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Match Report

Norwich AXV 12 Lowestoft & Yarmouth 2's 5

06/12/2018

Norwich AXV 12 Lowestoft & Yarmouth 2's 5

The AXV break a painful streak with a hard fought victory over Lowestoft & Yarmouth
With drizzle and grey skies, it was apt rugby weather and the AXV were chomping at the bit, positively awash with excitement. The warm up was good, if a little slow and stern discussions were had regarding a need to start with intensity.  

Sadly attacking wise this wasn’t overly present for the AXV during the first half. Defence was solid, admirable even, but attack seemed to fall short of clinical when it came to the execution. Still, great showing of pace and ability came from the likes of D. Johnson on the wing and powerful carries were made by B.Weaver and S. Elvin, both showing early and continuous intent.

Defence was almost watertight, with first up tackles being made to good effect. L&Y had very little answer but to crash against the brick-wall of the red-green-and-gold and were rebuffed time innumerate, even within inches of the whitewash.

Finally the visitors manage to burst through the wall a dangerous breakaway run from their Hooker, a couple of missed tackles later and they put down for five, no conversion. 0-5.

Norwich were determined to hit back and spent the remaining moments of the half bashing their way up field, putting enormous pressure on the visitors and edging ever closer to scoring. The whistle went, however and Norwich would have to wait.

After the restart the AXV were nothing short of fiery. L&Y were doing a good job of putting the home side under pressure in open play and so mistakes meant the home side needed to adapt – the attacking play turned to more of a push-and-shove from the forwards. This negated any clumsiness or hurried play from the excitable backs and meant the visitors would have to work hard to soak up the serious pressure being applied.

The pack found themselves near the visiting try line and after an excellent show of strength, Simon Elvin bullied his way  over for a try, somewhere far right of the posts. The kicker, having to take the kick from the far end of the A11, was dubious. However by some square-shaped miracle he struck cleanly and lofted the ball into a generous gust of wind which sent it between the sticks for the extras. 7-5.

The rest of the game was tight, but again Norwich’s defence was resolute. Huge hitters like A. Fry and C. Furby cutting down attackers by the score. Crafty old heads like M. Walton effecting wonderful turnovers to rob L&Y of several chances and Ben 'The Bulldozer' Weaver crashing through time and time again to leave the visitors scrambling.

One brief moment, worthy of note was when a visiting flyer broke through the centre of the pitch and looked clear to score had he just crossed the remaining twenty metres. Alas in an act, most out of character, resident prima donna MCW chased back for the cover tackle and executed it with grace and panache. Many charitable superlatives were used to describe the act but he shook it off insisting “its what I do...”

A strong minute into red time the forwards found their way up field and close to the line thanks to some remarkable running from newbie J. Maisner who trucked upfield, outfoxed a few defenders and was felled only a metre or two short. Upon regathering of the ball S. Elvin was dragged over by way of an excellent driving maul and put the game to bed with the last try of his brace. Sadly the kicker was utterly mediocre in his attempt here... And missed.

MOM: contenders such as Fry and Weaver for powerful work throughout but the award goes to the double try-scorer, S. Elvin.
DOD: M Barber... For obvious offences...

Report, MCW.

 
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