Suds spread Christmas cheer at Whittome Field

Rugby - Sudbury (blue) v Canvey Island. Sudbury player  scores their second try
Rugby - Sudbury (blue) v Canvey Island. Sudbury player scores their second try

A large crowd enjoyed the club’s Christmas dinner before being treated to an 11-try extravaganza at Sudbury in London Three North East on Saturday.

Sudbury got back to winning ways in style at the expense of hapless Canvey Island, who remain without a league win this season.

Canvey put up a spirited fight in the first half and were only 17-10 down at half-time, and still in the game, but they never really looked like troubling Sudbury at any point.

Canvey kicked off up the hill, immediately were awarded a penalty on the Sudbury 22-metre line and took a three-point lead after only one phase of play.

The visitors had a man binned for a trip after three minutes and Sudbury immediately pressurised the line.

A scrum midway in the 22-metre area secured the ball for the Blues and Toby White ran in the first of his three tries.

Tom Murray followed shortly after and Sudbury were beginning to look in command.

The home side crossed the try line again, but knocked on as they touched down and the visitors were able to clear their lines and hold them at bay.

An intercepted pass by the Canvey 10 Edwards gave them their first try after half an hour.

Sudbury finished the half with a forwards try from a penalty lineout five metres out, with Jon Coone claiming the points to end the half.

Sudbury started the second period well with Tom Summers scoring from a lineout and a move through the backs into space.

Frazer Beckett made a darting run from the centre of the park to score under the posts for the first of his two tries and Canvey were beginning to crumble.

Scores were now coming at regular intervals. White got his second and Russell Hume joined the growing list on the scoresheet.

Canvey scored a second interception try as Sudbury threw the ball about to move the ball wide, but Beckett replied with his second and White his third.

A very weary Canvey were under the cosh and the Sudbury forwards were now getting in on the act with hooker Dan Cracknell scoring from close range and a further try as the forwards powered over to finish the game.

But Summers did not have his kicking boots on this week or the gap would have been greater.

Hadleigh are the next visitors to Whittome Field, travelling for Saturday’s Suffolk Cup tie (3pm).