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Match Report

Norwich 40 Harlow 0

06/04/2019

Norwich 40 Harlow 0

Norwich ended their League season in fourth place, with a convincing win against Harlow who are now relegated.
The opening passages found Norwich attacking with their now familiar early game intensity but failing to capitalise on some promising moves.

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The visitors tried to keep the ball in hand and ran the ball back at Norwich. From one of these moves, on halfway, Rob Micklethwaite intercepted a pass, leaving him with a clear run to the line to open Norwich’s account. Theo Elliott added the conversion.

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Norwich’s next score came from their dominant scrum, after working their way upfield with a succession of penalties when Harlow were repeatedly penalised for not listening to what the referee was telling them.

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From a 5 metre scrum Norwich drove Harlow over the line and Dave Micklethwaite, playing at 8, dropped on the ball, the kick was missed 12:0

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Harlow played with grit and determination throughout and, following a poor handling of the restart ball, took advantage and pressured the Norwich line for the first time in the game but Norwich managed to scramble their defence and clear their lines.

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Norwich worked their way to the Harlow 10 metre line when winger and Man of the Match, Adam Huggins came off his wing and cut a superb line through the centre of the Harlow defence and tore through to score.

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The conversion took the score to 19:0. As half time loomed, Harlow, having been warned about their penalty count, lost one player to the bin for not releasing the tackled player. At the same time, Norwich lost Jonny Wheater to injury for the remainder of the game.

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As Norwich kept the pressure up, Harlow lost their 9 to the bin as well for playing the ball on the ground. Norwich opted to scrum the ball on the 10 metre line, worked it out to the right where Huggins and Rud Gant took it up, before it was recycled back the other way where Dave Micklethwaite found himself with acres of space and a long pass to his brother Rob, put him in for his second try.  A good conversion from Elliott ended the half on 26:0

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The second half started with a superb solo try from Huggins on the right wing, who sidestepped forwards and brushed off the attentions of the backs that tried to stop him, scoring  wide out on the right. Another excellent kick from Elliott took the score to 33:0

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Despite Harlow giving it their all, until the final whistle, the game become slower and errors started to creep into the Norwich game as concentration wavered. They did, however get one more try with 27 minutes left to play, from a 5 metre scrum when Dave Micklethwaite dropped onto the ball again, as the scrum went over the line. Elliot landed the kick. 40:0

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The objective for Norwich in the latter stages, was not to concede any points which they achieved despite Harlow breaking through, but a last ditch tackle by Rob Micklethwaite pulled the ball carrier down, short of the line and Norwich cleared.  They maintained their record as the best defensive side in the League, by 38 points, once all the results were in.

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Harlow lost a player to a red card for foul play just before the end of the game, as their frustration boiled over.

Norwich now have three weeks off to prepare for their toughest game of the season against high-flying North Walsham from London 1 North, in the Norfolk Cup Final on the 4th May.

Many thanks to our mascots and ballboys/girls.

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