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Monday, October 22, 2012
North Walsham Vikings remain on top of London 2NE after a six try bonus point win in this derby game.
The first half demonstrated committed Walsham teamwork against heavier and taller opposition. Coach Nick Greenhall was pleased with the way his side had moved the opposition about.
Fly-half Chris Borrett got the opening score on four minutes, with Will Hodgson crossing under the posts for his first.
A short while later Mark McCall made it three after another successful forward driving maul, before Hodgson charged down Bradley Sutherland’s clearing kick, for Shane van Vuuren to add a fourth before the half hour mark.
Henry Dewing converted all four, leaving the Vikings 28-0 ahead at the interval.
Half-time saw influential Lowestoft and Yarmouth full back Sutherland taken off on a stretcher while Walsham’s Kurt Benney replaced an injured Dewing.
L&Y No 8 Marc Thomas was obtaining much good ball in the loose, and Blues centre Tevita Tiueti showed his pedigree with a lightning break through an apparently non- existent gap towards the Walsham line, but he was hauled up short for crossing.
By the middle of the second half the game had become very disjointed, with numerous infringements and unforced errors by both sides disrupting the flow.
Trauma and stoppages added to this, van Vuuren replacing an injured Dean Blyth at scrum-half, Tom Williams coming into the pack and lock Chris Kent moving to the left wing. However, Shawn Cahill was persevering with sharp runs up the other wing and Tom Coller remained peerless in the line-out.
Into the last quarter and Hodgson got his second try, converted by Borrett, before another pick and drive by the forwards went over the line, but the ball was knocked on.
Benney now went to outside half, Borrett dropping to full back, before another forward move featuring Chris Godwin and Andy Tibbatts faltered just short of the goal.
To finish the afternoon, Kent, out wide on the left, threw an outrageous dummy, before running round to score. Borrett was unable to convert.
L&Y director of rugby Matt Jary was philosophical afterwards, saying: “We were beaten by a better side on the day, no question. However in the second half we steadied the ship, showed we could compete and the boys have got to keep their heads up, take heart and learn from the experience. We’ll see what character they have in the way they respond.”