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Match Report

Swaffham 25 Norwich U13's 50

12/04/2018

Swaffham 25 Norwich U13's 50

This week we travelled west along the A47 to the home of Swaffham RFC our hosts for the morning’s rugby.

Once again a great turn out with 20 Norwich boys making the trip to Swaffham on a day when most would have preferred to stay tucked up in bed. Although it was not raining hard the wet and overcast conditions would play their part in an exciting mornings rugby.


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Having warmed up and been put through a number of pre match drills our boys took to the field for their game against Swaffham.

The format for the morning’s rugby would be 4 x 15 minute periods of play with rolling subs at the discretion of the coaches.

As anticipated the game was very physical with both sides fielding well balanced sides both in size and ability.

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During the first quarter there was not a lot between the sides, although Norwich initially had the upper hand a determined Swaffham side kept plugging away and holding Norwich at bay.

Some good movement of the ball between the backs showed an understanding of the game and a willingness to develop that which they had learnt during training and previous games. This enabled Norwich to eventually take control of the first quarter, going into the break with a two-try advantage.

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In the second quarter Norwich lost their way a little and Swaffham were able to take control of the game, some strong moves by the Swaffham forwards against Norwich’s backs meant that they were able to overpower Norwich and bring the game back level.

It was during this period of play that Louis a Swaffham player sustained what could have been a worrying neck injury but thanks to the prompt assistance of all those who attended to Louis at this time he was eventually given a clean bill of health from the hospital. At times like this it is gratifying to see the rugby family all working together for a common goal, that being a safe and secure environment for our sons and daughters to do what they love, playing rugby.

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During the third quarter Norwich slowly and determinedly took control of the game, some strong work by the forwards in the scrum and around the loose ball allowed Norwich to use the ball well, getting it to the backs, who were able through some excellent ball handling secure the quarter with a further four tries.

After a short break the final quarter commenced with both sides showing dogged determination in what was a hard fought final game. Both sides were hampered by the wet conditions, which made ball handling even trickier however both sides dealt with the conditions well. Norwich continued to work hard and control the game for most of the final minutes of play. At the final whistle the score was Norwich 50 – Swaffham 25.

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A great days rugby with excellent play from both teams, we would like to thank Swaffham for their very generous hospitality (I think some of our boys had thirds!), and we look forward to playing them again next season.

Well done to all the boys Swaffham and Norwich alike, the conditions were not easy but you played with enthusiasm and dedication.

Norwich’s forward of the day goes to Newton and the back of the day goes to Josh, well done boys.

Gary


 
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