Holt RFC 22 Thetford RUFC 22: Fighting spirits grabs draw in friendly clash
Thetford travelled to Holt for a friendly match and with Holt first team's match being cancelled, no fewer than eight first team players were involved.
The average age for the Thetford side was just 18 years old and Holt's larger and more experienced pack dominated early proceedings, wining lineout ball in the Thetford 22 and using a driving maul to score a try.
With 15 minutes gone Thetford found themselves 15-0 down and just as they began to gain there composure the Holt number eight scored near the posts and the conversion was added, leaving the score at 22-0 at the break.
However, Thetford started the second half in determined mood and straight away scored a well worked try after Wilson passed to fly-half Briggs in space, who drew his opposite number before a deft pass to Cotton who crashed over in the corner.
The fitness of Thetford was evident as Holt slowed the game down but Briggs' decision-making at fly-half opened up the Holt defence and full-back Gardiner benefited as he ran in to score in the corner.
Holt reverted back to trying to keep the ball with their forwards but an error resulted in Wilson thinking quickly to pass out to Briggs, who in turn fed Fitt on the crash ball, although tackled his offload to Clarke put the centre through with only the Holt full-back to beat and Clark drew his man before passing out to Gardiner at full pace to score a well worked try.
With the conversion added, Thetford were back in the game, and another mistake from Holt in midfield allowed Thetford to attack at pace, to result in winger Malik sprinting home to score the fourth Thetford try of the day and grab a hard-earned 22-22 draw.