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Sudbury/Crusaders
Saffron Walden RFC
Unknown
Tries
O Murphy, F Murray, R Curtis (3), B Longaretti (2), T Powell, C Cansell
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Conversions
A Keys (4)
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Penalties
Sun 7 Oct 11:00 - Friendly Full time

Clean sweep for Walden in 3 Counties fixture at Sudbury

An excellent morning of quality rugby and perfect conditions

Perfect conditions for the lads after the twisty journey across country to Sudbury and the usual warm welcome from a wonderful club. We had arranged a three way match with Sudbury and Crusaders from Norwich, an unknown quantity for us. First up though were the hosts, a game the boys were really looking forward to as we know how good they are. With only a half length game we knew this would be intense and so it, proved to be. We wanted to use some new playing structures which are still on trial, t worked better as the game progressed. We started well and scored in the corner after only 6 minutes, Oisin going over. Although still playing well we upped the risk factor when handling and gave possession away too quickly, leading to a penalty in front of the posts, followed by a converted try to take the score to 5-10 at half time. Although behind, the lads knew they could still win. We had to play with more patience and wait for gaps to appear whilst controlling the ball. the resulting pressure created a gap for Fraser to power through to level the scores. The lineout also improved so we were retaining ball at set piece as well, allowing the team to work up the pitch. Sudbury had a very strong scrum but we were able to hold enough on our own ball to win. After a period of intense pressure Ryan finally stormed over with a conversion from Alex to lead 10-17 and a win for the team. We had defended very well with good line-speed and discipline, converting the pressure into possession and retaining the ball. A really good display against a strong team. Sudbury had threats all over the pitch so defence had to be very well organised to cover this. Well played to all the lads.


After Crusaders had played Sudbury, we played in the final game. With six fresh forwards on we again looked to work hard on the style of game and what an amazing result. the discipline to work so well as a team was fantastic to see, Owen really setting a high example of hard work and positional sense. We dominated all the set pieces and breakdown; Aidan was in the thick of the action with Jack, ball carrying into the defenders with good control and accuracy. This set up the platform for controlling the game and creating space which was ruthlessly taken advantage of. Beau, playing 8, stormed through for two tries with superb lines, Tom rounding off the first half with a classic sniping try from the 9; all converted by Alex for a 21-0 lead. A few changes forced by injury but the team continued in the same style, bossing the breakdown, retaining ball and not allowing Crusaders to play. Ryan blasted through for two more tries from 8, Charlie getting into the action to score the final try for a 36-0 win. Crusaders are relatively new team and played very well against a more seasoned group. they will undoubtedly improve this season so we hope to play them again.

Owen Was MotM in the second game, he really set the tone for positioning, control, accuracy and executing the game plan. This is the grafting hard work which creates opportunities and should rightly be rewarded. An excellent display.

Walden handled the game plan really well, most importantly reacting to each situation and remaining calm. when we lost our way slightly, they reverted to a tighter style which paid off as we retained the ball. Certainly areas to work on but a fantastic morning with flowing rugby and a great work ethic. Well played lads, excellent rugby!


We look forward to hosting Sudbury in early December, it is sure to be a cracking game!

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

6:00
Try Oisin Murphy scores for Saffron Walden RFC
9:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Sudbury/Crusaders
14:00
Try Try for Sudbury/Crusaders
14:00
Conversion Conversion for Sudbury/Crusaders
20:00
Try Fraser Murray scores for Saffron Walden RFC
28:00
Try Ryan Curtis scores for Saffron Walden RFC
28:00
Conversion Alex Keys kicks a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
35:00 +2:00
Conversion Alex Keys kicks a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
37:00
Try Beau Longaretti scores for Saffron Walden RFC
43:00
Try Beau Longaretti scores for Saffron Walden RFC
43:00
Conversion Alex Keys kicks a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
43:00
Conversion Alex Keys kicks a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
45:00
Try Thomas Powell scores for Saffron Walden RFC
50:00
Try Ryan Curtis scores for Saffron Walden RFC
57:00
Try Ryan Curtis scores for Saffron Walden RFC
60:00
Try Charlie Cansell scores for Saffron Walden RFC

Highlights

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60:00 Missed Conversion
Morgan Evans misses a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
60:00 Try 10 - 53
Charlie Cansell scores for Saffron Walden RFC
57:00 Missed Conversion
Morgan Evans misses a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
57:00 Try 10 - 48
Ryan Curtis scores for Saffron Walden RFC
50:00 Missed Conversion
Morgan Evans misses a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
50:00 Try 10 - 43
Ryan Curtis scores for Saffron Walden RFC
45:00 Try 10 - 38
Thomas Powell scores for Saffron Walden RFC
43:00 Try 10 - 29
Beau Longaretti scores for Saffron Walden RFC
43:00 Conversion 10 - 31
Alex Keys kicks a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
43:00 Conversion 10 - 33
Alex Keys kicks a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
37:00 Try 10 - 24
Beau Longaretti scores for Saffron Walden RFC
End of period 1
35:00 +2:00 Conversion 10 - 19
Alex Keys kicks a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
28:00 Try 10 - 17
Ryan Curtis scores for Saffron Walden RFC
28:00 Conversion 10 - 12
Alex Keys kicks a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
20:00 Missed Conversion
Alex Keys misses a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
20:00 Try 10 - 10
Fraser Murray scores for Saffron Walden RFC
14:00 Try 8 - 5
Try for Sudbury/Crusaders
14:00 Conversion 10 - 5
Conversion for Sudbury/Crusaders
9:00 Penalty 3 - 5
Penalty kicked for Sudbury/Crusaders
7:00 Missed Conversion
Alex Keys misses a conversion for Saffron Walden RFC
6:00 Try 0 - 5
Oisin Murphy scores for Saffron Walden RFC
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As it happened

  • Sudbury/Crusaders
  • Saffron Walden RFC
  • 0
  • Oisin Murphy Try 6:00'
  • Penalty 9:00'
  • Try 14:00'
  • Conversion 14:00'
  • Fraser Murray Try 20:00'
  • Ryan Curtis Try 28:00'
  • Alex Keys Conversion 28:00'
  • Alex Keys Conversion 35:00 +2:00'
  • Beau Longaretti Try 37:00'
  • Beau Longaretti Try 43:00'
  • Alex Keys Conversion 43:00'
  • Alex Keys Conversion 43:00'
  • Thomas Powell Try 45:00'
  • Ryan Curtis Try 50:00'
  • Ryan Curtis Try 57:00'
  • Charlie Cansell Try 60:00'

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