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Your News Ipswich YM hold Warriors to draw

This overcast, windless and grey day saw Ipswich YM welcome the Woodbridge Warriors, from a league higher, as a pit-bull might welcome a rottweiler. The visitors early efforts at open running were quickly snuffed out by their hosts enthusiastic defence. Ipswich forwards fought hard for possession, drawing their opponents in. This allowed their backs, particularly Howard and Carrott, put in some surgical runs and nail play firmly in the Woodbridge half for the first quarter. Despite this YM failed to score - Elliston missing a penalty kick. The Warriors found some space later in the half and, down to 14 men apiece, Yorke won a penalty and took 3 points. In a tough, evenly-balanced match, both teams scrabbled for territory and the action remained largely central until a late-half attack by Ipswich who mysteriously chose to use kickable penalties for territory.

The second half saw Woodbridge defending in their own 22 again before a couple of forward phases set the three-quarters off to win a penalty and Yorke took another 3 points. Against the hubbub of touchline banter Ipswich YM doggedly contained Woodbridges spirited greyhounds; Macintyre, Yorke and Steward. As the half progressed the hosts confidence increased and they were rewarded with Elliston kicking three penalty points and, minutes later, a drop goal. Extra time saw more of the same, the hosts tireless pack mauling, picking and driving and both teams desperately trying to break away from the others excellent defence. Despite a held-up try from Woodbridge and failed drop goal from YM the evenly fought, if at times tetchy, match ended a draw with neither team becoming top dog.

Final score: Ipswich YM 6 - Woodbridge Warriors 6

Woodbridge Warriors; 1 Harris, 2 Herring, 3 Codd, 4 Brown, 5 Crowther, 6 Andrews, 7 Gray, 8 Cooke, 9 Johnson, 10 Simpkin-Betts, 11 Richardson 12 Yorke, 13 Macintyre, 14 D Steward, 15 T Steward. Replacements: 16 Mayhew, 17 Manning, 19 Sanday.

Ipswich YM; 1 Quinton, 2 Gladwell, 3 Blow, 4 Potter, 5 Chetty, 6 Podd, 7 Woods, 8 Healey, 9 Hall, 10 Howard, 11 Carrott, 12, Styles, 13 Elliston, 14 Lea, 15 Rafferty, Replacements; 16 Banks.

Referee: Justin Jupp

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