Second-half effort fails to save Suffolk

SUFFOLK started their tri-team county tournament with a 13-5 defeat by Cambridgeshire at Ipswich Rugby Club's Humber Doucy Lane.Cambridge, represented by six club sides, started the game a little shakily to allow Suffolk to kick to the corner and put the pressure on their defence.

SUFFOLK started their tri-team county tournament with a 13-5 defeat by Cambridgeshire at Ipswich Rugby Club's Humber Doucy Lane.

Cambridge, represented by six club sides, started the game a little shakily to allow Suffolk to kick to the corner and put the pressure on their defence.

However, the visitors soon settled and came back at Suffolk, winning a penalty for offside which Shelford's Bailey kicked for the three points.

Cambridge's assurance grew after this and, after some slick inter-passing, the Newmarket prop Smith scored in the 35th minute. The conversion kick was charged down to leave the half time score 0-8.


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Suffolk, represented by nine club sides, came out in the second half with renewed vigour and left-winger Morgan was tackled short of the line in a flowing back move.

Cambridge came back and 15 minutes later scrum-half Frank nipped round the side of a ruck and jinked his way to the line. The kick was missed but the score was now 0 - 13.

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With ten minutes to go a Cambridge player was yellow carded and, with only 14 men on the field, Suffolk put the pressure on.

A good run by Stowmarket's Hill got the Suffolk side to within 22 metres of the line and, for the next five minutes, they piled on the pressure.

Eventually a maul was pulled down and a quick tap penalty saw Morgan of Colchester cross the line for a Suffolk try in the corner. The conversion was missed for a final score of 5-13.

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