UPLANDS Middle School’s girls squad will be competing in the national final of the Tag-Rugby Plus championship at Twickenham after being crowned regional champions.
THE team sailed though the group stage of the Eastern Region competition, held at Bishop’s Stortford, without losing a game, and went on to defeat Hedingham High School in the final.
They will now head to Twickenham Stadium on April 28 where they will start the day being trained by England Ladies players, before playing in front of a crowd of potentially thousands.
Uplands will face seven other regional championship teams to compete for the national tag rugby title, the games taking place immediately before and during the half-time interval of the annual Army versus Navy competition, which often attracts 45,000 spectators.
Hadleigh 0 Sudbury 20
Ipswich B 0 Sudbury 10
Stowmarket 10 Sudbury 15
Colchester 0 Sudbury 0
Plate final: Bishop’s Stortford 10
A HAT-TRICK on the day from Luke Townsend with two tries from Eddie Brett, Tim Shaikley and Oscar Blackburne and a great try from Jay Waller gave the team enough momentum to qualify for the plate final unbeaten.
An unfortunate delay meant the final was played straight after qualifying against a well-rested Bishop’s Stortford. Sudbury took on the challenge and pulled one try back through Oscar Blackburne.
Sudbury came very close twice but it proved to be a challenge too far and in the end time ran out and they had to settle for plate runners-up.
Sudbury 6 Colchester C 0
Sudbury 5 Hadleigh 1
Sudbury 1 Colchester A 3
Sudbury 2 Woodbridge 0
SUDBURY started strongly on their way to winning the Colchester mini festival plate with a 6-0 win in their opening pool match.
Good teamwork saw them secure another win, but they lost out a place in the final to Colchester.
Sudbury started well and an interception by Keller Pritchard Green lead to the opening try. But as the match progressed Sudbury took a few injuries and this disrupted their flow, which Colchester took advantage of.
Sudbury then went on to face the runners-up in the other pool where they rose to the challenge to win 2-0.
Sharks 3 Woodbridge A 1
Sharks 0 Bishop’s Stortford 0
Sharks 4 Colchester 0
Sharks 7 Ipswich 0
Final: Sharks 4 Bishop’s Stortford 1
SUDBURY Sharks bagged their first silverware season at Colchester.
Scorers in the pool stages were: Harvey Crallan, Jack Bowyer (4), Alasdair Marlow (2), Henry McCallister (4), Mikey Watson, Jo MacGregor and Sam Ponty.
In the final Harvey Crallan equalised just before half-time.
In the second half the Sudbury back play was immense with bursting runs from George Offord leading to tries for Mikey Watson (2) and Jack Bowyer.
SUDBURY Tigers started the day with two losses but beat Woodbridge B 3-0 with tries from Max Woods, Jim Walker and Ben Duncan.
In a hard-fought battle against Hadleigh there were tries from Lucas Roper and Ben Duncan but the team lost 5-2.
In their last game against Colchester C, Jim Walker scored. Sudbury played the better but the game finished 1-1.
Sharks 5 Colchester Saracens 0
Sharks 4 Hadleigh 1
Sharks 4 Ipswich 0
Sharks 0 Colchester Ospreys 1
Sharks 2 Stowmarket 0
GEORGE Dunn scored four times in the opening game of the Colchester Festival as Sudbury put in a high tempo performance.
Josh Nunn (4), Taane Foster (2), Fiontan Connelly, Ben Bayly all got on the scoresheet, while Dunn added another three.
There was never any doubt Sudbury would be able to secure the runners-up trophy, as they ran out easy 2-0 winners in their last game.
THE Sudbury Tigers team were severely impacted by injury and illness and suffered some heavy defeats but all the boys had an upbeat and positive approach to the day.
Fergus Crallan scored four tries with Fraser Felton adding one before having to retire early with an injury.
Sudbury Reds 5 Ipswich 7
Sudbury Reds 5
Colchester Roundheads 2
Plate semi-final: Sudbury Blues 3
Sudbury Reds 1
FOUR tries were scored by George Derbyshire and one from Tom Ryan in the opening game.
Sudbury Reds produced a storming team performance in the next. Tom Ryan (2), Ollie Harper, Jack Christie and Arthur Burns set up an all-Sudbury plate semi-final clash.
In a very tight first half, only an Ezra Roper try for the Blues separated the teams. Noah Gardener-Hertz doubled the lead before the Reds hit back through George Derbyshire to set up a tense finale.
Ezra Roper finished what he started and the Blues came through.
Sudbury Blues 8 Ipswich II 2
Sudbury Blues 4
Bishop’s Stortford 6
Sudbury Blues 6 Colchester II 4
Plate final: Sudbury Blues 3 Stowmarket 3
THE Blues fought their way through tough competition to share the plate at the Colchester Festival.
LEO Sarbutts scored with the first play of the game, and Will Bettley (2), Evan Brown (3) and Noah Gardener-Hertz (2) adding to the score.
Tries from Leo Sarbutts, Hamish Irvine, Noah Gardener-Hertz and Elliott Blair-Slater provided a decent return against an excellent team in the next match, while a slow start against Colchester was reversed by Gilbert Keitley-Webb (2), Ed Hughes, Ezra Roper (2) and Noah Gardener-Hertz to set up the Sudbury semi-final derby.
The plate final went back and forth in a frenetic, committed, high quality game. Ezra Roper struck twice, with Hamish Irvine also touching down, but with a minute to go Stowmarket equalised and the trophy was shared.