Positives from Sudbury’s defeat at league leaders

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LONDON LEAGUE THREE NORTH EAST: Campion 39 Sudbury 22

Ahead of their Suffolk Cup final, Sudbury’s young side put in a good performance against likely league champions Campion in Romford.

After their 39-22 win, Campion require one more win to be crowned champions and can only be beaten by Old Cooperians if they were to slip up in their last two games. Sudbury should take fourth place.

Entertaining rugby was the order of the day in what was a closely-fought contest, but Campion exploited their chances and turned them into points and that was the difference between the teams.

Sudbury had the best of the territorial advantage in the first quarter, but from Campion’s first visit into their opponent’s 22-metre area they scored from a lineout.

Five minutes later, they scored again on their second visit to the Sudbury half.

But, from the restart, Shaun Smith broke clear and passed inside to Fraser Beckett, who touched down under the posts with Tom Summers adding the extra points.

Fraser Beckett put Sudbury into the lead with a run down the wing — the try again converted by Summers.

Following a high tackle, Summers increased the lead to seven points with a kick from the 22.

In the last seconds of the first half, Campion kicked for the corner after they were awarded a penalty.

The forwards recycled the ball to the backs, who scored to leave Sudbury with a two-point lead at half-time.

Campion scored wide from a good passage of play after some good defending by Sudbury after five minutes of the second half.

After a period of pressure in the Sudbury half, the hosts scored again and, for the first time, added the extra points.

Summers crossed the line for Sudbury from a move started just inside the Campion half.

But from the restart Campion got to the loose ball first and kicked ahead and ran through to touch down.

They finished the game with a good try when the replacement dodged several tackles to run through.

n Sudbury’s Frazer Beckett has been called up to the Eastern Counties squad for their RFU National Under-20 Championship quarter-final against Yorkshire at Sudbury’s Whittome Field on Sunday (2pm). Brother Austin retains his place, alongside Culford School’s Toby White.