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Richards: Let’s show them we are invincible

CONFIDENT MOOD: Graham Richards
CONFIDENT MOOD: Graham Richards

Graham Richards believes his unbeaten Sudbury rugby side can use the invincibility cloak which has hung to them so far to intimidate Cantabrigian.

An away victory in the top-two London Three North East clash in Cambridge on Saturday (3pm) could all but wrap up the title and promotion for the Whittome Field outfit.

It would also keep them on track for making history by being just three more games away from completing an unbeaten campaign — something director of rugby Richards was prepared to admit is now a target after Saturday’s 27-12 home win over Wanstead.

“Going unbeaten, without any doubt, is something to strive for,” he said, ahead of a game which could see them pull 17 points clear, with a bonus-point win, with their challengers, who have a game in hand, only having 20 left to play for. “It is a cup final on Saturday and we are going away having not lost a game this season.

“They will be worried about us going up there Saturday and we have got to use that to our advantage.”

Sudbury managed to overcome a far stronger pack to win the reverse fixture 15-14, and Richards has spent the week drilling the set pieces to narrow that particular gap.

“We just have to turn up in defence and I am sure if we do that we can create chances,” he said. “Saturday is what everyone has been waiting for, but what I have been refusing to talk about.”

Former England Under-17s winger Austin Beckett, still only 19, made a surprise return to the club from National League side Cambridge in time to make a try-scoring return on Saturday, and Sudbury’s chief hopes his quality can be the extra impetus to carry them over the line.

He said: “I am just delighted he decided to come back.”

With an abundance of wingers now, but a lack of centres, Richards admits he has a big selection dilemma on his hands and revealed he will canvass opinion from his captain and senior players before making his decisions.

Prop Pete Dedross (unavailable) will be considered, while number eight George Murray (ankle) is ready to return.

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