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Match Report

Norwich 19 Beccles 16

15/12/2012

Norwich 19 Beccles 16

This was a game Beccles should have won but Norwich with their outstanding defence in the second half when they were very much under the cosh were rewarded with the points which secured their position at the top of the table.

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JC Brown about to pass

Beccles in conceding 4 early penalties allowed Norwich to get on the front foot in the early stages. JC Brown Norwich’s young scrum half took quick tap from a penalty  to see the ball spread wide but  the chance was butchered  with a poor pass to second row Simon Darby who would have scored.

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Dougie Greenwood charges at the defence

Beccles then made their first visit into Norwich territory and were rewarded after 16 minutes with a penalty converted by Luke Wade. Their lead was not theirs for long as Norwich in a sweeping move scored the best try of the game with the ball being moved right and then quickly recycled left for left wing Jordi Walker to race in under the posts. Brown added the simple conversion to give Norwich the lead 7 – 3.

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Man of the Match David Byrne

Minutes later another sweeping movement which was kept alive by a deft pass from centre Dougie Greenwood saw right wing Jay O’Brien put away to go over halfway out. The conversion was missed.
Beccles did not help their cause when forward Paul Wilson was yellow carded straight from the restart for barging off the ball. At this stage it was all Norwich who seemed able to carve openings at will and it was no surprise when fly half Nick Austin wriggling out of a couple of tackles went over under the posts with Brown having no trouble with the easy conversion.

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Nick Austin supported by younger brother Lawrence.

It was to Beccles everlasting credit that they came back at Norwich and were rewarded with a penalty which Wade converted to make the score 19 – 6. Despite getting a second yellow card Beccles managed a good try scored on the short side by their fly half after Norwich had been marched back 10 metres after a free kick was awarded against them.

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Norwich hit up through the phases out of defence.

The try was scored  from the subsequent penalty which was taken quickly. It was not converted but it gave Beccles the fillip they needed just before half time when Norwich were threatening to run away with the game.

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The battle of the 7s

The turning point for Norwich came just after the interval when influential no 8 for Norwich David Byrne was yellow carded for what looked like an accidental trip. Norwich were immediately under pressure and with Beccles restored to a full complement Norwich were forced to defend their line desperately.

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Ross Adnitt and Mark Fernie set up the drive

After 16 minutes Beccles reduced the arrears with a well taken try which they richly deserved but they could not manage the conversion. At this stage the visitors looked the likely winners with Norwich hanging on by their finger nails.

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Beccles pile on the pressure

Norwich’s cause was not helped by the fact that every time they got into enemy territory they either coughed up possession or gave away a penalty so they were forced to defend which at the end of the day they did very well to secure the points  which kept them at the top of the table.

Report - Chris Gillham

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Scott Hancocks who had to leave the field injured. 

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Dougie Greenwood

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Norwich hang on by their finger nails in the dying minutes

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Beccles President Huw Caine and Norwich President Andy Ball flank Phil Adams

The Norwich players were impressed and honoured that Huw stayed behind to take part in the Norwich 'Court' session and together with Panda Warnes submitted themselves to be judged by 'Hanging Judge' Loveday. A good crack, we look forward to the return match.

On the subject of the court it was the view of the press that Jordi Walker was harshly judged to be the 'most Norfolk' player in the team given the presence in the team of Mike Hindle. Nonetheless, Jordi was fairly judged for the crimes of not realising that Dave Byrne was Irish or that the Austin brothers were..er...brothers! 

One award this week...

Bad Mohican of the week award goes to Ross Adnitt

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Have a great Christmas everyone, see you in 2013.

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