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St Joseph’s College in Ipswich have reached the quarter-finals of the RFU National Cup after seeing off Wimbledon College 18-14 in a tense regional final.

Suffolk Cup
Ipswich YM 5 Stowmarket 24

Bury St Edmunds, just two points off the top five after last weekend’s resounding 39-25 victory over Barnstaple, will hope to end a four-game losing streak on the road, at National League Two South basement dwellers Wimbledon this afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

A former Suffolk school pupil has been called up to represent England’s under-20s team in two major international competitions.

NC East 1

Bury Foxes 59

Chelmsford 0

Bury Foxes welcomed Chelmsford to the Haberden for a game of end-to-end rugby.

London 2 North

Wanstead 27

Ipswich 5

The Black and Golds of Ipswich fought hard throughout the match against second-placed Wanstead, eventually losing by something of a distance, with the Herons sealing their victory with two injury time tries.

Eastern Counties One

Sudbury Talbots 29

Ipswich YM 11

Top of the table YM’s 100% record came to a crashing end on a windy, raw afternoon at Sudbury, beaten by a more complete, well-organised and determined side, writes Debbie Taylor.

London 3 Eastern Counties

Thetford 34

Woodbridge Warriors 8

This mid–table clash didn’t disappoint, as both sides started energetically.

London 3 Eastern Counties

Southwold 62

Crusaders 17

This was a clear battle between the exuberant youth and pace of joint-top Southwold and the canny experience of the older and bigger Crusader team, who put Wold under great pressure several times in the game, writes David Vaughan.

London One North

Brentwood 31 Colchester 17

National League Two South

Bury St Edmunds 39

Barnstaple 25

Bury got back to winning ways after a disappointing performance last week, with five tries in their bonus point win over Barnstaple.

ury St Edmunds’ head coach, Ollie Smith, is appealing for the “right attitude” from his team going into today’s National League Two South home fixture against Barnstaple (3pm).

Chelmsford’s 1st XV faced Cantabrigians, another side facing the drop, for the second time this season having lost to them at home in 2017, writes Annie Coulson.

Eastern Counties One

Ipswich Magpies 24

Ipswich YM 32

A dull, cold, dank afternoon at Humber Doucy Lane hosted a game of rugby as grey as the weather, writes Debbie Taylor.

London Two North

Sudbury 47

Wanstead 17

Sudbury started 2018 with a superb home win against Wanstead, a side who had beaten them earlier in the season, writes Don Reekie.

London 3 East

Woodbridge Warriors 19

West Norfolk 30

A late Woodbridge charge was too late, as the points went back across the border, writes Simon Ballard.

London 3 East

Wymondham 7

Southwold 26

Southwold kept touch with Stowmarket at the top of the league with a confident win on the road in Norfolk, writes David Vaughan.

London One North

Colchester 107

Saffron Walden 7

Colchester ran up the highest score by any team in the league this season with a crushing win over Saffron Walden.

Old Redcliffians 24 Bury St Edmunds 14

The biggest fear for Ollie Smith, Bury St Edmunds’ head coach, is that his side’s “under-estimates” the difficulty of their next three fixtures, all of whom are against teams in the lower half of the National League Two South table.

National League Two South

Bury St Edmunds 44

Broadstreet 15

Three late tries flattered a strangely below par Bury St Edmunds as they laboured to victory over an enterprising Broadstreet, writes Simon Lord.

Encouraging signs but room for improvement - that’s head coach Ollie Smith’s assessment of his Bury side at the halfway point of the season.

Eastern Counties 1

Ipswich YM 20

Hadleigh 11

This top of the table clash, which confirmed Ipswich YM’s position as best in the league – at least of this first phase of the league season – rarely managed to hit any heights, writes Debbie Taylor.

London 3 East

Southwold 56

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 0

When scrums are uncontested from the start of the game it does not make for a great spectacle and that was the case in this dire affair, writes David Vaughan.

London 2 North

Ipswich 19

Sudbury 53

Sudbury picked themselves up from last week’s hiccup and put on another good display of running rugby at Ipswich, writes Don Reekie.

Chelmsford’s first team faced Rochford Hundred for the second time this season at the weekend and they brought high hopes and an optimistic outlook to the game, writes Annie Coulson.

London 3 East

Stowmarket 26

Woodbridge Warriors 5

Stowmarket, joint league leaders, started with intent – their pack pushed the visitors back and scrum half Jo Fifield shot quick passes to hooker Jake Squirrell and the forwards to charge on to, writes Simon Ballard.

NATIONAL LEAGUE 2

Cinderford 45 Bury 27

Bury St Edmunds, so unlucky to lose by just three points at the hands of National League South leaders Chinnor last weekend, will relish the chance to pit their wits against second-placed Cinderford at Dockham Road this afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm).

Five players from the region’s top rugby club have been called up for international squads, writes Becky Haywood.

London 1 North

Diss 22

Amersham and Chiltern 22

Diss produced a performance that yet again highlighted the fact that when playing at their best they can compete with the most accomplished sides in the league, writes Sam Spurdens.

The Chelmsford first team was the only one from the club in action over the weekend as matches were called off left right and centre due to frozen pitches and the Sunday snow, writes Annie Coulson.

London 2 North

Epping & Upper Clapton 36

Sudbury 31

Sudbury had their good run of wins ended at Epping, writes Don Reekie.

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