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Match Report

Norwich 26 Thurrock 20


Norwich 26 Thurrock 20

There is an excellent live stream video of this match courtesey of Thurrock RFC on the link below:



The was a buzz of nervous anticipation amongst the Norwich faithful on Saturday. The coaching team had labeled the game as a must-win and Norwich were buoyed the return of Tom Lloyd, Mo Chisholm and Dave Micklethwaite.

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Norwich started brightly and twice they threatened the Thurrock line in the opening ten minutes however some handling errors and a lack of patience were their undoing.

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They opened the scoring in spectacular fashion with a preplanned move involving Theo Elliot and Jake Wharton where Ollie Emanuel made a break upfield, fixed the defender to put Stuart Martin into space and he finished with his usual aplomb under the posts, the try was converted by Theo Elliot.

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Thurrock struck back quickly and two Norwich penalties saw them defending a 15 metre lineout. Going blind with a pre-planned move, they set up a driving maul and  Frank Wright scored. Matt Siddall missed the conversion but soon made amends as further Norwich indiscipline gave Siddall the chance to take three points.

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Norwich were down but not out however. With an attacking lineout on 5 metres, Norwich made a mess of it but Thurrock could not hang onto the ball as they hit the ground allowing Dave Micklethwaite to clean up on the floor and go down the  blind side, feeding Matt Selby who went over in the corner.


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The second half started brightly for Norwich, constant pressure saw the defence spread thinly, Ollie Emanuel fed Conan Hoey and a good offload saw Jake Wharton score near the posts, Elliot converted and Norwich had their tails up. From the restart, a width of the pitch movement saw Stuart Martin break from inside his own half to return the favour of the first try by passing to Ollie Emanuel who went in under the posts.

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Norwich then allowed Thurrock back into the game and from another five mete lineout a well set driving maul saw Anthony Catchpole score an unconverted try. Again Norwich had to defend and try saving tackles from Lewy Bailey and Vivek Valmiki kept the line intact.

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In the last play of the match Thurrock forced their way over from a five metre scrum to leave Norwich as winners 26-20. Norwich were pleased with the win but will be disappointed to have allowed Thurrock back into the game.   

Report - David Bailey

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