Sudbury edging closer to London 3 promotion

Table topping Sudbury Rugby Club entertain Upminster at a snowy Whittome Field on Saturday
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Table topping Sudbury Rugby Club entertain Upminster at a snowy Whittome Field on Saturday Justin Burton collects from a line out - Credit: Archant

Table-topping Sudbury are daring to dream about clinching promotion from London 3 North, but could not face a tougher task in their quest for glory today.

Coach Graham Richards’ unbeaten side go to second-top Cantabrigians today, the Suffolk side winning the corresponding fixture at Whittome Field, 15-14, earlier in the season.

Sudbury lead the table by 12 points with four games to go, having won all but one of their games this season – Harlow, who defeated Cantabrigian 27-18 this campaign, holding them to a draw.

Asked if the title would be wrapped up with a win today, coach Richards said: “Promotion would maybe be sewn up but technically, we would need another win to be crowned champions.

“It’s a really big game for Cantabs, one they must win as they are in a precarious position where West Norfolk could catch them.

“We are not taking anything for granted, we have prepared the players well this week, and we are looking forward to going there with a decent side.”

Richards said his team are in buoyant mood ahead of the game, but insists he has refused to focus on the game until this week.

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“It’s the one everyone has been talking about but I have refused to talk about it until this week,” Richards added.

“They (Cantabs) had a chance to win against us right at the end at Sudbury, so they will be smarting a bit, and they are a good side.”

With such a good record this season and the finishing line in sight, those of a Sudbury persuasion would be forgiven if they had started turning their thoughts to next season and playing London 2 rugby.

“I am trying to think about looking forward to the last four games of the season,” Welshman Richards explained.

“You do start giving it some thought but looking at this season, to use 44 players and to have remained unbeaten is pretty unreal.”

Elsewhere in the division today, Stowmarket in ninth, host second-bottom Billericay.

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