Ready to give their best for the badge, Woodbridge started with great intensity and verve, Hugo Kelleway taking control of the forwards and directing with great accuracy and detail. It meant that for 20 minutes the play remained in the Culford half. Eventually the pressure told and following a stolen lineout from the salmonesque Fynn Kiley, the ball fell loose, Keiran Saxton made excellent yards before Tristan Hilger took up the charge and scored under the posts. Tom Innes converted and celebrated with his now customary Viking roar of passion. 7-0 to Woodbridge.
Culford started the second half strongly and Woodbridge had to defend for a while before an opportunistic interception from James Bellhouse and a ‘bolt like’ 20 metre sprint saw him flop over the line under the posts: 14-0 to Woodbridge. Soon after Hugo saw a chance to kick over the top, Tom Innes somehow ended up with the ball in his hands and offloaded to Jack Grant who crashed over the posts. 21-0.
Culford re-organised and eventually entered the Woodbridge 22 for the first time, and the Culford number 8 finally crashed over from a scrum to score. The try was converted and Culford’s tails were suddenly up. Not for long… a huge hit, a dislodged ball and Tristan Hilger set off down the touchline for the team’s fourth try… but… the referee was collapsed with cramp in the middle of the field and, unable to see, could not award it. It mattered not. Soon after, Alfie Agar dummied through the opposition to crash over for a well-deserved 28-7. Game over and a win for a Woodbridge team excellent to a man in attack and defence.
The next round of the National Cup is on Thursday 1 December at home: 2.15pm kick off.