Gladiators must find a way to tame Tigers

WITH rivals Bury Titans gunned down, Sudbury Gladiators now have the league title and play-off glory on their agenda.

A mouthwatering clash at home to fellow front-runners Bedford Tigers on Saturday (2.30pm) looks likely to be key in the run for the title.

And the newly-formed rugby league side believe they have enough quality to seal the crown and promotion from the Rugby League Conference East Regional.

An impressive comeback from 16-0 down without their regular half-backs, to win 36-26 on Saturday, did little to quell Galdiators’ belief that they can reign supreme in their debut season - and earn promotion to the Rugby League Premier.

Player/coach of the mainly Colchester Garrison-drawn side, Andy Hunter, said: “With the squad of players we have got, once everyone is here, we cannot say we are going to walk the league but we should be very successful this season.”

Sudbury will have to start quicker than they did against Bury at Bedford Tigers, with Saturday’s sluggish opening costing Gladiators 16 points after 36 minutes of play.

But a hat-trick from Sudbury Rugby Club’s Stuart Whybrow and a superb individual try from the ever-dangerous Mitch Swiggs helped them on their way to victory.

“We should not have started like we did against Bury,” said Hunter. “We lost a few boys before the game, so we were missing the control of our half-backs and our star player Scott Harries went off with a foot injury.

“But we managed to claw a win and hopefully we can play better at Bedford.

“We always give sides too much in the first 10-15 minutes.”

Influential half-backs Scott Sarson and Scott Milton are in line for a return to the side against Tigers at Whittome Field, who beat St Ives Roosters 42-22 at the weekend to retain their perfect start.