Sudbury’s play-off moved to this weekend

TEAM SPIRIT: Sudbury Rugby Club players and staff pictured on England head coach Eddie Jones' visit at the end of last season. The players are now having to try and re-arrange plans to free themselves up for a change in their play-off match  Picture: Don Reekie
TEAM SPIRIT: Sudbury Rugby Club players and staff pictured on England head coach Eddie Jones' visit at the end of last season. The players are now having to try and re-arrange plans to free themselves up for a change in their play-off match Picture: Don Reekie

Sudbury Rugby Club will now play their promotion play-off a week earlier than they had been led to believe - after their opponents changed following a points deduction made after the weekend’s matches.

Ben Scully’s side had gone into Saturday’s last London League Two North East game knowing only a win over undefeated champions Rochford Hundred would guarantee them a home play-off, on a date they had been told had been moved from Saturday, April 21 to 28, due to Harpenden having an event on the original date.

Sudbury went on to lose their final league match 31-17, and believed Harpenden’s 39-31 win over Hampstead, which saw them end the day in second place in London 2NW, would mean they would travel to them for the promotion play-off on April 28.

But the league have confirmed they mistakenly awarded Harpenden six points, instead of five, for a match back in February, meaning that, once it was taken off, they finished level on points with Hampstead, but below them after matches lost were taken into account.

It means that Sudbury will now travel to Hampstead, in north London, and the league have said that Harpenden’s withdrawal from the play-off picture means they now want the game reverted to the original date on Saturday, April 21 (3pm).

It is understood some Sudbury players had begun to make other arrangements, thinking they had a free weekend.

* For a full preview to Saturday’s play-off game, see Thursday’s print edition.