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Match Report

Norwich 5 Watton 37

14/01/2019

Norwich 5 Watton 37

A tough match up shows improvement for the AXV but still plenty of lessons to be learned.
Having suffered a heavy loss in the initial match with Watton earlier this season, the AXV knew full well how much of a challenge they faced.

Starting with the wind in behind them, the AXV showed energy and strength for the first twenty,  in defence they cut down attack after attack and regularly turned over with some excellent pressure and counter rucking. The first score came after several phases of tough battling on both sides. With the desire to inject a little je ne sais quois, fly-half MCW chipped a ball through the Watton back line and whilst it eventually bounced into touch, it did so less than five metres from the try line. Entirely deliberate.


The lineout which followed was deemed ‘not straight’ and Norwich took possession in an excellent attacking position. A scrum followed and number 8 J. Canning picked up off the back of the set piece and went blind. A strong pump of the legs and a powerful drive saw him over in the corner. The kicker sent the ball flying in from the touchline but couldn’t quite make it through the posts. 5-0.

From there Watton upped their intensity and started to string together nice phases and work their way around the Norwich players. Central defence was solid but a combination of poor discipline in spots, and a slight mismatch in fitness saw the visitors over a few times to make the score at half time 17-5.

Norwich still felt very much in the fight and started the second half with renewed energy. Some excellent phases were out together and centre pairing Fry and Tooth made a lot of ground with ball in hand, which helped construct a good platform for the rest of the team to build on.

Unfortunately, Norwich could not build on it enough and despite several close chances the home side didn’t manage to find another score.  Watton however, put on an additional 20 points before the end of the match with well worked breaks down the wing.

Norwich defended well for the most part and made things difficult for the visitors but  the pace and organisation of the away side was too much to keep out.
The whole AXV side had far improved from the previous week and were playing with exceptional grit and strength in both attack and defence.

MOM – Aden Fry for excellent, tireless tackling.
DOD – Mark Walton, for his ears.

Report, MCW

 
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