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Match Report

Norwich 7 Eton Manor 56

27/11/2021

Norwich 7 Eton Manor 56

In Eton Manor, Norwich came up against the strongest and most complete team they have yet faced. Weak tackling allowed the visitors superior back line to score far more points than they should have, to finish with a score of 7-56.

After two early tries from the visitors, caused by missed tackles out wide, Norwich pulled one back when prop Josh Stuart charged down a clearance kick from a 5 metre maul and dropped on the ball.  The conversion from Conan Hoey went over.

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The large Eton Manor pack used their scrum and driving maul to good effect, gaining ground frequently and using their powerful number 8 Dave Ogufere as their primary runner.

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Although struggling to halt the driving mauls and with their lineout being unreliable in the strong wind, the Norwich pack stood toe to toe with the visitors and tackled extremely well.

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Their cause was not helped though, after 15 minutes, when Norwich lost Jack Walsh, playing well at 8, who left the field with a shoulder injury.

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With five Eton Manor tries scored in the first half, Norwich had the chance to pull one back on the stroke of half time but their driving maul from a lineout was held up and the visitors went in 7:27 at the break.

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Norwich knew they were in for a tough second half as they faced into the strengthening wind and rain. From a good Eton Manor wind-assisted kick to the corner, the Norwich lineout failed and the visitors picked it off at the front, mauling it over into the corner.

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With the strong wind Norwich struggled to clear their lines and Eton Manor continued to pick off tries, some through good play, some through weak tackling to finish 7-56 at the close. Norwich had good passages of play once again but failed to make them count.

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