Holt 30 Norwich 7
Has anyone ever had that déjà vu feeling, well I had it this morning, certainly as far as the weather and playing conditions were concerned as I walked towards the clubhouse at Holt Rugby club.
It certainly hadn’t improved much in the four weeks that had passed since our last visit. However everyone was upbeat and ready for a morning of good rugby and attitude from two well-matched sides.
After their normal warm up drills both sides took to the field for the start of the mornings play.
Unfortunately due to illness and other commitments Norwich were only able to field 14 players, Holt graciously agreed to play with 14 players also.
Norwich kicked off to start the game, from the off our boys played with a high intensity with great power up the centre of the pitch, runs from Alex, Alfie, Alvin and Bradley opening up Holt's defence.
For the first 15-20 minutes of the first half some brilliant rucking by the forward pack maintained the dominance in Norwich’s favour, this led to some very nice movement of the ball out from the centre to our wing where on this occasion Theo was waiting for the ball who was able to power up the wing and cross the opponents try line for the first try of the morning, which was nicely converted by Alfie.
Unfortunately Jake during a minor clash received a cut to the bridge of his nose, which meant he would take no further part in the morning’s proceedings, thank you to Serena and Tracey who assisted me with the dreaded steri strips.
Not being able to make any substitutions meant that we went a man down and Holt made use of the extra player moving the ball out of the centre to their wings where just before halftime were able to secure two tries in quick succession.
At halftime the score was Holt 10 – 7 Norwich.
Being a man down at the restart opened the game and allowed Holt to optimise the gaps, which inevitably appeared during an extremely hard fought game between the forward packs.
And whilst Norwich worked hard to reduce the deficit it eventually became too difficult to rebuff a well-drilled Holt side that justifiably took advantage of their numerical superiority.
Using the full width of the pitch and moving the ball out from the centre Holt were able to score a further four tries which ultimately put the game out of reach of Norwich.
That said the Norwich boys continued to play in the manner in which we have come to expect throughout the season, playing hard with commitment, intensity and purpose.
The final score was Holt 30 – 7 Norwich, whilst this would suggest that we were out played I would suggest that this is not a fair reflection of the game as a whole which was very competively played between to hard working sides.
Some excellent performances all the boys throughout the morning’s play, but especially Arthur who played at scrum half and who worked tirelessly securing and delivering the ball throughout the game and Seb who for all his efforts during the match was nominated our ‘man of the match’.
Although not the result you deserved guys a superb performance by everyone in challenging conditions, well done.