With some help by spare A team players, Ipswich and Woodbridge kicked off with 15 a side, but due to a lack of experienced props, scrums were uncontested. That led to lots of open running play, with Woodbridge looking by far the better out wide.
But Ipswich worked to their strengths with Big Zack at 8 for Ipswich picking and driving deep into Woodbridge territory until our own Curtis in a black and red shirt drove over for the first try of the match.
Woodbridge looked dangerous out wide, but couldn’t finish it off, so Barnaby picked up just on the opposition 10 meter line and ran through several tackles to score a brilliant try in the corner.
Ipswich struck back through some big forwards bashing up through the middle until they scored just under the posts, converted by Theo Underwood. Ipswich were taking control through their big forwards and another try was scored just before half time by their number 8 Zack, again converted by Theo.
19-5 to Ipswich at half time.
Woodbridge didn’t let their heads sink and put in the first score in the far left corner through Saxon, followed very quickly by a score by Barnaby once again taking the ball from the base of the scrum and running the best part of half the pitch.
Even with great work by the Ipswich forwards, the Woodbridge 15 took confidence from the two quick tries and dominanted out wide, with Marcus running in under the posts, then Alex converted by Henry.
But the last score was by Ipswich, and rightly deserved with big strong forward after big strong forward smashed into us until they drove Curtis over for his second try.
Final score Woodbridge 27, Ipswich 24. Close game, fairly played and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Huge well done to everyone who played for Ipswich, but Men O the Matches to – Barnaby in his first outing as Captain leading from the front, tackling and scoring. And Riley for his tackling and direct running in the centres.