Sudbury 10 Holt 23
SUDBURY entertained league leaders Holt on Saturday and put on a much better performance than the previous week.
Sudbury played up the hill and against the elements in the first half and this was reflected in territorial advantage and possession.
Holt took the game deep into the Sudbury half from the kick-off and applied pressure from the off.
Seven phases of play on the Suds’ five-metre line ended when they knocked on amidst fierce defence from the home side.
Holt scored after seven minutes with a penalty kicked from midway in the half by Young.
Twenty minutes in, Holt scored from a scrum midway in the 22 as they recycled quick ball through two pairs of hands to touch down.
Sudbury replied with a try from a scrum on the 22 and after two phases of play, season top scorer Josh Rix took the ball at speed to crash over.
Holt opted for a scrum when they were awarded a penalty close to the home line and once again quick ball into space put Ilsley clear to score.
Holt finished the half with a further try when Sudbury broke clear but were called back by the referee for a controversial forward pass. From the scrum the pack trundled the maul over the Sudbury line for a half-time score of 20-5.
Now playing with the elements, Sudbury were enjoying much more of the territory and possession but were still having difficulty in finishing.
Three times in the second half Sudbury crossed the try line only to be held up and taken back for a five scrum but you could not fault the effort.
Shaun Smith eventually crossed the line to score after an hour of play as the backs put the ball out wide from a move started on the 22.
Holt then replied with a long distance penalty just inside the Sudbury half to complete their points tally.
Sudbury missed seven kicks at goal and with the three disallowed tries could have won the game easily but it was a much better effort than the Norwich game.
No game next week so there is time to get everyone fit for the away game at Wymondham.