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Ipswich sink Woodbridge in local derby

Derby day in Suffolk saw Ipswich travel to a Woodbridge side that were desperate to avenge a 50 point drubbing from last season.

Ipswich had been kicking their heels for a week after seeing rival schools already squeeze in a fixture, all of that only served to whet the appetite ahead of this fixture though. Woodbridge on the other hand were already two fixtures in, and looking ready for more.

Sadly for Woodbridge it was not to be as a youthful Ipswich side slowly grew into the game to win 22-8.

Ipswich captain Simon Uzokwe reports:

A young Ipswich side arrived for the first game of the season at Woodbridge with confidence and perfect conditions to suit fast rugby. It was Speech Day at Woodbridge so there was plenty of home support.

 

 

Woodbridge started strongly, as it was their 3rd fixture, and their scrum half took advantage of some sloppy defence to score in the corner. Ipswich gradually managed to ignore the loud Woodbridge support and start playing some good rugby.

 

A neat chip over the top was calmly collected by Davis, who showed good feet, but unfortunately the try was disallowed. Ipswich enjoyed a lot of territory and eventually Uzokwe was able to cross the line from a pick and go.

 

The score at half time was 8-5 to Woodbridge. Ipswich started well and immediately found themselves deep within the Woodbridge half. Ipswich went through the phases and looked after the ball well, resulting in Talkington powering over the line.

 

With ten minutes left in the game and Ipswich leading by 4 points, Banatvala was brought onto the front row and Uzokwe was moved to outside centre. Ward, Davis and Uzokwe combined well, breaking the line multiple times.

 

Good hands from Davis put Uzokwe in space who was able to beat his man and hand off the full back. Soon after Parry broke through and a simple 2 on 1 enabled Uzokwe to complete his hat-trick in the last play of the game.

 

It was a true game of two halves with Ipswich showing their dominance in the end. There were plenty of great performances from the likes of Douglas, Ward, Osman and Davis.

 

However special mentions must go to Turner, who had an excellent game at full back despite still being 15, and also to Mills who dominated the lineout.

To turn the game around so convincingly after trailing at half time speaks wonders for the mental strength of this young side. As is mentioned in the report, praise must indeed go to young Turner, to play so well at such a young age in a position as individually exposed as full back speaks volumes for the talents of the boy.

The highest of praise must really go to Uzokwe though. His influence on this side is clear for all to see, and the exposure he has gained through the Saints academy is likely to be a real added boost to this Ipswich team.

Next up for Ipswich are Framlingham and after this comeback, confidence will be sky high. Don’t expect another slow start, the Ipswich machine is in full flow now.

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