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Match Report

Harlow 12 Norwich 29

08/09/2018

Harlow 12 Norwich 29

Norwich’s bonus point win at Harlow was a dominant performance built on some outstanding work from the forwards who provided a platform all afternoon but only the first half yielded the points that dominance deserved.

A well struck 35 metre penalty from Mike Lawton got the visitors started inside 10 minutes as Norwich set up camp in the Harlow half.

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Mike Lawton slots the first points

The first Norwich try came from some strong counter rucking from the forwards to turn the ball over after which they attacked down the left side, being held up just short but they recycled the ball and Paul Micklethwaite dived over in the corner. Lawton landed an excellent conversion.

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Paul Micklethwaite scoring

Norwich looked comfortable at this early stage with stout defence preventing Harlow from getting a foothold in the visitor’s territory and the pack turning over a lot of ball. Creative attacking was let down too often though, by a lack of composure and patience in execution.

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Lawrence Austin charges forward

Harlow were reduced to 14 men when the replacement back slapped down a final pass aimed at Conan Hoey on the left wing who was clear to score about 15 metres out. Norwich opted for the scrum, a facet of the game where they enjoyed dominance all afternoon and they went blind passing to Hoey who rounded the defence to score. Lawton added the conversion.

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Conan Hoey

Norwich scored again when Chris Parrott weaved his way around several attempted tackles to score an excellent solo try that Lawton converted.

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Chris Parrott on his way to score

With half time looming, Harlow exerted the only real pressure of the first half on the Norwich line from a penalty to the corner but Norwich turned the ball over. Unfortunately a fading pass back over the line went loose and Harlow gratefully accepted the gift, diving on it to score, converting it for good measure as the whistle blew and Norwich went in 7:24 ahead.

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Tom Lloyd, great to see him back this season

It seemed improbable that, with their dominance, Norwich would only add 5 points in the second half but they become increasingly careless and seemingly frantic to score rather than patiently build on the numerous well-crafted opportunities they were creating.

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Matt Selby

Harlow lost their hooker to the bin for coming round the wrong side of the ruck and kicking the ball away but still Norwich found it impossible to cross the line typified when a rampant driving maul, resulting from the sin bin offence, ended with them failing to maintain composure and conceding a penalty for offside.

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Tom Moss

Harlow went down fighting and scored their second try against the run of play when they stretched the Norwich defence wide on the left and evaded the tackles. The kick was missed.
Norwich again forced play back to the Harlow line and finally the pressure told and a more patient build up allowed Tristan Smith to score in the left corner, the conversion was missed.

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Mike Lawton

Harlow never gave up and Norwich had to defend the final minutes of the game on their line, the defence once again being resolute.
Whilst very satisfied with their win, Norwich will know that they have to exert greater composure to convert their pressure into points particularly in games where they do not enjoy such forward dominance.

Andy Micklethwaite

 

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First win under new coach Lee Parry

 

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