Get set for another Norwich-Ipswich derby with a different shaped ball!

Norwich press for a late equaliser at Sudbury. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite

Norwich press for a late equaliser at Sudbury. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite - Credit: Archant

There is another big East Anglian derby this weekend, with Norwich and Ipswich doing battle with the oval ball at Beeston Hyrne.

Norwich will be looking to put the disappointment of the 22-15 defeat at Sudbury behind them against an Ipswich side who enjoyed a 27-20 home win against Old Cooperians last time out.

The hosts go into the match fourth in the London 2NE table after four wins and two defeats, while their visitors have won twice and lost four times.

Si Darby's prowess at the line-out was missed last week but he is still injured. Rob Micklethwaite should be on the bench if he is passed as fit but Nick Austin is out, having been injured in last week's game.

Jonny Wheater is therefore moved in to 12, with the adaptable Mike Lawton coming in at 13. With Robbie Bridgstock and Peter Hosking both unavailable, Jonny Payne comes back in at nine and Ryan Bigland and Jack Walsh complete the bench.

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'With the benefit of hindsight we gave Sudbury too much respect last week and this showed in our first-half performance as we struggled to build phases and get into the game,' said coach Jonny O'Brien. 'In the second half we showed more belief and started threatening Sudbury's defence but it was too little, too late.

'On a positive note I was very pleased with our defence, I thought that was excellent throughout against a strong attacking side. The players are looking forward to being back at Beeston Hyrne where we look to keep our unbeaten run going. It should be a good battle.'

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