Sudbury up to second after routine home win
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London 2 North Sudbury 22 Old Cooperians 7 Sudbury advanced to second in the league with a home win against Old Cooperians, but they were not on their best form.
Coopers kicked off up the slope and with the stiff breeze giving Sudbury the opportunity to run straight back at them only to knock on with ball in hand.
The first scrum saw Sudbury push the big Coopers pack backwards but they did manage to rescue their ball and with a deft cross field kick put the winger free to do what Sudbury usually do to the opposition and score with two minutes on the clock.
It took Sudbury 15 minutes to recover from the shock but they eventually worked their way into the visitors red zone and were rewarded with a penalty try as the Coopers defence piled in to prevent a score.
With no conversion required Coopers took a quick restart trying to catch Sudbury off guard but they were wise to that and stopped the move immediately.
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Progress was slow as Sudbury were falling foul of the referee, their dominance in the scrum was leading him to think they were not scrummaging correctly and their speed in the backs constantly drew offside decisions.
Twenty minutes in the forwards eventually crossed the line for a five point lead which Sudbury maintained until half-time.
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The second half saw the visitors keep more of the play keeping the ball tight while Sudbury continued to throw the ball wide in the wet slippery conditions with the inevitable handling errors.
Coopers were now falling foul of the ref and gave away a penalty and then ten for back chat, now in the 22; Sam Rust opted to kick and added the three points.
Both sides were accumulating penalties at an alarming rate so the game was very stop start.
At the restart Coopers kicked straight out so play was taken back for a scrum on the centre. Nick Robinson picked up and put the ball wide to Austin Beckett who then fed out to brother Frazer, who scored behind the posts halfway through the period, converted to give the game its final score.