Richards: Players are itching to get the job done

IN THEIR HANDS: Sudbury kicker Chris Lewis will be aiming to get more points on the board this weekend
IN THEIR HANDS: Sudbury kicker Chris Lewis will be aiming to get more points on the board this weekend

Graham Richards says his Sudbury rugby players are chomping at the bit to deliver the title and promotion in front of their home fans.

The London Three North East leaders host Beccles at Whittome Field on Saturday (3pm) needing just four points to end a five-year absence from level seven in the national rugby union ladder.

Director of rugby Richards is hoping his side can get over the line this weekend, and as a result secure the league title with two games to spare.

Sudbury only require one more win, without the need of a bonus point, to seal both prizes on Saturday and with it a return to London Two North East next season.

“The club hasn’t had the best of it over recent years, so to get promoted into a higher division would be great,” said Richards.

Sudbury head into the crunch game in imperious form, with the 34-28 win at promotion rivals Cantabrigian last time out stretching their unbeaten league campaign to 19 matches.

And having had two weeks since that away victory to prepare for Beccles, Richards admitted his players are itching to get the job done this weekend.

“Everyone is keen for the game,” he said. “The preparation has been the same as every week but it’s a bit different now with the prize ahead of us.

“We had a good training session last night (Tuesday).

“There’s a keenness to everything but there is bound to be.

“The club hasn’t been in this position for a few years, so hopefully we can get a decent crowd on Saturday and deliver on the day.”

Sudbury will assess the fitness of lock Andy Currie tonight, while winger Austin Beckett will start on the bench.

The 19-year-old has been rested by Richards ahead of a trial for the London League Under-20s side on Sunday, but is expected to feature at some point during what could be a memorable afternoon at Whittome Field.