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WHISPER it quietly, but even assuming all of their rivals' results go against them in the remaining two months of the season, Tonbridge Juddians only need 28 more points to be mathematically certain of winning London 1 South and progressing to national league rugby.

Chichester and London Irish are their nearest challengers, a full 13 points behind, with just eight games remaining. And with TJs playing their next four games at the Slade, they are almost home and dry.

"If we can win those four games (one is a cup game) and pick up bonus points along the way, things will be looking really positive for us," coach Steve Farr said. "Mind you, we don't want to count our chickens.

"We are on the verge of something historic for any rugby club three promotions in three years. But we are trying to avoid that level of thinking among the players. We want to avoid any complacency."

Since Christmas, the TJs juggernaut has continued at a relentless pace. They have beaten London Irish, Wimbledon, Dover, Beckenham and most recently Thanet.

However, they have not had it all their own way.

In several of those games they have trailed at half-time and just last week needed two late tries from Richard Nauer to see off Beckenham.

"We've been ticking along really well," Farr said. "There were a few banana skins in those games, but we've come out of it really well.

"The thing is, every team we play is desperate to beat us.

"We have had to weather the storm in several games, and yes, we are fitter in the second half.

"Every game is different. But people are coming hard at us, so it's not difficult to get the players up for it. They are self motivated they are winners."

TJs face Portsmouth (this Saturday, 2.30pm), Cobham and Tunbridge Wells in their next three league games.

In the middle of all that they will be at home to Maidstone in the Kent Cup, under flooodlights (7.30pm) on February 23.

Farr said that game will be a chance to give a few of the academy players at the club a run out.

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