Rugby Union: West Suffolk College latest

West Suffolk College Sports Academy rugby players were invited to attend the City College Norwich 10s and thoroughly enjoyed a very well organised event.

West Suffolk College Sports Academy rugby players were invited to attend the City College Norwich 10s and thoroughly enjoyed a very well organised event.

The college entered two teams - Reds and Blues - drawn in separate pools.

Things looked great for the Reds as their game kicked off first and they set a marker down by overwhelming the host side 65-0. They showed great flair in attack and, when asked, the defence was completely solid.

With the Blues watching the first half they seemed spurred on, and in their first game they ran in 41-0 winners against a very spirited Paston College side. Despite this scoreline, Paston tested the West Suffolk defence and were only really outdone by the speed of the West Suffolk counter attack around the outside of the Paston players.


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The next two games were played by the Red team. The first saw them run in 38 unanswered points against a well drilled East Norfolk side. The Norfolk team held firm for much of the game but eventually the support play of West Suffolk was too much.

The next match was the game of the qualifying rounds. The Reds faced Easton A. From the kick-off it was obvious that one of these two sides would progress. It was the Easton side that took an early lead and settled first. With the West Suffolk Reds now being tested in defence, they had to dig deep. Their plight was not helped when two tries were disallowed for held up over the line. The game changed with the West Suffolk lads regrouping and Easton losing two players with injuries. The Bury St Edmunds side came out of a hard-fought game 27-10 winners.

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Now the emphasis was shifted to the Blues who in the next game started with some of the best attacking rugby played in the day. Three minutes into the game, West Suffolk were four tries to the good and Peterborough had not seen the ball. Things did not improve and the game was stopped at 52-0 just after the start of the second half with Peterborough not getting out of their half.

The final pool game for the Blues was against Easton B who had not won a game so far and seemed to rely more on the less subtle aspects of the game. To their credit the West Suffolk players showed cold composure and the game finished early at 55-0 - surprisingly this was called by the winning West Suffolk team.

The semi finals found West Suffolk Reds playing Paston and despite going behind to an early try they came through 48 -5. West Suffolk Blues were pitted against the formidable Easton A. This seemed one game too many for Easton, though, and they were overwhelmed 47-0. These results meant it was an all West Suffolk final.

West Suffolk College Reds came out the victors 20-5.

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