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Your News Woodbridge Warriors 0 - Saracens Amateurs 22

Saracens Amateurs, lying an impressive second to Wasps in their Herts/Middx 1 league, travelled to Woodbridge and, in front of a large, New Years crowd, wasted no time laying down a challenge - putting the home team under pressure from the off . Their fast backs were ignited by Brad Martin at scrum half who sent them running down both touchlines in attack. Forced quickly into defence, under a snow-threatening sky, the Warriors took too long to find a pattern and after a short period on their 5m line conceded a converted try to the heavy driving Christo Kasabi at No 3.

A shaken Warriors rallied behind their solid pack where the dependable No8, Johno Cooke, charged down to get them position in the visitors 22 for John Yorke to miss a penalty attempt and the Warriors scrum half, Eddie Johnson, to very nearly set his wingers try-bound. Play remained central for much of the half and, although Woodbridge held some good possession, won their line-outs and forced penalties, they failed to convert this into points and Saracens always looked dangerous on the break. The hosts shortly found themselves defending again, the quality of their tackling a testament to the repetitive strikes from the Saracens three-quarters under the direction of the exceptional Martin. The half ended with a promising Warrior counter involving some agile forward play from Andy Brown at loose head.

Woodbridge restarted at pace but their guests quickly reasserted their kicking and chasing superiority and, from a quick tap penalty, they put Mike Rinaldi over in minutes. Yet more defence was required from Woodbridge, Jimmy Mayhews tackling was notable amongst many, before they put some good runs together. Saracens were quickly upon them however and forced an easy penalty for No 10, Peter Sleuth, to kick 3 points. Apart from one or two isolated instances - often from Saracen penalties - Woodbridge failed to contain their opponents dynamic and well-drilled backline. Rinaldi and Martin were a constant threat and, with the snow falling, Saracens substitute No 22 scored for Sleuth to convert and seal a deserved victory in an enjoyable, well refereed match.


Woodbridge Warriors: 1 Andy Brown, 2 Tom Herring, 3 Simon Codd, 4 Bobby Armour (Capt), 5 Dan Cummings, 6 Duncan Andrews, 7 Jimmy Mayhew, 8 Johno Cooke, 9 Eddie Johnson, 10 Josh Simpkin-Betts, 11 Kieran Richardson, 12 Ben McIntyre, 13 John Yorke, 14 Donovan Steward, 15 Tristram Steward. Replacements: 16 Olly Gray, 17 Rob Hopkins, 18 Shane Manning, 19 Ian Davidson..

Saracens Amateurs: 1 Eugene Yost, 2 Andy Harrison, 3 Christo Kasabi, 4 Sam Kelly, 5 Ramsey Adams, 6 Sam McMahon, 7 James Rawlinson, 8 Tom Weir, 9. Brad Martin, 10 Peter Sleuth, 11 Tom Jobs, 12 Mike Rinaldi, 13 Matt James, 14 Adam Murphy, 15 Jeff Rice. Replacements: 16 Ross McKenzie, 17 Nick Lewis, 18 Ryan Griffin, 19 Oscar Dodd.

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