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Norwich 33 Ipswich 24
Norwich 33 Ipswich 24
Norwich ended up with a bonus point win at Beeston Hyrne on Saturday but at one stage it looked as though they had thrown away a healthy half time lead and the game with it. Norwich led at the break 21-7 thanks to an early Theo Elliott penalty after 7 minutes.
This was followed with a sustained period of Norwich pressure which ended with prop Matt Selby going over half way out with Elliott adding the extras. Elliott then added another penalty a superb effort from 45 metres to make the score 13-0 to Norwich.
Ipswich hit back almost immediately with a great break down the middle which split the Norwich defence and was finished off by right wing Tawanda Akendemwa who caused problems for Norwich all afternoon. Fly-half Tim Mann added the conversion.
After half an hour Elliott added another penalty but missed an easier chance moments later. Just before half time Norwich scored a lovely try when the ball was spread wide and left wing Conan Hoey went over but the conversion was missed.
Norwich appeared to be in control at the start of the second half and were quickly encamped in the Ipswich 22 but an awkward bounce from a kick out of defence eluded the Norwich defence and that man Akendemwa fastened onto the ball and there was no catching him as he went over under the posts for Mann to add the easy conversion.
Ipswich were soon on level terms when it looked as though Norwich were about to score under the posts but the difficult pass was dropped . Ipswich took advantage of the mistake and were soon in the Norwich 22. They were awarded a penalty which they took quickly catching the Norwich defence napping and scored near the post.
Mann added the conversion and Ipswich were level 21-21. The feeling on the touchline was that the momentum had definitely swung in the visitors’ favour. Norwich had other ideas . They got back into opposition territory and secured possession which they retained with great patience which had been lacking earlier. From there they moved the ball wide and Rudyard Gant on the right wing went over in the corner to restore the lead. The conversion was missed.
Ipswich then went back and kicked a penalty to reduce the lead to two points.
Report - Chris Gillham
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