Smith grabs a brace as Warriors see off local rivals YM in fiery derby
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Eastern Counties 1 Ipswich YM 8 Woodbridge Warriors 27 Woodbridge opened the scoring in this fiery local derby as full-back Jamie Smith touched down after an arcing sprint saw him receive fast ball.
Jack Johnson kicked a penalty to make it 8-0 and the Warriors were in business.
It was time for YM to attack. Lock Rudland stole at the ruck and stampeded through, spinning the ball wide to full back Robert Owen to threaten.
A sustained onslaught ensued, YM’s forwards led by captain Ben Hockley exploited breakdown after breakdown, picking and driving until a penalty gave Owen three points. Woodbridge camped in the Ipswich 22 until half-time, 8-3 up.
After the break, Warrior prop Simon Codd put in a storming charge and Johnson punched the ball into the YM 22 to set the theme for the second half.
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A Woodbridge scrum stole possession to relight the assault through Smith and Hart against Sawyer, Andy Gostling and Tristram Gladwell defending tenaciously in their 22.
The next offensive was started by a cracking kick from Hart for a touch halfway down YMs 22. Some hard work and fast hands from wing Simon Ward ended with Smith getting a high speed diving try in the extreme corner.
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Woodbridge’s scrum was then picked up for binding and YM centre Corey Parfit put in a blistering diagonal run, setting up a sustained blitz from which Hockley scored to give the home crowd hope.
It was the Warriors though that built a raid on the home try line, swinging play back and forth, Jono Cooke, Ed Berridge, Dan Taylor and Olly Gray notable among those trying to punch through.
It was Dan Bond that eventually found the gap and scored. Woodbridge kept the pressure on despite the 14 point gap, rucking aggressively and losing Nick Woodley to enthusiasm.
With a man down the Warriors must have thought the last ten minutes would be about defence.
Then a clearance kick from Owen was caught by flanker Bond on his own 10-metre line. He bolted 60-metres down the right wing, without need of his support runners, to score and kick off unrestrained celebration from the large posse of travelling Woodbridge supporters.