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Match Report

Ipswich 2's 14 - Norwich 2's 31

06/03/2020

Ipswich 2's 14 - Norwich 2's 31

On a bitterly cold and windy day, a strong lion’s side arrive to waterlogged pitches, at the home of a side we’ve not met before.

Norwich kicked off and as in our two recent  previous games both sides take a while to settle. Norwich begin to dominate possession, from a penalty deep in Ipswich territory, Samuel Furness taps and plays in Matt Selby. He nearly makes the line, Samuel picks up from the base and dives over out wide. Sam Flanaghan makes the difficult conversion. 0 – 7.

Norwich catch the restart and kick to chase onto, Ipswich catch and mark the ball. They kick down to the Norwich 22. Rudyard Herbert Okey catches the ball and sets off, ploughing his way through the Ipswich side to score out wide. No conversion. 0 – 12.

Ipswich fight back and enjoy a good spell in the last 15 minutes.  However Norwich defended valiantly, with 2 minutes left Ipswich breach the Norwich line and convert the try. 7 – 12.

Half Time

I was indisposed when Sam Flanaghan got his unconverted try early in the second half, by the time I returned it was 7 – 17. The Norwich forwards were attacking hard , pressing every play. Norwich receive a penalty about 15 metres out and elect to take a scrum. The Norwich scrum had been dominant all game, winning most against the head.

Rudyard has moved himself closer to the scrum and when the ball hits his hands, he powers over to score near the posts. Sam Flanaghan converts. 7 – 24.

Ipswich get a second wind and attack Norwich for the next 15 minutes. Again valiant defending from Norwich keeps Ipswich largely at bay. A couple of penalties saw Norwich on their own try line and the inevitable try occurred. The difficult conversion was well landed by the Ipswich kicker. 14 – 24.

Norwich are wary of the score and the Ipswich resurgence. A good carry by Jack Walsh helped clear the Norwich lines. Norwich get a penalty moments later for a high tackle on Patryk G. Yet again electing a scrum in the right hand corner. the ball is worked by several forwards towards the left hand flag.
Matt Selby making the ground, before Rudyard picks from the back and clatters over by the left hand corner flag. A brilliant conversion by Sam Flanaghan ties up the extra 2.  14 – 31

Game Ends.

Ipswich 14  -  Norwich 31

Another hat trick for Rudyard Okey Dokey, his 3rd in 3 games. Yet again everyone had a good game. We came for all and we left with all. The difference off playing with a relatively settled side is plain to see. TheLions are now hunting and attacking as a pack.

Ipswich provided tough opposition, have no doubt. Norwich arrived went about the Maskell game plan and were thoroughly worthy winners of this encounter.

Well done Norwich, from bottom of the table to third.

May I thank the referee, who I thought had a superb and balanced hand in a highly competitive game.

Squad in number order. Charlie Jeffries, Matt Selby, Viv Valmiki, Tom Lloyd, Chris Drohan, Llewyn Bailey, Ritchie Riddick, Michael Barber, Samuel Furness, Joe Izzard, Charlie Orton, Charlie McConnell, Sam Flanaghan, Patryk G, Rudyard Herbert Okey.

Subs: ( All used ) Jack Walsh, Luke Furness, Guy Bill

As the clubhouse was so busy no meal was provided and therefore no Man of the Match thing took place.

Graham Furness

 
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