Warriors claim third consecutive victory at Hadleigh RFC

Eastern Counties 1 league match - Saturday 3 November 2012

Hadleigh 12 v Woodbridge Warriors 26


Woodbridge started using the wind advantage intelligently with their forwards winning two penalties in the opening five minutes allowing Kimber to put them 6 points up. The scrum seemed equally balanced and both sides used possession to test the other, Woodbridge Bruce and Kimber kicking from hand to force some effective chasing from their forwards. Hadleigh, playing against the wind and into the sun kicked less, opting to run and scrum with Grant, Englebracht and Halls repeatedly driving at the visitors. Although Woodbridge looked the sharper team they were playing too much rugby in their own half until Bruce box kicked up field for Smith to gather and offload to Kimber who scored and converted.

Hadleigh reacted, Pissarro distributing well, with dangerous runs from Halls, Likuceve, Hazleman and Crisp, often with overlaps but they didn’t straighten up to draw the drifting defenders allowing the Warriors to steal from the ruck, kick and chase. Woodbridge forwards began to scrimmage better, lower and tighter Codd, Scopes and Hannon worked hard allowing their backs to stand off and attack wide. This forced a number of penalties in defence from which Kimber took another 3 points putting the visitors 16 points clear at the break.

As the wind subsided and sun set Hadleigh got back in the game using their width from a maul, for sub, Van Rensburg, to exploit a penalty, run through weak defence to score and Grant convert. Hadleigh’s full back Phillips kicked to his opposite number Kimber who ran 15m, offloaded to Garnham who passed to Lloyd who scored. Hadleigh increased the pace, using its centres effectively and Van Rensburg running some good attacking lines to which Woodbridge reacted tackling hard, Digweed exploiting loose ball for Kimber and Bruce to kick through and force their hosts to touch down. From the drop out Digweed again fell on the ball, Jones drove yielding a scrum from which Scopes carried for Taylor to score.

Hadleigh weren’t to be denied however and ran waves of attack from wing to wing until Likuceve scored from a defensive scrum in the Warriors 22. Some important line-out takes from Jones and Hannon kept Woodbridge out of trouble in the last ten minutes frustrating Hadleigh who couldn’t improve on 12-26 score line against the solid Warrior defence.

Hadleigh 12 v Woodbridge Warriors 26

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Woodbridge Rugby Union Football Club, Hatchley Barn, Orford Road, Bromeswell, Suffolk, IP12 2PP.

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