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RFU Vase - Norwich 17 Hitchin 27
RFU Vase - Norwich 17 Hitchin 27
Norwich were not at full strength on Saturday but this was a below par performance in the RFU Vase competition against a very lively Hitchin side who soon demonstrated that they had not travelled to make up the numbers. Norwich did not help themselves by coughing up possession 3 times in the first 5 minutes which immediately put the visitors very much in the game. They led after 8 minutes with a penalty goal from full back Jack Peachey who kicked excellently throughout.
Jordi Walker caught
Despite obvious superiority in the tight scrums Norwich could not convert this into points not helped by missing a comparatively simple penalty after 15 minutes. The Norwich back division without Nick Austin and the highly influential Doug Greenwood could not get going as much as Jonny Wheater playing out of position in the centre tried to rally them.
Aaron Swanborough's presence in the front row brought great stability to the scrum
It was no surprise when Hitchin increased their lead with a try by second row Nick Panton after a short penalty was quickly taken. Peachey kicked a superb conversion to put the visitors 10 points up.
Jonny Wheater deep in the Hitchin 22
After half an hour Norwich replaced fly half Chris Parrot by moving Wheater to fly half Jordi Walker into the centre and bringing on Andy Webb on the wing. This galvanised Norwich and they started to put the opposition under some pressure but still had difficulty hanging onto possession. From a lost lineout Hitchin increased their lead when Peachey went over half way out and then converted his own try.
Ross Adnitt powers forward on an advantage call
Again Norwich came back into the game and were unlucky not to be given a penalty try when first Hitchin no 8 Robert Vivian was yellow carded for persistent infringing and was followed shortly afterwards to the bin by scrum half Heinrich Schlehmeyer. However with Hitchin depleted Norwich managed a pushover try just before half time but the conversion was missed to make the score 5-17 to the visitors at the break.
No way through for Jordi Walker
Norwich brought on JC Brown at scrum half for the second half with Clark Hindle going to the right wing in place of Ben Liddiard. After 10 minutes veteran Simon Vavasour came on at hooker and Stuart Seppings came on in the second row with Ross Adnitt going to prop and Simon Darby dropping back to no 8. This certainly did not weaken Norwich and they continued to disrupt the Hitchin srummage but could not make it count.
Hitchin were by now back to having a full complement and when Norwich conceded a free kick just inside the opposition’s half they scored a good try moving the ball wide for left wing James Larman to outpace the cover. Peachey missed the conversion. They wrapped up the game after half an hour when Panton was allowed to run down the left hand touchline and score in the corner after some very poor tackling. Again the conversion was missed.
Mark Fernie in determined mood. If you can spot Dave Micklethwaite in this photo it's fair to say his camouflage jacket doesn't work!
Norwich added two late tries one another pushover credited to Simon Darby and converted by Brown and another in the dying moments when from a quickly taken free kick flanker Laurence Austin went over in the corner with Brown just missing the difficult conversion. The final whistle went soon afterwards leaving Norwich to concentrate on next week’s tough league game away to Canvey Island.
Report - Chris Gillham
"I'll be back in a minute Vav, I'm off to check the competition rule book, I'm sure there must be an upper age limit applicable"
Thanks to the mascot and ballboys, great job lads
And now for the nonsense bits...
JC Brown's gym work has resulted in him believing that his legs are now massive and ripped with muscle in a Schwarzenegger sort of way. The President required a vote to be taken as to whether there was any evidence to support his claim. Henceforth he shall be known as 'Sparrow - legs'.
JC also received his 1st XV tie today which will be covered in team news.
And so to the Luke Everitt 'Egg Roulette'. Those that found they had drawn the raw eggs were...
Luke Everitt (justice!)
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