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Match Report

Dereham 1st XV 41 Norwich AXV 5

10/11/2019

Dereham 1st XV 41 Norwich AXV 5

A strong looking AXV side travelled to Dereham for this game.  This was a fourth placed side against the AXV who are currently sitting bottom of the league.

We were hoping that Lady Luck and a strong looking squad might catch Dereham off guard. The first period was fairly even punctuated by scrums. Dereham were dominant in the early exchanges, except from a couple of hooks against the head by Simon Vavasour.

Dereham were worthy of the lead when it came. A break down the left saw the Dereham player run virtually unopposed through the Norwich back line to score a converted try under the posts.  7 – 0

Two more tries followed in relatively quick succession, one converted and the other not. 19 – 0.

Norwich had a reasonable spell after the restart, numerous phases and good carries saw them up on the Dereham line. A series of penalties kept them there. However they were unable to find a way through and a penalty let Dereham clear their lines.

The kick was superb and saw Dereham 15 metres out. Dereham edged closer to the Norwich line , through some 6 phases Norwich held out until finally Dereham breached  the Norwich wall out wide for an unconverted try. 24 – 0
Half Time


As the second half began, Norwich looked more assured and after another period of pressure deep in the Dereham half, Norwich’s stalwarts started to take the toll of the heavy play. Simon Vavasour went off, as did Mike Phillips and Stephen Carter , who were both replacements.

Then young full back Lewis Tray took a knock to the head in the build up to a Dereham’s forwards try and Norwich were out of substitutes. Dereham sportingly offered Norwich one of their own players and the game continued at 15 a side.

Dereham scored 3 more tries in the second half, one converted. 41 – 0


With minutes remaining Norwich set up their best move of the game, the ball from a scrum, from Will Wise, to Will Mulligan saw the influential Karolis play in, I think Matt Powell, I couldn’t see the number. The Dereham loan player tried and succeeded in using his shoulder to keep Powell from touch.Powell offloaded and the ball was kept in play.

The ball moved swiftly from the left to the right hand side and the age defying Will Gant went over out wide on the left. No conversion.  41 – 5

With a few muted calls of... We only wanted 5 anyway, this good-natured contest ended.


Dereham are a great club and we have always enjoyed fierce contests here through the years. This game was about the game of rugby and what that means, giving players a good workout and Norwich were no way as bad as the score line suggests.

The positives to take from this are that Luke Furness returned to rugby for the first time in two years and his presence saw us not lose a single line out, Dereham didn’t contest in the second half, and his tackling was also welcomed back to the team.

The front row of Julian Edwards, Simon Vavasour and Simon Elvin all did well.  With Elvin as the apprentice he can learn a lot from these two pass masters. The ever ready pairing of Will Gant and Mark Walton shored up the pack.

I personally also noticed a lot of hard running and tackling from our biggest try threat, Karolis Laipienis. One for the future I think.

The right team won. However never did the AXV give up , they fought for everything . This is the spirit that needs to continue.

Thanks to the Referee, to Dereham Rugby Club and their staff.


Squad in number order : Julian Edwards, Simon Vavasour, Simon Elvin, Mark Walton, Will Gant, George Holdgate, Luke Furness, Hayden Francis, Will Wise, Will Mulligan, Matt Powell, Karolis Laipienis , Tage Wells, Rob Stocks, Lewis Tray.
Substitutes. Mike Phillips, Stephen Carter plus the Dereham Lad.


Graham Furness

 
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