Subury strengthen grasp on play-offs with big win

BIG TRIUMPH: Sudburys Tom Summers drives forward during his teams huge victory over Campion, which goes a long way to securing them a play-off place.
BIG TRIUMPH: Sudburys Tom Summers drives forward during his teams huge victory over Campion, which goes a long way to securing them a play-off place.

LONDON LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH EAST

Sudbury 67

Campion 19

Eleven tries for hosting Sudbury at the expense of Campion sealed another impressive home win and kept them on track for a play-off place.

Harry Maile started the try-fest with almost the first move of the game when Sudbury regained possession from the kick off and immediately went into attack mode to score with less than two minutes played.

Campion used the restart to get deep into the Sudbury half, but once again the home team worked the ball through the phases and were soon back into the Campion 22.

A darting run from Ethan Wright down the right touchline resulted in a second try 10 minutes in.

Campion used their weight advantage in the forwards to keep play in the Sudbury half and were rewarded with a well-worked try as they tied up the defence before finally crossing the line for a converted try.

Halfway through the period, Sudbury mounted their first major move into the visitors’ half. A penalty lineout was squandered when Sudbury knocked on close to the stripe.

Despite a weight disadvantage, Sudbury were competing at the scrums with some success and their next score came from such a move in the Campion 22 and working through the phases to Henry Cowling lurking on the left wing.

Campion were still putting up a fight, but were relying more on a deep kick from their own 22 to seek relief from the Sudbury attack, and on the half hour Shaun Smith secured the bonus point with a good run through the defence.

Maile increased the gap a couple of minutes later as the backs moved the ball efficiently into space with slick passing for him to finish.

The next score was a similar move started by Cowling on the left and finished by Smith on the right.

After the restart, Sudbury ran deep into the Campion half before they were halted, but the visitors killed the ball and were penalised on the stroke of half time.

Tom Summers was told he could not kick for touch so a tap penalty and a driving run from Jake Thurlow brought about a scoreline of 41-7 at the break.

From the start of the second half, Sudbury brimmed with confidence and started to throw the ball about and again scored within two minutes of the start through Wright.

Sam Maile started the next scoring move when he took the high ball cleanly before Sudbury worked the ball across the park to brother Harry for his third try of the afternoon.

Campion struck back with a second try when their forwards worked hard to pick and drive in the 22, eventually scoring to the right of the posts.

Sudbury could have scored more, but everybody was anxious to get their name on the scoresheet and trying a little too hard.

A simple pass would have brought a better result, but they were on top, although Campion had not given up.

A kick ahead from Harry Maile broke the defence and he ran on to collect the ball to score.

With five minutes left, Campion secured a fine lineout and virtually the whole team joined the rolling maul to trundle over the line.

Charles Jackson finished the Sudbury rout when Jasper Boydell ran from deep in the Sudbury half to draw the defence and put Jackson clear.

The victory has left Sudbury in second spot in the standings.

They are eight points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden and five ahead of Diss in third.