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Match Report

Wymondham 2's 25 Lions 15

11/11/2021

Wymondham 2's 25 Lions 15

The Lions this week took the short journey to Wymondham with a strong squad for what was always going to be a hotly contested match up. Norwich started well with the back line showing great pace to get through their opposite men, the returning Cam “Tuilagi” Horide bursting through the centres with his younger brother Fraser flooding through to provide great support.

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 The siblings gained metres aplenty before releasing a smart offload to winger Finn “Cokanasiga” Morgan who darted infield and broke ankles with his step before switching on the afterburners to score under the posts. The kicker teed up and in a rare moment of clumsiness shanked the ball left of the uprights. He was promptly relieved of his duties and mocked openly from the side line. 0-5.

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Wymondham hit back after a short while, capitalising on the indiscipline of the visiting side to work their way up field, eventually to slot a three-pointer. They repeated this process twice more and both times managed to convert their field position into a try, barging through the Norwich line after a slow press from the defence. Two tries almost carbon copies, one converted 15-5.

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The rest of the first half was something of an arm wrestle with plenty of scrums taking place and slowing the game up somewhat. Some good running was also present but execution was not the order of the day for either team and very little came of some potentially great plays.

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The second half began and Norwich started well once more with the newly added bulk of Joe O’rourke scoring at about 55 minutes, using swift thinking to pick and go from a ruck whilst the Wymondham guards were still retreating. The new kicker having precious little luck from the tee. 15-10.

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Wymondham once more managed to take advantage of poor discipline from the Norwich players and got themselves on the front foot. The home side’s momentum caused a slip in defence and the home full-back snuck through to score and then convert. 22-10.

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Norwich were determined not to give over to the faults of discipline and a concerted effort to play clinical, clean rugby was suddenly visible. Territory was gained and a camp was set up in the Wymondham twenty-two for the latter stages of the second half, resulting in a fantastic score in the corner from our resident burly Viking, Chris Drohan. The kicker still not finding his swing, score left at 22-15 in the dying minutes.

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The visitors felt the game was still theirs to be won, if possession could just be retained. The momentum was very much with Norwich and the aggression we had been lacking for most of the game was suddenly very present. Unfortunately though, a little too close to the Norwich try-line our discipline faltered again and Wymondham put the game to bed with a penalty with time in the red.

25-15.

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A hard one to take for the Lions who very much felt like the rugby gods were with them. With ill-discipline the issue for the day, reparations will be made in training and mistakes corrected for next week at Beccles.

MOM – Nick Brown for a sensational display of rugby in both attack and defence.

DOD – Luke Furness for handbags and a yellow card.

 
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