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1st XV - Match centre

Saffron Walden
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time



Sudbury ended their season on a high by convincingly beating Saffron Walden at home on Saturday.
Perhaps spurred on by the large crowd or the training session with Eddie Jones the previous evening they put on a good display of rugby to conclude the season.
Playing up the slope in perfect conditions Sudbury took the first set piece of the game and then took the second scrum in the Walden half and broke wide right, for Frazer Beckett to finish the move under the posts after five minutes of play, Chris Lewis added the extra two for an early lead.
Walden replied five minutes later, having taken a quick tap penalty and used their hand speed to create space to score wide. Sudbury was disrupting the visitor’s scrums but Walden were having more success in the line with both teams using their speed to open up their attacking moves.
Charles Jackson put in a sprint down the wing to regain the lead from a scrum on the left and quick hands to move the ball right after twenty five minutes. Good defence by Sudbury ended any moves by Walden and extended their lead from a scrum ten metres out Jake Thurlow picked up and the maul rolled over the line with Shaun Smith on the bottom of the heap, Summers adding the extras.
Sudbury missed the opportunity to extend the lead with a penalty kick just on half time but enjoyed a twelve point lead at the break.
Sudbury were now beginning to take control of the game and from a scrum midway in the Walden half the ball initially went right then was switched left, wide to Jonny Taylor to cross the line for the bonus point try.
A scrum in the Sudbury twenty two saw Walden go through three phases of play to score and convert. Sudbury brought on their replacements but the opposition scored again when missed tackles let them through. Sudbury kept the pace of the game high and the pressure on for the last fifteen minutes of the game, Tom Summers kicked a penalty from the middle of the park and a second from the twenty two when Walden deliberately killed the ball as Sudbury attacked and received a yellow for their troubles. Sudbury were now able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon, Tommo Barry made a good break, finished off by Beckett. From the restart Smith took play back to the Walden five line but was held up, they kicked for relief only to have Taylor to run straight back through the defence to score. With time running out Sudbury kept up the pressure but Saffron Walden competed to the end and prevented any further score.
Although the forwards did not get much of the glory this week a solid performance by the pack ensured possession at the set pieces and at the breakdown and allowed the backs to use that possession to advantage. A good all round performance to finish the season.

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Saffron Walden 26 55
9. Old Priorians 26 51
10. Letchworth Garden City 25 50
11. Fullerians 25 49
12. Sudbury 25 28
13. Chelmsford 26 24
14. Barking 25 13


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