Sloppy Suds slip down league table

LONDON 3NE

Campion 27 Sudbury 14

SUDBURY lost a vital sixth game in a row on Saturday in Romford, a game they needed to win to retain a mid- table position.

Poor first-time tackling and too many penalties given away to a scrum-half who could find the posts anywhere in the visitors’ half put Sudbury under unnecessary pressure.

Two penalties in the first 10 minutes gave the home side a 6-0 lead before Sudbury settled down and worked themselves into a scoring position.

The first try came when Campion ignored requests from the referee at the lineout and from the scrum the Sudbury pack drove over to score. Tom Summers converted and Sudbury led after a quarter of an hour of play.

The rest of the half was played out without further score until just before the half-time break when Campion had a scrum midway in their own half. Sudbury won the ball and a jinking run from Scott Harries and conversion by Summers extended the Sudbury lead to 14-6.

Campion just had time to slot over another penalty for a half-time score of 14-9.

Direct from the restart Sudbury gave away a penalty on their 22 and the kicker made no mistake.

After five minutes of the half a penalty was awarded on the Campion 10. Sudbury expected to be given the decision but the referee’s often strange interpretation of the laws gave it to the home side and Campion ran through to score.

A further penalty and try from the restart stretched Campion’s lead, and with five minutes to play Sudbury gave away another penalty for Campion to take the score to 27-14.