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Your News Crusaders set Warriors agenda for next season

Bright sunshine greeted a good crowd at this end-of-season festival. Woodbridge Warriors, lying second from bottom in the league against Crusaders two places higher. A knock on from the kick off gave Woodbridge a scrum from which Dan Knights drove over to score for the visitors on barely a minute. The restart saw the Crusaders pick up their attack with two assaults on the visitors line resulting in a score for their no 14, Sandland. Several knock-ons later and the Warriors were reprieved by the first of many penalties against the Crusaders who nevertheless managed the game excellently always fast to the breakdown and aggressive in the ruck and maul pushing over with scant regard for the consequences and frequently rewarded with possession. The Warriors counter attacks were met with metronymic kicks over forcing them to run from deep and setting the home team up with regular opportunities for their well drilled forwards to reclaim the ball. In the end a plucky effort from a Warriors team, in the first throws of regeneration under a new coach barely 5 day out of the box, could not prevent Crusaders running in 6 converted tries in the first half for a 42 7 break.

After stern words Woodbridge regrouped in the second half and saw off several sorties on their 5m line to restrict Crusaders to 3 tries making a match hat-trick for Sandland, and all converted by their dependable kicker Elliot who also kicked well from hand during the game to keep the visitors pinned in their own half. On a few occasions Woodbridge moved the ball quickly but there was no penetration on the running and as possession was lost so was the ground as Crusaders took their opportunities drawing in their opponents to the ruck and then moving the ball quickly to their backs albeit sometimes through unsteady hands. Crusaders deserved the win which was harder won than the score line implies. Woodbridge Warriors have work to do over the summer if they are to get themselves back up the league.

Final score Crusaders 63: Woodbridge Warriors 7,

Woodbridge Warriors: 1 Simon Codd, 2 Dan Bond, 3 Karl Harris, 4 Dan Knight, 5 Tom Crowther, 6 Dan Headley, 7 Charlie Rose, 8 Johno Cooke, 9 Richard Lloyd, 10 Angus Clogg, 11 Iain Johnston, 12 Gareth Jones, 13 Simon Ward, 14 Henry Rose, 15 Jamie Smith. Replacements: 16 Simon Bennett.

Stowmarket: 1 Sharp, 2 Veness, 3 Stewart, 4 White, 5 Worrall, 6 King, 7 Drome, 8 Blinkhorn, 9 Harris, 10 Elliott, 11 Byrne, 12 Barker, 13 Craigs, 14 Sandland, 15 Burchitt. Replacements: 16 Joy, 17 Greest, 18 Woodward.

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