LONDON 3 NORTH - Sudbury 16 Norwich 22
IT was always going to be a tough game on an emotional day for Sudbury, which was attended by family members, including the six-month old son, of Josh Rix, Sudbury’s number 3 for the past five years who passed away on January 12.
Within five minutes Sudbury were awarded a penalty within Tom Summer’s kicking range, who duly started the scoring with three points.
Sudbury received the restart and looked to attack with expansive rugby but their over-enthusiasm allowed for an interception by Norwich who ran from the half way mark to score under the posts which was converted.
For the next 15 minutes, penalties were conceded by both sides and with tempers frayed, both teams had players shown yellow cards for fighting. The game continued in a similar vein which ended with a Sudbury player being sent off, following a red card, for throwing a punch.
After losing count of the amount of penalties from both sides, Norwich had a line out on the Sudbury five-metre line. With Sudbury forwards being down a man due the sending off, they were unable to stop Norwich from driving over the line for the try, which was converted.
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Norwich were to score first in the second half, with a penalty which was easily converted. With both sides getting plenty of opportunities to score, Sudbury capitalised on 22 minutes where, from a scrappy line out, Tom Summers managed to get his hands on the ball and then danced through Norwich’s defence to score under the posts which he then converted.
With Norwich feeling the pressure, they continued to give away penalties allowing Tom to score three more points within two minutes of the restart.
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Norwich struck back using their superior player numbers to create an overlap and score a well worked try but missed the conversion.
With 10 minutes to go, Sudbury still felt that they could win the game and mounted attack after attack choosing to take quick tap penalties looking for the tries.
However, Norwich’s defence held out well.
With four minutes to go Sudbury decided to kick a penalty, which Tom Summer converted.