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Ruislip
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1st XV
GOOD WIN TO START THE SEASON

GOOD WIN TO START THE SEASON

By don reekie
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ALL IMPORTANT BONUS POINT WIN


Sudbury got a flying start to their league campaign when they travelled to Ruislip on Saturday coming away with a convincing win and the, all important, bonus point.
Sudbury kicked off in good rugby conditions and immediately took play into the Ruislip half and the backs attacked with Shaun Smith taken into touch metres short of the line, the blues poached the Ruislip lineout and shipped the ball cross field for Jonny Taylor to cross the line after two minutes of play.
The home side were awarded a penalty 30 metres out and opted to kick which gave them their first points but the Sudbury backs were using the width of the pitch to maintain the pressure and Smith crossed the line.
Sudbury were enjoying the lion’s share of the possession and were disrupting the opponent’s lineout, in the scrums they were causing someproblems but were not dominating, just taking their own ball cleanly. Dan Harding was next to score under the posts with his first try for the club with another good backs move and a couple of missed tackles from the home side.
The bonus point came on the half hour through Jake Sumner with a darting run but Ruislip were still looking dangerous with ball in hand and were beginning to shorten their game to let the big boys do the work. Sam Maile added to the Sudbury total but Ruislip rallied just before half time and forced Sudbury to defend for the first time in the match, the pick and drive through several phases saw the forwards cross the line for the first time in the match to give a half time score of 8-29.
Ruislip started the second half in the same vein and the forwards soon scored again after six phases of play but the Sudbury forwards replied with a try of their own, Harry Watkins claiming the points. Committed defence from Sudbury frustrated the Ruislip attack but Sudbury was inevitably being penalized for being offside in their efforts at the breakdown. From a penalty lineout the Ruislip forwards used three phases to cross the line again and Sudbury looked a little rattled, Sudbury used a couple of their replacements and fresh legs brought new impetus, Maile crossed for second try and Charles Jackson touched down after a break by Smith with ten minutes to play.
Ruislip were not done when from a breakdown on the centre line the centre picked up and showed a clean pair of heels to everyone on the pitch.
Sudbury got the last word, again with a good backs move, for Smith to cross the stripe.
Three conversions by Tom Summers helped the total but an injury to Fraser Beckett that could see him out for a while, took the edge off what was a great start to the season.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 01, Sep 2018

Kickoff

TBC

Competition

London 1 North

League position

12
Ruislip
14
Sudbury