LONDON LEAGUE DIVISION THREE NORTH EAST: Clacton 7 Sudbury 69: Sudbury made it three wins out of three with an emphatic victory away at Clacton on Saturday, running in 11 tries, nine coming in the second half.
Clacton were stunned by the speed and agility of the youthful side as, for the second week running, the opposition ran out of steam in the second half and were unable to compete with the Sudbury work rate.
The heavy, dogged but slow Clacton pack initially frustrated Sudbury’s efforts and pressurised the Sudbury 22, and an early penalty kick in front of the posts was missed by the home side.
Sudbury’s defence held firm against the initial onslaught, and were first to score when, from a penalty lineout in the Clacton 22, Sudbury drove the maul and Will Levett broke to touch down.
Nick Atkinson was the next to score, punching through the defence on the 22 after 25 minutes, but the turning point in the game came on the half-hour when an already slowing Clacton had a man dismissed for stamping and the writing was on the wall.
The second half was all Sudbury. From the off, the backs shipped the ball wide and Clacton were stretched. Toby White and Shaun Smith combined to give a master class in back play, passing back and forth at speed to negotiate the defence, for Smith to touch down.
They were to repeat this move several times nearly always resulting in a score.
Johnny Taylor was next on the score sheet with a fine run from the Sudbury five-metre line after possession had been turned over at the breakdown, and then he scored again with a short dash as hand speed left the Clacton defence standing.
Two tries from Toby White, a second from Atkinson and a second from Levett added to the total, but then Sudbury took their eye off the ball and Clacton managed to score from close range.
Not to be outdone, Sudbury ran in two more tries in the last two minutes to give Atkinson and Levett their hat-tricks.
Captain Tom Summers had a good day with the boot, and Sudbury are the highest points scorers in the division and the team with least points scored against them.
A special mention goes to Henry Cowling who was eligible to play following his 17th birthday, and who did not look out of place in the side and made a positive contribution to the game.
Sudbury have no game this weekend, but host Billericay the following Saturday.