Sudbury run riot in emphatic home win

BIG WIN: A Sudbury player runs clear during the morale-boosting 39-7 win over East London
BIG WIN: A Sudbury player runs clear during the morale-boosting 39-7 win over East London



Sudbury 39 East London 7

Graham Richards believes his Sudbury side have more to give, despite watching them run in seven tries against bottom side East London.

Sudbury’s emphatic victory on Saturday saw them move out of the relegation zone, but this weekend they face another big home game when Canvey Island, who could leapfrog them, are the visitors to Whittome Field (3pm).

But head coach Richards sees the game as a perfect opportunity to pull further clear of trouble.

“The players have been pushing themselves in training, we know what we need to do to win,” he said.

Sudbury started Saturday’s match strongly and were soon putting East London under pressure.

From a Sudbury scrum deep inside their opponents’ half, the ball was shipped wide to Ian Moore, who scored after just three minutes.

East London put up some strong defence, but their efforts were not enough to prevent Olly Morgan touching down under the posts.

Paul Chaplin was next to get his name on the scoresheet with a try wide on the left, ending a move in which both forwards and backs combined to get field position.

With a few minutes left before half-time, East London had a stroke of luck when they intercepted a pass on Sudbury’s 10-metre line to run in a try, ending the half 17-7 up.

Sudbury continued their domination in the second half, throwing the ball from side-to-side to create a gap for Richard Lorking to score in the 45th minute.

It was not long before Sudbury were moving the scoreboard along again, Paul Chaplin getting his second try of the game when he powered his way through two defenders.

Moore got his second try of the match in the 70th minute, combining with Lorking to extend Sudbury’s lead.

East London were tiring badly as the game came towards the close, Mark Bolton capitalising on this with a fantastic run from his own 22-metre line, to put the finishing touches on a fine display from Sudbury.

Richards added: “We’re not very happy with the previous results, they were games that we should have won.

“We are a young team with a few old heads who are looking to lead. We are a good team, and on our day we can beat anyone.”