Sudbury 57 Romford & Gidea Park 15 report - Suffolk side run rampant

Shaun Smith wsa in fine form for Sudbury. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

Shaun Smith wsa in fine form for Sudbury. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

London 2 Sudbury 57 Romford & Gidea Park 15 Sudbury produced another stylish performance at home to beat Romford & Gidea Park.

The visitors tried to use their forwards to control the pace of the game but Sudbury shipped the ball wide at every opportunity to play the game at pace and leave their opponents at a loss as to how to cope with the speed.

Sudbury kicked off and immediately attacked taking play deep into the Romford 22. Romford had the put in at the first scrum but the home side easily drove them back, a breakdown on the left of the pitch saw Sudbury move the ball left to right for Sam Rust to score after seven minutes of play.

Sudbury spent much of the next ten minutes in the Romford 22 but was having trouble with their line-out and failed to capitalize on several penalty opportunities from five metre line-outs to increase their score.

On the half hour, hooker Sam Maile intercepted a pass on the halfway line and sprinted the 50 metres to score under the posts, converted by Rust.

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The Romford forwards had some success moving play into the Sudbury half during the second 20 minutes of the half but were unable to create gaps in the defence and as soon as they lost possession Sudbury just ran the ball back down the park. Finally Romford crossed the stripe just before half-time when, after five or six phases of play on the Sudbury five, they eventually scored from close range for a 12-5 half-time score.

Jake Thurlow scored for Sudbury two minutes into the second half and then Jonny Taylor added to the tally with a good run after a scrum on the Romford ten metre line, while Rust was having a good day with the boot.

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Sudbury were now controlling both scrum and line-out and from a penalty for a line-out infringement Henry Cowling took a quick tap and ran 40 metres to score.

Then Austin Beckett scored twice with dashes down the wing and then Romford crossed the Sudbury line again from close range but were held up, but did eventually score from the ensuing five scrum.

It was nowhere near enough as Shaun Smith went over for Sudbury three more times, while Jackson added a brace.

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