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Match Report

Norwich AXV 7 Gt Yarmouth Broadland 1st XV 54

04/11/2018

Norwich AXV 7 Gt Yarmouth Broadland 1st XV 54

The AXV faced another in a long line of tough opponents with Broadland 1s paying them a visit at Beeston Hyrne.

Thoroughly eager at the kick off, Norwich started well and put the visitors under pressure early. Strong carries and a dominant forward presence from the home side made things look hopeful.

It wasn't long however, before Broadland showed their strength, stole possession and exploited several gaps with their smart running. Broadland scored first and whilst the AXV didn’t make things easy, the visitors still managed to run in a handful of tries.

It took a long time to rally and the home side were heavily down by half way point. The nature of the AXV however is that heads do not drop and they started the second half with aggression and vigour.

The push and shove of the AXV golden years came in to play and the impressive strength of carriers such as Philippo and Walton saw Norwich upfield and almost all the way through, but for some water tight Broadland defending.

A lengthy period of back and forth saw no score for a good twenty minutes until Broadland managed to capitalise on mistakes made by the home side and saw themselves through again, twice more. Still unwilling to throw in the towel, the AXV tightened up and pushed onwards. Notable carries from pack leader B. Weaver saw metres gained a dozen at a time as he stretched his legs, primed his bulk and charged through several would-be tacklers. Rumour suggests that side-steps were even employed as he travelled through the defensive line – but thoughts from the commentary box are that such whispers simply spiraled into wild fantasy.

A sad culmination, at one point, of Weaver’s strong running was off the back of a lineout-into-a-driving-maul which saw the aforementioned crash over the whitewash but drop the ball over the line, knocking on, missing out on the points and quite frankly feeling rather foolish. (Very brave since he's your employer Matt! P45 in the post - Ed)

The Norwich set piece, it must be said was nothing short of utterly dominant with every home scrum being won and even a healthy handful against the head, line-outs too. It was unfortunate however that the visitors were able to subjugate open play so comprehensively.

Norwich’s only try came from a handsome drive from the forwards after crashing and recycling well throughout the majority of the game, the smart application of Norwich bulk paid dividends and Weaver crashed through to score just by the posts. The kicker duly nudged the extras as it was ‘about time he did something’.

The final score read an unhappy 7-54, foul of favour for the AXV but the score line, it was agreed did not reflect the work rate positive play the hosts managed to execute for large periods of the game.

MOM for Chris Furby who remained perfectly erudite throughout, hair neat and shirt tucked in despite an immense shift in both attack and defence.

DOD for Matt Cole-Wilkin for reasons unknown... Particularly as Ben knocked on, literally at the try line. Frankly the logic escapes this impartial report writer.


Report,
MCW

 
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