Colts crowned champions after emphatic victory

CHAMPIONS: Hadleigh Under-7s who won the Good Skills Training Cup at the club's inaugural Tag Tournament
CHAMPIONS: Hadleigh Under-7s who won the Good Skills Training Cup at the club's inaugural Tag Tournament

In our match of the week, Sudbury Colts were crowned Essex League Division One champions following a 48-0 win at Old Cooperians.

With victories over Burnham (36-19), Chingford (24-14) and Westcliffe (7-5) already secured, Colts started brightly and opened the scoring after four minutes with Ed Bradbury crashing and Tom Clark converting, before Freddie Cox found Will Levett to go over for an unconverted try shortly after.

Sudbury refused to rest on their laurels with Levett grabbing his second try, quickly followed by Dan Keen also getting on the scoresheet, both converted by Clark, to take the score to 24-0.

Clark kicked a simple penalty before a flowing move consisting of five phases of passing between Harry Maile and scrum-half Joe Heighs released Whelan to crash over, again duly converted by Clark for a 36-0 lead at the interval.

There was no let-up after the break and, within seven minutes of the restart, Sudbury added to their advantage as Levett clinched his hat-trick try with Clark once again kicking the extras.

Another free-flowing move saw Heighs add an unconverted try to wrap up the scoring and seal not only an impressive win, but the Division One title in style.

n Hadleigh Rugby Club hosted their inaugural Tag Tournament for under-7s and under-8s on Sunday.

The event consisted of 350 children from 14 Clubs from Suffolk and Essex taking part with three trophies to be won in each age group, the Cup, Shield and Plate, with medals for every child who took part in the event.

Ian Bodsworth, managing director of main sponsors Good Skills Training presented the Cup to under-7s champions Hadleigh and under-8s champions Colchester.

n Sam Cantelo scored two of Hadleigh Under-15s’ three tries in their excellent 15-5 Suffolk Cup win at Bury St Edmunds last Sunday.

In the final round of the cup, Hadleigh made their 
superiority count in the 22nd minute when full-back Sam Hindley showed great evasive skills and pace to open the scoring for the visitors.

It sparked Bury into life, with the home side making it all square at 5-5 by the break.

The second half was more even in terms of possession and territory with Cantelo breaking scoring twice in quick succession to seal a memorable win in which their character and tenacity shone through.

n Hadleigh Under-13s capped an historic Suffolk Cup campaign in Bury St Edmunds by becoming the first side from the market town to lift the trophy with a 100 per cent record last Sunday.

Against Bury, Hadleigh, who had seen off Colchester and Woodbridge, needed at least a draw, but were 8-0 ahead at half-time.

In the second half, Hadleigh found their rhythm and produced two stunning tries from Toyo Ungelesi and Dan Squirrell, with a conversion from Jake Marston to give them 12 points, with their opponents unable to break through their resilient defence.

Hadleigh march on into the Eastern Counties Cup on March 23.