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Sutton neutralise Hinckley scrum

Sutton Coldfield 25 v 0 Hinckley RFC

Last Updated: Jan 5, 2014 07:55pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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National League 3 Midlands

It was thanks to the magnificent early morning water clearing efforts of the SCRFC ground staff led by Darren Morgan that this game took place at all.

Although the heavy conditions suited the power play of the visitors, in the final event it was the home side who played the energy sapping conditions better to start 2014 with a satisfying 25-0 victory over visitors Hinckley, preserving their long standing undefeated home record.

With both sides struggling to find their form and touch in the difficult conditions the game was full of fumbles and early errors but after soaking up the early pressure Sutton broke out and took play deep into Hinckley territory where, after a sustained period of solid pressure they were awarded a penalty following a series of defensive infringements. Flyhalf Alex White kicked the penalty to give Sutton a 3-0 lead after 15 minutes of play and then added a second penalty under similar circumstances 10 minutes before the break. With Sutton leading 6-0 they stepped up their attacking play and no8 Fraser Tait crossed for a try, converted by Alex White to give Sutton a 13-0 lead at the break.

Sutton maintained their momentum into the second half and although under pressure in the scrums they continued to apply sustained pressure in the open play creating two great scoring opportunities at the start of the second  half but they were denied by first a knock-on over the line and then an unsighted grounding. However, Sutton continued to press and defended superbly when called on, until their chance came with 3 minutes to play and prop Liam Hills drove over from close range. Alex White kicked the conversion for 20-0 and then scrum half Mark Rayner closed out the game 25-0 with a smart try from a ruck on the Hinckley try line.

This weekend Sutton travel to Longton, Stoke on Trent for another tough contest in their National 3 league campaign. KO 2.15  

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