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Match Report

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 49 Norwich 61

28/11/2017

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 49 Norwich 61

On a gloriously sunny late autumn day Norwich travelled to Lowestoft and Yarmouth without 3 of their most experienced players. Unfortunately Lowestoft and Yarmouth only had 11 players and one of them had to leave at half time. This meant that in order to equalise the numbers for both teams 5 Norwich players had to play one half for their opponents. This situation is particularly hard on the 3 flankers in the squad as they end up playing out of position for both Norwich and their opponents. Hopefully once the schools rugby season is over all our opponents will be able to field full teams.


This was a game in which the lead changed 8 times before Norwich finally established a winning margin. Most of Norwich’s tries came from their midfield backs Ben Fletcher and Monty Snary but it was very pleasing to see Archie Gibbs, Charlie Potter and Alex Cotes from the forwards score tries for the club, the first two for the first time. Unfortunately most of the tries were scored close to the touchline which made converting them very difficult.


Lowestoft and Yarmouth relied almost entirely on their superstar Michael van Haren who scored 6 of their 7 tries, all between the posts which made their kicker’s task relatively easy. He would have scored a further try were it not for a brilliant tap tackle from Freddy Haddon which led to him knocking the ball on when over the try line. Norwich won the subsequent scrum and went on the attack.


Norwich played the better structured rugby and had the edge in the set scrums and at the ruck as the hard work of the previous Wednesday coaching session bore fruit. However the chop tackling was less reliable and there was a reluctance from some players to tackle Michael van Haren when in full flight which was disappointing. Further work on line speed and on the chop tackling technique is clearly required.
Season’s performance to date. Played 11. Won 8. Lost 3.


Andy Pott

 
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