Sudbury 50 Stowmarket 17
Sudbury made light work of a Stowmarket side who had amassed 92 points against Old Brentwoods, with Shaun Smith claiming a hat-trick.
From the kick-off it was end-to-end with two sides playing fast open rugby and within three minutes the visitors had scored wide on the wing through Lief Bjornson after a scrum and lineout inside the Sudbury 22-metre line.
Will Levett replied for Sudbury with a fine run, which was converted by Tom Summers after six minutes of play.
Stowmarket attacked from the restart and moved the ball about in the backs, eventually stretching the Sudbury defence to score their second try of the match.
George Murray scored for Sudbury and it was proving to be a closely-matched end-to-end contest.
After 20 minutes, Sudbury started to get the upper hand and while the set pieces were evenly contested throughout the game, the backs were creating a little more space from the breakdowns.
Summers was next to score, converting his own try.
Johnny Taylor scored wide on the left after being tackled just short of the line, but momentum carried him over for the points and a bonus point for the home side for the fourth try.
For the second half Sudbury were playing down the hill and with the breeze.
Stowmarket were penalised during the second phase of play from the kick-off and Summers opted to kick with less than a minute on the clock to extend the lead.
Toby White and Smith combined to score two tries, White broke the defence at pace to put Smith clear to score, and then a deft cross-field kick by White put the ball behind the defence for Smith to run on to and again score, to take the score to 43-10.
Although Sudbury were in control, Stowmarket had not given up and still looked dangerous with ball in hand, but the defence remained firm and frustrated Stowmarket’s efforts.
Smith completed the Sudbury score with another try from a well-worked backs move off the back of a scrum in the Stowmarket 22 and Summers kicked the extra points to reach the half-century.
It was a great day for the backs, but it must be said the forwards won possession at the breakdown and provided a stable platform to operate from.
Stowmarket were to have the last word when Bjornson scored with the final play of the game to finish what was a very entertaining game of rugby for the neutrals, and a great day at the office for Sudbury.