Woodbridge Warriors 29 v Newmarket 0
The Warriors started nervously conceding too many penalties and letting Newmarket centre Simon Guenigault have a couple of strong runs. Early scrums went to the visitors as they made the most of their size and both sides struggled to get throw-ins straight in gusty conditions. The Newmarket fly half Danny Brookes missed a couple of opportunities to kick points and Woodbridge did better at the breakdown, Jamie Gilbert, Olly Gray and Nick Woodley having more than their fair share of turnover ball. This allowed No10 JP Hart to launch a couple of attacks with Tom Stokes supporting and win a penalty which Jacob Bodkin kicked. Despite losing scrums the Warriors salvaged plenty of possession from rucks and resisted a two sustained attacks before Hart broke to run 30m offloaded to Jamie Smith and received the return pass to score and put the Warriors eight points up at the break
Newmarket’s forwards restarted with an attack on the left, second rows Brad Munday and Adam Moss galloped through which drew some crunching hits from Woodbridge who scavenged the ball and cleared to midfield. Here it was lock Jono Cooke that linked with his backs that Jacob Bodkin off on a storming run to score. Caught in their 22 again after a long kick from Danny Brookes the Warriors lineout worked well and they mauled 20m as the opposing pack started to tire. Another clearance from Hart and a couple of penalties saw Woodbridge on the attack, scrum half Adam Plummer directing the charge in the Newmarket 22 only for some poor hands to lose possession and be kicked back. Woodbridge backs smelled blood and the newly substituted Luke Garham nearly scored with his first touch before a lineout yielded an arcing run from Stokes, Hart and Smith for Sam Hallows to touch down. A frustrated Newmarket kept their resolve, kicking long to get field position for their front row, Reeves, Richardson and Terenzi to press. However with their fast runners Woodbridge saw any possession as an opportunity, Bodkin put in some testing challenges, but it was a 50m dash from Adam Plummer that closed the game with a bonus point fourth try.