Diss and Norwich seek repeat success
DAVID THORPE With North Walsham Vikings having a week off the local rugby spotlight falls this week on the clubs still battling for national knock-out glory.Diss and Norwich, having met in a London League derby last weekend, lead the way in the second round of the EDF Energy Intermediate Cup.
With North Walsham Vikings having a week off the local rugby spotlight falls this week on the clubs still battling for national knock-out glory.
Diss and Norwich, having met in a London League derby last weekend, lead the way in the second round of the EDF Energy Intermediate Cup.
Both play rivals from London Three NE with Diss at home to Brentwood (2pm kick-off), who they defeated in the league only last month, and Norwich away to Romford & Gidea Park.
The Diss team has an experimental look about it with Charlie Davidson coming in at hooker, Ollie Marriot at second row, Liam Brown at centre and Giles West on the wing.
In addition, Josh Williams is on the bench as a further example of players developed through the youth section.
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Should it be needed, experience is available via Messrs Chartier, Cayley and Richard Horne, who make up the rest of the replacements.
Norwich won 27-12 at Romford on the opening day of the season so will be looking to find the perfect antedote to their derby defeat on their return.
Diss have four senior teams playing tomorrow with their Saracens away to Mersea Island Rhinos, their 3rds at Wymondham 2nds and their 4ths also away to Fakenham 2nds.
The EDF Junior Vase throws up a quick reunion for Holt and Fakenham, who met in Eastern Counties action last Saturday.
Holt won that one 15-13 and, again with home advantage, will field a similar side, missing only prop Dave Hudson and flanker Jason Child.
Wymondham go into the unknown with a Junior Vase visit from Essex side Writtle Wanderers.
Unbeaten in Eastern Counties One, Wymondham will have an experimental look tomorrow after deciding to give many regulars a well-earned break.
They stress this is not down to complacency, but to their policy of using cup competitions to develop young players and give playing time to those on the fringes.
Ricky Holt will be hoping to re-establish himself at scrum-half following a long spell out due to work commitments. His understudy, Pat Reed, moves along the back line to his preferred position at fly-half.
Adrian Brand is also hoping to return from injury and may partner Reuben Schroeder in the centres while Alex Brugger, Stuart Lyle and Gavin Shepherd make up the back three.
The forwards will retain Luke Hickey and Josh Reeve, who both need pitch time. They are likely to be joined by Rob Wickes, Tony Wishart and Tom Williams - all returning from injury.
West Norfolk travel to Thurston in the Junior Vase hoping history repeats itself.
A few seasons ago West beat Thurston at the same stage - and they won a hard-fought league match there a few weeks ago.
The tie could see history made when Mark Davenport, a lion-hearted veteran, could well be joined in the second row at some point by his son Sam, making his debut in the senior squad.
Outside the scrum Biggs returns after injury to replace Corlett, who has a damaged ankle.