Wise words help inspire cup success

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A few well-chosen words at the interval from coach Graham Richards made sure Sudbury were focused and upped their game to bring the Suffolk Cup back to the rugby club for the first time in 15 years, beating Ipswich YM 38-27 on home turf on Saturday.

“With cup finals it’s not how you play, it’s if you win the game,” said Richards. “I am just delighted for the rugby club and for this group of youngsters. I am highly critical of them, and I’m very hard on them. But well done to them.”

Richards, who previously coached at Ipswich YM, said: “We didn’t play as well as we have in recent weeks, but YM came out with nothing to lose. They fought to the end. When we thought we were running away with it a little bit they came back.

“We are very young and made mistakes in the first half. Thankfully they followed instructions in the second half.

“We got the early score we needed, and kept play in their territory, and eventually pressure creates points.

“It was all about pressure, keeping possession of the ball. I don’t think there was any doubt when we were ahead that we were going to win it. I’m very pleased for the club.”

nFrazer Beckett suffered a serious knee injury, a medial ligament tear, soon after the start of Eastern Counties’ RFU National Under-20s Championship quarter-final at Sudbury on Sunday. Counties were beaten 42-5 by Northumberland.

Beckett played in the second half of Saturday’s Cup game, but lasted just eight minutes on Sunday. He is having treatment at Loughborough University after seeing a physio there yesterday.

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