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Woodbridge grab bonus point win at Crusaders

PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 27 November 2017

Felix Kibble crosses for Woodbridge in their win at Crusaders. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Felix Kibble crosses for Woodbridge in their win at Crusaders. Picture: SIMON BALLARD


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Crusaders RFC 19

Woodbridge Warriors 25

Crusaders attacked from the off through No8 Robert Dye but were stopped by a couple of penalties which gave Woodbridge an opportunity to launch No8 Aldis Salavejs off wide, though wing Simon Ward was stopped by some strong defence, writes Simon Ballard.

A poor Woodbridge line-out gave centres George King and Greg Thurston a sprint to gain a foothold on the away five-metre line, from where Alex Widdrington missed a penalty.

Crusaders continued to probe the defence but JP Hart cleared long downfield and pressure at the ruck delivered the ball to flanker Matt Bowman, who scored wide on the left.

That having worked Hart kicked again, Clogg ran the counter kick back, off-loaded to scrum half Plummer and Stokes finished the 80-metre move with a score under the posts.

The half ended with a sustained period of attack and defence on the home five-metre line, where it was a credit to Cru’s defence that no points were scored.

Adam Plummer scores for Woodbridge at Crusaders. Picture: SIMON BALLARD Adam Plummer scores for Woodbridge at Crusaders. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

After the restart Woodbridge won more penalties and Salavejs, Jeff Buchanan, Jamie Smith and Bowman attacked left then switched quickly across field to Felix Kibble who beat Sam Barker to score.

Then lock Marshall Sykes worked well with Dan Knights to charge the kick off back, Bowman took over, then Smith to Plummer who scored only six minutes into the half.

Crusaders responded with 20 phases of pick and drive involving forwards and backs – scrum half Robert Loone rallying his pack. A penalty added territory where a slick line-out and several charges by Dye and Callum Widderington, in particular, resulted in sub Robert Kingsley scoring.

But Woodbridge assaulted the home 22 again for Clogg to kick three points. Crusaders then had a taste of success and were quickly back on the Woodbridge five metres line.

Woodbridge's Dan Kinights takes a catch in their win at Crusaders. Picture: SIMON BALLARD Woodbridge's Dan Kinights takes a catch in their win at Crusaders. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

A clean take at the line-out by Kingsley and Crus mauled over for Alex Widdrington to dot down.

Kingsley nearly scored again but sustained pressure kept play in the visitors’ danger zone where repeated defensive infringements resulted in a penalty try – but there was not enough time left for the hosts.

In the end an entertaining, close bonus point win for Woodbridge and bonus point loss for Crusaders.


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