From the kick off Sudbury were up for a game of high intensity and maximum physicality and with lots of set pieces coming from nervous handling, which meant the two packs got intimately acquainted from the start.
Woodbridge had the upper hand in most of these bruising encounters taking a couple of balls against the head in the scrum and turning over loose ball in the open game. But quite quickly Woodbridge started to dominate in the forwards leading to the first half’s two tries by Tom Jermy and James Eaton – both converted by Elliott.
Sudbury to their credit didn’t give up and although we had several other chances to put a couple more tries away which we didn’t finish the opportunities. For the last 10 minutes of the half Sudbury pinned us in our 22 but without any score, our defense was immense.
The second half started just as ferocious and the intensity continued as Sudbury started to bring on their bench with fresh legs. But to no avail as both our forwards and backs put huge pressure on any Sudbury player in possession leading to fumbles or stolen ball, returning possession to us time and time again.
Amazingly we ruined at least two more try scoring opportunities, then from a scrum on the 22 James O picked up and drove to within 5 meters, offloading to Sonnie who was held out but recycled the ball for Elliott to dart through and take 5 more points, which he then converted for another 2.
Lots to take out of this performance, it wasn’t perfect, but the boys did play for the whole 60 minutes.
Men of the Match – Elliott with 3 conversions and a try, and Travis for his distribution and defensive tackling.