re: [Fleetfan] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION
National League Three (London & South-East)
Tonbridge Juddians 37 CS Rugby 1863 20
Admission £5 (inc programme)
Juddians are this season enjoying their highest status since the introduction of a Rugby Union pyramid, much like Tonbridge Angels, so I felt it was time for a second visit to their base on Tonbridge sports ground.
Due to their lofty status they now have to charge admission, but you also get a 32 page B5 size programme printed on glossy paper too, which was an unexpected bones. The club-house sells real ale from the local Larkins and Westerham breweries and also had a range of bottled real ales for a reasonable £2 per bottle or 3 for £5. Pre-match the club house was split between those having a drink and those (in silly blazers) having a lunch.
Juddians play on a roped off pitch, with advertising hoardings behind each goal. The ground is seperated from the main part of Tonbridge sports ground by the river Medway. This season they have erected a low plastic fence to seperate the club's territory from a public footpath on matchdays.
There are a number of players from the southern hemisphere in the Juddians team, and they've helped the club romp to league titles three years in a row. Defeat to Canterbury a fortnight ago was their first home defeat for over three years. Now they're in a higher league there won't be so many romps and they were pegged back by a skilful CS team for much of the game. The score was a fair 20-20 with only 10 minutes to go before Tonbridge scored two tries and a penalty to make the final score look a little flattering.
CS Rugby 1863 are the old civil service team. They split from the football club in 1863, were one the clubs who founded the RFU in 1871 and are one of only a handful of clubs who attended the meeting who still exist.
I have to say that I am probably more of an armchair rugby union watcher. I need to have the intricacies and refereeing decisions spoon-fed to me. CS scored their first try on the far side in the opening minutes. Those around me commented on what a good try it was. However all I could see was a big pile of big blokes who only appeared to stop bundling over each other when the ref blew his whistle. I really could have done with a close-up video replay to help me make sense of it.
(This post was edited by eesti7 on Sep 24, 2011, 6:05 PM)