Sudbury rack up 78 points in win over Harlow

Sudbury's Austin Beckett scored a hat-trick. Picture: NICK MOORE

Sudbury's Austin Beckett scored a hat-trick. Picture: NICK MOORE - Credit: Archant

London 2 North Sudbury 78 Harlow 10 Sudbury totally demolished Harlow at Whittome Field in a game which many had predicted would be a close encounter, writes Don Reekie.

The Suffolk side played down the slope in the first half and from the kick-off established field position in the Harlow 22 and nearly scored from the first move of the game.

After several near misses Sudbury finally scored so after seven minutes of play they were seven ahead.

The Sudbury ball handling was superb and Harlow had no answer to the speed at which the game was being played. It was 14-0 after 12 minutes.

A quarter of an hour into the game Harlow made their first foray into the Sudbury half and secured a line-out in the 22. They threw long, and the prop caught the ball and ran through a stunned Sudbury defence against the run of play.


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Two quick tries was the reply from the home side, all 15 players were enjoying throwing the ball about, eventually finding the wide outside and then again from the restart as the ball carrier punched through the defence and then off loaded for the finish and the bonus point.

Sudbury’s scrummaging was superb all afternoon and they easily pushed back a heavier pack at nearly every scrum. From a scrum on the Harlow 22 Sudbury again used quick ball into the centre to score.

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Harlow then rallied and had a good passage of play but was made to work hard for every metre gained, they were then penalised and a quick tap by Fraser Beckett saw him run 65 metres almost unopposed to score. Another good run from the backs increased the score to 45-5 at half-time.

Sudbury switched off during the break and for the first 20 minutes of the half seemed to be just going through the motions. Harlow were posing no real threat and Sudbury seemed to be content with containing the situation and the score-line. Then they woke up and in the last ten minutes put five more tries past a very weary Harlow.

With the last move of the game and the Sudbury boys thinking about what was for tea, Harlow again surprised the Blues with a run down the wing to score, which met with very little resistance.

Hat-tricks from Jonny Taylor and Austin Beckett contributed to the big total but nearly all the scores came from moves involving several of the team so they all deserve credit, especially man of the match Jack Dachtler.

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