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Match Report

Norwich 65 Romford & Gidea Park 19


Norwich 65 Romford & Gidea Park 19

Norwich got back to winning ways on Saturday with a convincing win over their visitors from Essex. There were some enforced changes from the team that lost at Wanstead the week before. Scrum-half Jonny Payne is out for several weeks with a rib injury while fly-half Theo Elliott was unavailable for very good family reasons.

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However David Micklethwaite was back at flanker and certainly added a great deal in both attack and defence which was sorely needed after the Wanstead game. Second row Nathan Wilson and centre Nick Austin were unavailable through injury.

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As a result Robbie Bridgstock moved to scrum-half and Chris Parrott from full-back to fly-half. Rob Micklethwaite moved into the centre and Tom Stanley came in on the left wing. Conan Hoey moved from the wing to full-back and Jack Walsh started in the second row. Laurence Austin had an outstanding game at no 8 for Norwich and it was no surprise when he opened the scoring with a try half way out after a David Micklethwaite break which Rob Micklethwaite converted to give Norwich an early lead.

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However this was short lived as Romford replied with a try of their own from a penalty kicked to the corner. From the ensuing line-out the ball was moved wide and left wing James Harbour went over for fly-half Teddie Duke to add the conversion with a fine kick from the touchline.

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This seemed to spur Norwich into action and they dominated the rest of the half with tries  after 18 minutes from Simon Darby following a rolling maul which was not converted. Moments later Tom Stanley went over after some good handling and this time Micklethwaite converted the try to put Norwich in the lead 19-7. Four minutes later Rob Micklethwaite scored a fine individual try near the posts which he duly converted.

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Norwich wrapped up the half with further tries from the irrepressible Austin which was not converted and from David Micklethwaite after  a great break from the restart by Parrott which was converted to give Norwich the lead at the break 38 -7.

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Norwich started the second half as they had finished the first with Stanley showing great pace to go over under the posts which was converted. Norwich did what they had done against Ipswich a fortnight earlier and went to sleep. Romford got back in the game and scored from an interception when Norwich were guilty of trying to play too much rugby in their own half and Duke duly went in under the posts and he added the conversion. The next 15 minutes belonged to the visitors but stout defence kept them out.

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Norwich got back into opposition territory and were rewarded with a try from skipper Pip Scott who scored from a rolling maul. The conversion was missed. With some 20 minutes left Austin scored the try of the match his third when he broke from a line-out 70 yards out and showed great pace to score in the corner. This was not converted.

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Romford to their great credit never gave up and scored a consolation try from flanker Ian Semain which went unconverted. Norwich wrapped the game up with further tries from replacement winger Tristan Smith who scampered over on the blindside of a scrum on the Romford 22 and second row Walsh who again showed good pace to score out wide. Both these tries were unconverted.

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It was a good weekend for Norwich with the Lions winning 14-65 at Great Yarmouth-Broadland and the A side beating Holt thirds 68-5.

Report - Chris Gillham


Many thanks to our mascot and ballboys, top job guys, we hope you enjoyed the game.

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So, a few more photos of the game...

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Former Wales and British & Irish Lion, Haydn Morris

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