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Sat 06
1st XV
Old Priorians


By don reekie
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Sudbury secured their slot in London One North next year with a win in what was an entertaining game of rugby at Whittome Field on Saturday.
After three lack-lustre performances in recent weeks Sudbury needed to perform well to have any chance of survival and they did just that. Sudbury kicked off down the slope and with the wind and attacked from the whistle. And soon gained a penalty lineout eight metres from the Priors line, a knock on gave the visitors the scrum but Sudbury pushed them back and disrupted play but Priorians shipped the ball swiftly through the backs with some neat ball skills to take play into the Sudbury twenty two, a pattern of play they would utilise throughout the afternoon. A kickable penalty gave the visitors the lead. Sudbury replied with a try as Harry Maile broke and a quick pass inside then back out put Jake Sumner over the line with ten minutes on the clock.
Sudbury spent much of the next twenty minutes defending manfully, at one point the blues drove the visitors back twenty metres even though they retained possession of the ball, but eventually a missed tackle let McIntosh through for the try. More good ball handling from Priorians kept them in the Sudbury half and Wellings scored from a move off the scrum in the Sudbury twenty two on the half hour. Sudbury were still looking dangerous whilst in possession and for the next ten minutes took control of the game, a lineout in the twenty two saw the Sudbury backs combine to get the ball right across the park for Harry Maile to finish. Sudbury pressurised for the last few minutes but failed improve the score.
If the first half had been edged by Priorians the second half was Sudbury’s’, they did not get it all their own way as Priorians never gave up but did show signs of frustration as they were forced to defend for much of the half. Jack Dachtler scored after nine minutes of the second half after a penalty line in the Priors twenty two with a Summers conversion. From the restart Sudbury scored again with a kick ahead and chase by Shaun Smith and finish by Jonny Taylor.
An intercepted pass by Booth gave Priors a boost as he ran in unopposed to keep them in touch, they retook the lead when Sudbury gave away twenty metres for backchat putting the penalty within kicking distance and McIntosh obliged and the visitors were back in the game. The teams then exchanged penalties but for the last ten minutes Sudbury wound up the pressure. Man of the match, Harry Maile made metres every time he had ball in hand, Charles Jackson scored wide on the right and from the restart Sudbury ran the ball back deep into the Priorians twenty two for Smith to put the finishing touches to the move, again wide on the right.
Priorians made one last big effort in the last few minutes but brilliant defending by the Blues prevented any breach of their line to bring a highly competitive and entertaining game to an end.
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Match date

Sat 06, Apr 2019




London 1 North

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Old Priorians