Impressive Norwich go marching on

NORWICH 40, CAMPION 5: Norwich continued in their winning ways on Saturday with a convincing victory over the side one place below them in the table.

Early on Norwich were quickly into their stride, with both centres Dougie Greenwood and Scott Hancocks making inroads in the visitors' defence. A break by Greenwood should have brought a score but the support was not there and the visitors, using the wind, found themselves in the Norwich half for the first time in the match.Norwich had to resort to some desperate defence to provide relief.

After 12 minutes Hancocks made a superb break, beating several defenders to go over by the posts for a great individual try which full-back Rob Micklethwaite had no trouble in converting.

Norwich were gradually getting on top and it was no surprise when 10 minutes later fly-half John Wheater went over for Norwich after a lovely break by scrum-half Josh Ives. Again Micklethwaite added the conversion to put Norwich well in control.

The Norwich defence held up well against anything the opposition were throwing at it, with the back row making important tackles, and the forwards were dominant in the set pieces, giving former North Walsham scrum-half Phil Friel a hard time.

Two more tries before half-time confirmed Norwich's superiority, one scored by right wing John Coltman after good work by Freddie Cook which was not converted, and another by Wheater, who made the initial break and took a return pass from Hancocks.

That was Norwich's fourth try which Micklethwaite converted to give the home side a 26-0 lead at the interval.

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Norwich in truth wrapped the game up just after half-time with another Coltman try straight from the training ground when the right wing took an inside ball from Wheater after a successful line-out to score under the posts which again Micklethwaite converted.

The middle period of the game was really rather dull as Norwich took their foot off the pedal, seemingly content with what they had done.

There was some pretty aimless kicking from both sides and if anything Norwich were guilty of letting their opponents back in the game. The defence was excellent however, with replacement Ethan Trebble-Westlake in the back row making his debut and a telling contribution. The UEA student will certainly provide competition in the back row.

Campion got a consolation try after half an hour when their No 8 crashed over from a short penalty. Friel could not add the conversion.

The final act of the game belonged to Norwich. The ball was moved wide and found Cook in the unlikely position of left wing. The Norwich second row looked the part as he stood up his opposite number beat him on the outside to score half way out. Micklethwaite added the conversion to round off a fifth successive victory.