Strugglers are no match for Sudbury

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Jake Thurlow scored Sudbury's seventh try at Campion on Saturday
SEVENTH HEAVEN: Jake Thurlow scored Sudbury's seventh try at Campion on Saturday

LONDON LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO

NORTH EAST

Campion 0 Sudbury 48

Sudbury bounced back in style from defeat the previous week to comfortably beat struggling Campion on Saturday.

Sudbury dominated the game, even in the scrum which has not been their forte, from the off. In the first half Sudbury played down the hill and used the strong breeze to great effect to ensure most of the play was conducted in the Campion half.

Sudbury kicked off deep into the host’s half, and from the first scrum it was obvious that they were not going to be troubled by the Campion pack when they were able to push the themback at will.

Campion were competing at the breakdown, but the first ten minutes was all Sudbury, and the first points came when Harry Maile crossed the line after a breakdown on the halfway and then quick hands through the backs wide to the left.

Chris Lewis converted, and from the restart Sudbury followed up the kick to drive forward and score again through Sam Rust for a second converted try. Effective use of the wind kept Campion under pressure and a scrum on the five-metre line saw Sudbury push the Campion pack back for No. 8 Justin Burton to touch down.

Another penalty lineout gave Sudbury possession and the forwards drove for Sam Conning to take the score to 24-0. The final score of the first half came when Maile pounced on the loose ball when Campion knocked on and ran in under the posts.

Playing up the hill and into the wind Sudbury changed their tactics for the second half and kept the ball in hand to pick and drive up the field. A five-metre scrum after five minutes of play saw the Blues make two swift passes from the base of the scrum to the left wing to score.

The conditions slowed the Sudbury scoring rate down but they remained in control, and Campion lost three players to the bin during the second period as they desperately defended their lines.

Jake Thurlow scored midway through the half, again from a penalty lineout and the catch and drive of the maul. Again from the restart Sudbury ran straight back at their hosts, and a high tackle produced another penalty kick for touch and a score from Tom Summers.

Eight tries from both forwards and backs and four conversions by Lewis gave Sudbury an easy win, but Campion worked hard to stay in the game and once again the Sudbury defence held firm for a clean sheet.