Champions bid to end season with free-flowing game
Sudbury director of rugby Graham Richards is aiming to go out an a high at Whittome Field on Saturday (3pm), when the London League Division Three North East champions take on West Norfolk, who are battling for the second promotion spot.
Sudbury, after an unbeaten run of 20 league games, went down 57-24 at Lowestoft and Yarmouth two weeks ago, their first defeat of the season, one week after clinching the title, their first since 1993.
And Richards has said he is looking for a good display in their final league game.
“I’m not going to close things down to make it difficult for West Norfolk,” he said. “We will play as we have all season, so hopefully it should be an exciting and free flowing game.”
West Norfolk are battling it out with Cantabrigian, who host Lowestoft and Yarmouth on Saturday, to join Sudbury in next season. Both are level on points, but Cantabs have the better points difference.
Dan Cracknell, Scott Harries, Ethan Wright and George Murray are set to return, and Austin Beckett will be on from the start, which will give Richards the chance to rest some of the club’s Colts, who have an Eastern Counties Colts Cup semi-final at Bury a week later.