SUFFOLK U13s PLATE
Hadleigh 25 Sudbury 0
THE freezing conditions were challenging for both teams and the biting wind ensured concentration from the players on the basic skills.
From the kick-off Hadleigh were mobile, committed and aggressive at the breakdown, which allowed scrum half Arthur Romer-Lee to score an early Christmas cracker.
This was exactly the start that Hadleigh required to settle the team and supporters and they continued to follow their game plan of aggressive fast rucking.
Sudbury settled as well and started to compete at the breakdown but Hadleigh proved to be quicker and more decisive which allowed winger Jackson Crisp to be released after a series of rucks to score in the corner.
The half time score was 10-0 to Hadleigh and as expected Sudbury began the second half with determination and an added injection of commitment.
The Sudbury forwards rolled down the centre of the pitch with some impressive mauling, which placed them at times in some dangerous field positions, but they were unable to score as the Hadleigh defence was organised and fearless.
The Hadleigh forwards were magnificent throughout the game and they were spurred on by a standout performance by Joe Colcomb.
A further two individual tries were scored by a rampaging Arthur Romer-Lee and the determination of all the Hadleigh team eventually allowed the mobile Conor Jeffreys to run in an impressive try from beyond the 22.
The final whistle brought some memorable celebrations from the Hadleigh team and John Winders of the Suffolk Rugby Union presented them with the Suffolk plate.
The game highlighted how both sides have advanced this year and the future looks bright for both squads.
A fantastic result for Hadleigh, but overall a fantastic result for youth rugby in Suffolk.