Sudbury 12 Vikings 30 Report from Graham Price
Vikings grind our Bonus point win over good Sudbury side
North Walsham overcame a well drilled Sudbury fifteen by four tries to two in an evenly contested match at Whittome Field.
The Vikings were a little rusty after only one training session during the three week festive break but went ahead with a Jim Riley try after early pressure. Matt Hodgson added the conversion.
Sudbury responded, charging down a clearing kick for full back Jake Sumner to beat Vilikesa Vurewa to the touchdown, Tom Summers adding the extras.
Both defences were sound, lying flat and up quickly, with home centres Dan Harding and Charles Jackson needing close attention.
An initial break by Joe Milligan led to a well worked second score for Riley, which went unconverted, to turn the Vikings round at half time 12-7 in the lead.
Ben O’Hickey and Ryan Oakes came on after the break, as captain Will Hodgson, playing his 150th game for the Vikings, led an increase in pace.
Home skipper Jake Thurlow was penalised in front of his posts, for Matt Hodgson to slot the kick, before James Knight broke away from loose play to score in the right hand corner, the conversion going awry.
Another quick retort from Sudbury saw a dash up the left wing, and a touchdown for hooker Sam Maile, which Summers couldn’t convert.
The final quarter saw Dane Canning on at tight head for Walsham and ex-Viking Chris Kent off the bench for Sudbury, as further pressure led to Chris Godwin wrestling the ball clear and Lachlan Brown-Bates crashing over for the unconverted bonus point try. Matt Hodgson rounded things off with a further penalty four minutes from time.
Head of Rugby Johnny Marsters named hooker Tom Knight as Coltishall Red Lion man-of –the-match for his silent work in the scrum, and was pleased to grind out a win against a good Sudbury side, and with no serious injuries, will have a full squad to pick from for next weekend’s home fixture against Ruislip.
Team:- 15/Jim Riley 14/ Vilikesa Vurewa 13/ Joe Milligan 12/ James Knight 11/ Rob King (18/ Ben O’Hickey 41m) 10/ Matt Hodgson 9/ Lee Thomson 1/ Lachlan Brown-bates 2/ Tom Knight 3/ Neumi Rokodinono (16/ Dane Canning 65m) 4/Dan Bird (17/ Ryan Oakes 41m) 5/ Matt Travers 6/ Roydon Miller 7/ Chris Godwin 8/ Will Hodgson ©.
Scorers:- Try:- J Riley(2); J Knight; L Brown-Bates.
Conversions:- M Hodgson(2). Penalties:- M Hodgson(2).
Head of Rugby:- Johnny Marsters. Playing Director:- Alan Hepburn.
Physio:- Graham Ilsley. Touch Judge:- Olly Marsters.
Referee:- Benji Ainsworth-Taylor ( London Soc.).