On course for terrific treble haul
Sudbury under-14s hosted, and beat, teams from Cambridge and West Norfolk in a triangular competition to decide the winners of the Eastern Counties RFU Plate.
The format was shortened matches of 25 minutes, so a quick start with incisive attacking and strong defence would be key. Sudbury faced Cambridge, but were caught out as the visitors scored two unconverted tries. This stirred Sudbury into action, and they replied with four tries to win 24-10.
The second match saw West Norfolk beat Cambridge to set up a winner-takes-all final match with Sudbury. The game was played at a ferocious pace from the start, but this time Sudbury were competitive from the off and held a 7-0 lead at half-time.
Early in the second period West levelled, and looked likely to take the match. However Sudbury upped their commitment and determination, and with some fine team rugby scored two more tries to win 19-7.
This is their second piece of silverware, the team having already won the Suffolk Plate. They are currently emulating the seniors, being undefeated in Essex Youth League 2 with only three matches to play, and are bidding for a hat-trick.
n Sudbury Minis had a terrific day at the recent Ipswich YM RUFC Mini Festival. There were two teams for each age group between under-7 and under-11 age and one for under-12.
The Sudbury squads played sides from other invited clubs: Ipswich YM, Woodbridge, Colchester, North Walsham, Southwold, Hadleigh and Bury St Edmunds.
In the under-8 pool there were six sides and some exhilarating and determined rugby played throughout the day.
Sudbury under-8s came away with much deserved silverware with the development side coming second and the A side coming third. All players were presented with a medal.
n Four Sudbury players - William Ponty, Jasper Boydell, Mike Keene and Chris Lewis - were in the Eastern Counties under-17s team which beat Middlesex 45-12 on Sunday.