REDINGENSIANS Rams head coach Seb Reynolds hopes his side "learn from their mistakes" after being held to a 12-12 draw at home to Tonbridge Juddian in National Two South on Saturday, writes Cameron Temple.

The hosts went into the game on the back of defeats to the top two in the league – Chinnor and Cinderford – and would have been hoping to return to winning ways against a mid-table side they had hammered 47-24 earlier in the season.

However, on a miserable and wet afternoon, and on a mud-bath of a surface, they failed to fire and dropped to fourth in the table, usurped by Taunton Titans into third.

Reynolds said: “We started really brightly and played some fantastic handling rugby early on, but as the conditions deteriorated, Tonbridge Juddian came back into the game very well.

“We made a lot of errors in our tactical decision-making as the game went on, but as long as we learn from this I’ll be happy.”

Rams began the game determined to rectify the losses of the previous weeks as they immediately put pressure on the Tonbridge defence, dominating possession during the first 10 minutes.

Jordan Souter was providing the creativity for the Rams with some clever kicks, one of which Jak Rossiter looked set to run onto and take over the try line, only for the ball to take an unfortunate bounce out of play, agonisingly close to the visitors’ try line.

However, despite their dominance, it took the Reading men until the 16th minute to register a try, set up by a mazy run from Souter, and with the Rams getting the ball wide, Rossiter ran the ball in comfortably.

Following this, the momentum appeared to sway in favour of Juddian, as they enjoyed a prolonged period of possession, although without causing the Rams defence any real trouble.

This was until, after 30 minutes, Liam Prescott injected some much needed creativity into Tonbridge Juddians’s attack with a skilful pass, sparking the catalyst for Rory McHugh to take the ball over the line and bring the scores level. Prescott’s conversion put the away side in front.

However, McHugh then went from hero to zero as he was sent to the sin-bin. Rams took immediate advantage, taking the lead in clinical fashion through Tom Vooght minutes before half time, with Tom Humberstone adding the extras to make it 12-7.

The first 30 minutes of the second half lacked in action, with the only moment worthy of note being a try out wide for Sammy Atiola which made the scores level .a This set the game up for a tense finish, with the Rams a man down due to a yellow card for hooker Ben Henderson.

This tense finish came to fruition with the last kick of the game being a penalty for Tonbridge to snatch victory, their second chance within a matter of minutes.

However, Prescott once again dragged the ball wide, leaving both sides to share the points.

Redingensians Rams travel to lowly Broadstreet on Saturday (2.30pm).