THREE NORTH EAST
Sudbury 19 Norwich 25
Sudbury captain Tom Summers is confident his side can beat the drop, even after a fourth consecutive league defeat at home to Norwich.
Although they gave a spirited display against their table topping opponents, Sudbury finally succumbed to the visitors’ second-half dominance as they ran out narrow winners, plunging the hosts further away from London Three North East survival.
Despite currently sitting from safety, having played a game more than ninth placed Wisbech, Summers is confident the club have enough ability to avoid relegation come the end of the season.
“We were a little bit gutted about the result but on a positive note we gained a bonus point and that could prove vital,” he said.
“We played really well but in the second-half we didn’t stick to our game plan and we were punished.
“There are definitely positives to take from the game and we definitely still have a chance of surviving.
“We are in a dogfight but everyone is still confident. I believe we certainly have the ability to avoid relegation,” said Summers.
“The week off will give us a chance to reflect on what has been going wrong and hopefully we will come back stronger to turn things around.”
Sudbury opened the scoring through Shaun Smith after 15 minutes of sustained occupation of the Norwich half, wide on the right.
Sudbury were enjoying more success in the scrum than they have for many weeks which was giving a better platform to work from. Richard Lorking then put Mark Bolton clear to score from a scrum in the 22, again converted by Summers.
The last five minutes of the half saw Norwich pick their game up and from a charge down and two kicks of the loose ball they scrambled over to score and convert.
Norwich started the second half with a try from a scrum and two phases of play with two minutes on the clock.
Sudbury seemed to have lost the momentum they had and were now playing on the back foot.
Norwich kicked a penalty and then opted for a scrum when awarded a penalty in the Sudbury 22.
Sterling defence from Sudbury saw them repel three waves of attack but eventually the pressure told as Norwich found the gap to crash over under the posts.
A further penalty from the visitors took the score to 19-25.
Sudbury rallied in the last five minutes but it was too late, leaving them to now concentrate on another tough game away at Cantabrigian in two weeks.