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Match Report

Norwich 41 Epping Upper Clapton 14


Norwich 41 Epping Upper Clapton 14

Norwich left their best rugby until late in the game once again as a determined and spirited Epping Upper Clapton side made them work hard for their points.

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Nick Austin

They extended the period before they conceded points from a minute to about 10 before Epping got their noses in front.
Flyhalf Dan Jones was fed the ball from a midfield scrum and he danced his way through some weak tackles to score under the posts with the try converted.

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Nathan Wilson

Norwich fought back fairly quickly when the ball went wide to the right with debutant winger and man of the match Mike Lawton receiving the ball with little space in which to work. He chipped ahead, re-gathering his own kick and running the ball under the posts. Theo Elliott kicked the points.

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Mike Lawton, debutant, hat trick scorer and man of the match

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Mike Lawton scores to the approval of Gareth leake

The Norwich performance looked very promising at times but handling errors, ambitious miss-passes and a failure to look after the ball all resulted in them struggling to make their pressure count.
Norwich managed to take the lead with an Elliott penalty, a lead that they held onto until half time.

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Laurence Austin

The start of the second half was a similar disjointed affair with Norwich perhaps guilty of trying to play too much rugby and the determined Epping defence disrupting the moves.
Epping were protecting the ball better when they had it and their backs looked sharp and threatening with ball in hand.

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Nathan Wilson and Phil Buckley combine

A Norwich clearance kick from within their 22 was charged down and resulted in a 5 metre scrum to the visitors as Norwich scrambled their defences on the line. The ball was worked round the side of the scrum and recycled for  Mitch Sinfield  to go over for a deserved try that was converted, leaving the home side 4 in arrears.

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Si Darby

Norwich finally got into their stride,  looking sharper and more determined as the Epping players began to tire. After a sustained period of pressure on their own line, Epping’s scrum half  Archie Unstead was sent to the sin bin for deliberately slapping down a Norwich pass.

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Jonny Wheater

Norwich used their numerical advantage well and worked the ball from the scrum out to the left where Elliott dummied the pass and touched down himself, converting his own score.

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Theo Elliott scores

Norwich then ruthlessly killed the game off and from the kick off Nathan Wilson made good ground, offloading to Dave Micklethwaite who bounced his way through several tackles giving Norwich some momentum, the ball eventually finding its way to Lawton again who went over in the corner and ran round to the posts to score.

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Matt Selby

Lawton capped an excellent debut and secured the bonus point with another try shortly afterwards when a rather aimless short chip kick from Epping was caught by Norwich and worked through the hands to Lawton who again crossed in the corner and ran it in under the posts.

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Dave Micklethwaite

Norwich scored again with a splendid cross-field kick by Elliott that found Chris Parrott in the 5 metre channel out on the right, who caught it and dived over. The conversion was missed.

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Chris Parrott scores

The final score of the game came from a good run down the centre of the field by flanker Jake Wharton but the ball went loose. Replacement back Rob Micklethwaite was on hand to kick it forward twice and beat the Epping cover to pounce on it underneath the posts. Elliott converted to end the match.

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Rob Micklethwaite gets the final try

Many thanks to our mascot and ballboys, top job guys. There are some more photos on the Facebook page but we'll put a few samples here.

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Two awards this week...

The 'empathetic wince' award when your mate gets clattered and you feel his pain - Chris Parrott

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The 'Statler and Waldorf' award goes to Winkle and Peggo

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and some more photos

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Jake Wharton

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Mike Lawton

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Theo Elliott

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Jonny Payne

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Matt Selby and Phil Buckley

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