Ipswich’s young guns providing ammunition for club’s promotion quest

Ipswich's Simon Uzokwe runs with Henry Alexander in support

Ipswich's Simon Uzokwe runs with Henry Alexander in support - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Rugby Club skipper Chris Blom has lauded the contributions of some of his team’s young guns, ahead of the London 2 North leaders’ trip to Chelmsford tomorrow.

Spearheaded by the league’s top scorer, eight-try Simon Uzokwe, Ipswich are currently unbeaten as they plot their route to promotion and have proved an uncompromising unit this season, mixing experience with a good blend of youth.

This weekend, Blom’s leadership will be key as his team put their perfect record on the line against a team unbeaten in four, but the South African insists his job will be made easier, thanks in no small part to his younger colleagues.

“It’s so far, so good for us and a big part of our success has been down to our discipline,” said the Ipswich stalwart, who also coaches the under-18s team.

“It’s all about everyone doing their job on the pitch very well and it has been a team effort from 1-18.


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“But we have some players that are making massive impacts, youngsters such as Henry Alexander, five-try Jermaine Watson and Matt Godbold.

“They have developed over the last two seasons and are handling the pressure very well.

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“They are really disciplined and that makes my job easier when I am working with the referee and trying to keep him onside.

“I would say the most-improved player is Jermaine Watson.”

Saturday’s game will see Ipswich head to one of the toughest grounds in London 2 North, Coronation Park, and Blom, pictured, insists how his team play the conditions and the pitch’s slope will have a big bearing on the final outcome.

“It depends on the day how we set about the game,” said Blom, who will contest the toss to see which way his team kick in the first half.

“Chelmsford play the slope well and I like to play the difficult part first (up the slope) against the wind but I like to keep the opposition guessing and make a decision on the day.

“The weather will play a massive part and if we kick down the slope first we can keep the ball in the corner all day long.

“But injuries on the day can change things so we will have to see.”

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