Unbeaten streak faces stern test at traditional rivals

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Sudbury’s perfect record faces a stern test on Saturday, when the London League Three North East leaders travel to face fourth-placed regular rivals Harlow at Ram Gorse.

Sudbury ran in five tries against Upminster on Saturday, winning 27-0 in atrocious conditions, making it 15 wins from 15 starts in the league this season.

Harlow were winning 36-5 at Old Brentwoods, their 10th victory of the season.

Games between the two clubs have traditionally been closely contested and Harlow gave Sudbury a tough game at Whittome Field in October, losing 22-15.

Sudbury’s hardest games so far this season have been against the clubs immediately below them, a 16-13 win at West Norfolk, who now lie third, and a 15-14 home win over second-placed Cantabs.

Sudbury director of rugby Graham Richards, anticipating a possible forwards battle at Harlow, opted to play a forwards game against Upminster, and it paid off.

“I thought our forwards were outstanding,” said Richards. “Our set piece worked very well.

“Apart from one not straight in the lineout, we won all our lineouts, and a couple of theirs, and took the strike from them in the scrum as well, pushing them

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