Unbeaten run at an end as Lowestoft thrash Sudbury
LONDON LEAGUE 3NE
Lowestoft and Yarmouth 57
Sudbury lost their unbeaten record in spectacular style on Saturday when they were comprehensively beaten at Gunton Park.
Perhaps the knowledge that they had already won the league had an effect on the team but they did not look the side that had been so impregnable all season, winning 19 and drawing one of the previous games.
Sudbury kicked off into a stiff crosswind and the home side immediately used their bulk to drive back into the Sudbury 22.
It was immediately evident that Sudbury would struggle in the scrums, and when the home side were awarded a penalty deep in the Sudbury half they opted for the scrum and easily pushed Sudbury off the ball.
Their scrum half picked up from the base and dived over with six minutes played, Bearid converted for a seven point lead.
When Sudbury did get into the home 22, Lowestoft were prepared to spoil and give away penalties, but persistence paid off and Shaun Smith scored wide on the right after a number of tap penalties and a crossfield move, Chris Lewis added the conversion.
Sudbury continued to let Lowestoft control the pace of the game and continued to run at the big boys where there was no way through.
The Lowestoft forwards were controlling possession and only releasing the ball when they had committed the Sudbury defence. They used full back Bearid, who was the danger man, and the score crept up to 31-7 by half time.
The second half did not start well for Sudbury with another try from after one minute, but an intercepted pass midway in his own half put Matt Johnston clear for a fine solo run to score after six minutes.
Lowestoft scored again after a period of pressure in the Sudbury 22 and several phases of play from short range to bring up the 50 points.
Sudbury brought Austin Beckett off the bench but were having difficulty in getting the ball out wide, but when they did his pace broke the defence and he scored to leave Lewis an easy conversion.
Shaun Smith got a second try in the last few minutes of the game to give Sudbury a bonus point, but it was Lowestoft who finished a good day for them with a pushover try.
Sudbury have another big game at home on the last day of the season, April 11, when they play third-placed West Norfolk the result of which could decide who is promoted with them.
n The Rugby World Cup tour comes to Suffolk and Essex on August 11, when the trophy will visit Lowestoft and Yarmouth, Ipswich, and Colchester. The competition starts on September 18.