Campion 17, Norwich 15

Dave Micklethwaite's last minute try narrowly failed to salvage a draw for Norwich as Jonny O'Brien was unable to make the difficult conversion with the last kick of a frustrating match.

Campion only lost by 5-0 to runway London 3NE champions Holt earlier in the season, so Norwich knew their league position was no guide to their strength.

They should not, however, have needed to rely on the high-pressure late effort as they had ample opportunity to make the possession and territory that they enjoyed in the second half count.

A depleted side became embroiled in a dogfight that better suited Campion's style.

Campion were first on the board when they disrupted a Norwich scrum in front of the posts and a simple pick up and drive to the line opened the scoring. The easiest of conversions followed.


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A second try followed from a line-out five metres out as the backs successfully attacked the inside channel to score another converted try near the posts.

Norwich were reduced to 14 men when captain Jonny Wheater received a yellow card. And from the resulting penalty Campion scored what transpired to be their last points of the day. The one man disadvantage did not last long as a Campion player joined Wheater in the sin bin having thrown a punch.

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Norwich enjoyed a decent amount of territory and possession, but were guilty of trying to rush to eat into the 17-point deficit knowing that another score from the home side would probably put the game out of reach.

There was no score before the half-time talk from the coaches, which energised a Norwich side who also had the slope in their favour.

Five minutes after the restart the recovery began. A sliced kick was not dealt with by Campion and Norwich produced the most attractive passage of play of the game leading to Dave Micklethwaite beating the last defender to score under the posts. Jonny O'Brien converted.

Norwich continued to pressure and were rewarded with a penalty 35 metres out which O'Brien slotted well.

Campion rarely got back into the Norwich half for the rest of the game but Norwich could not score again until the last minute.

Even when Campion lost a player to the bin for dissent the advantage was short-lived as 18-year-old Norwich second row substitute Aaron Nicholson was harshly yellow carded for not releasing the ball with his first touch.

Norwich spent the remainder of the game hammering the Campion defence.

Their pack were unlucky not to score following a rolling maul which they drove over the line but the referee did not award the try.

The pressure eventually told when a penalty 15 metres out was taken by Joe Srokowski and shipped to the blind side where Dave Micklethwaite forced his way over.

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