Norwich 36 Holt 2's 0
The players must have been grateful for the recent rain, as the ground underfoot was a little more sympathetic.
Norwich kicked off against the 14 men of Holt (a 15th player arrived later in the first half ). A Norwich turnover saw the ball worked out to Charlie McConnell, He was stopped just short of the Try line. Scrum half Samuel Furness was the first on the scene and picked up and dived under the bodies to score. It was his first try in competitive adult rugby, Rob Hickford converted. 7 – 0.
The restart ball was fed to Jake Wharton who covered two thirds of the pitch, evading many challenges, to score under the posts. Rob Hickford converted. 14 – 0.
There followed a more even period with Norwich still asking the bulk of the questions, punctuated with a few Holt attacks. Holt play largely a forwards game but the Norwich pack absorbed most of the attempts and what went past them was mopped up by the backs.
Norwich pressed on and from a penalty the ball was kicked out on Holt’s 5 metre line. Norwich won the resulting line out and tried to power over, however some stiff Holt resistance kept them out for a couple of attempts. Finally Jake Wharton picked up and went around the other side of the maul and scored in the corner. No conversion. 19 – 0
The restart ball was worked from right to left , finally a great run from Jason Hynde broke the Holt lines. He spotted Charlie McConnell in close support and popped it to him, Charlie scored to the left of the posts. No conversion. 24 – 0.
Holt had a spell of pressure and it found them 10 metres from the Norwich line with a Norwich scrum. Jake Wharton picked and and went from the back, making considerable distance, finally he released Charlie McConnell again who scored under the posts. Rob converted. 31 – 0. The move of the half saw both forwards and backs involved, the forwards making their way up the field before releasing the backs, with a swift interchange of passes, the ball was with Charlie Orton , who sold a dummy to the last defender before scoring to the left of the posts. No conv.
36 – 0. Half Time
Holt restarted with renewed vigour. The 15th man for Holt was a prop, so his introduction shored up the Holt scrum considerably. The Norwich game plan was to contain Holt and not let them score. Norwich did this and with Holt getting frustrated there was a little indiscipline creeping in as the match wore on.
This game saw a much more Lions type performance, taking the game to the opposition, a confident , honest and well worked game plan. All played well, Viv and Sam Mellor interchanged every 20 minutes effortlessly as both work their way back from injury. Jason, Mark and Simon proved to be an able front row, Ben and Hugo set about their tasks with gusto, Sam M, Viv and Jake limited their breaks, Jake had an outstanding game at 8 , Sam F and Rob worked well as a 9/10 combination.
MCW had a good game, tackling well and having a couple of promising looking runs, the trio of McConnell, Orton and Powell were always dangerous and were a handful all game, Full back Charlie Anthony was rarely troubled. Popey came on for the injured Weaver and did an imperial job and James Maisner coped well with a difficult opponent.
Well done to all today, you stuck to the task, the plan and the win in the end was well deserved. If we can sustain these levels of performance we will start to move up the table.
Captain : Charlie McConnell
M.O.M : Charlie McConnell
Squad : Jason Hynde, Mark Booker, Simon Elvin, Ben Weaver, Hugo Vati, Jake Marshall, Viv Valmiki, Jake Wharton, Sam Furness, Rob Hickford, Matt Cole Wilkins, Charlie McConnell, Charlie Orton, Charlie Anthony, George Pope, James Maisner, Sam Mellor