LONDON LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH EAST
Sudbury 27 Holt 15
Sudbury sit in third place after four games and four wins, with another good display of team rugby producing a bonus point win to extend their run.
Sudbury kicked off up the hill and regained possession at the first breakdown but knocked on to give Holt the first scrum.
They pushed the scrum back to disrupt the visitors, who knocked on themselves.
Sudbury controlled the first 10 minutes of the game, narrowly missing a couple of scoring chances.
Eventually, from a lineout thrown to the back, Jake Thurlow punched through to score, and Tom Summers added the extra two points after 11 minutes of play.
From the restart Holt got deep into the Sudbury half and shipped the ball from one side of the park to the other to touch down.
Sudbury continued to play open rugby and enjoyed most of the possession, but Holt defended well until Shaun Smith scored after six phases of play with a burst down the wing.
Holt had a man binned at the start of the second half as they defended their line from the restart for a foul in the red zone.
Sudbury kicked for touch and then drove the maul over for Justin Burton to complete the move.
The game continued mainly in the Holt half and after a quarter of an hour Sudbury secured another penalty lineout in the Holt 22, Currie took the ball cleanly at the front of the line and the maul rolled forward.
It stalled on the line and the ball was released to Colin Humphreys who kicked a rare drop goal, probably the first for the first team at Whittome Field.
Holt scored after 35 minutes of play when they broke the Sudbury defence, having gained ground from the restart kick.
Sudbury replied immediately and Thurlow scored when he pounced on the loose ball and chipped ahead twice and outran the defender, to score and give Sudbury the all-important bonus point.
Holt scored on the final whistle, but it was not enough secure a losing bonus.
In each game so far this season defence has been key to the Sudbury success, and the statistics show that Sudbury have had the least amount of points scored against them in the entire league.
n Sudbury II lost 23-21 at Harwich and Dovercourt in Greene King Eastern Counties League Division Two South.
n Sudbury’s third team enjoyed an 82-10 victory over Hadleigh II at Whittome Field in Division Four South.