Low & Yar 33, Wymondham 5

Wymondham ran into an in-form Lowestoft and Yarmouth team and, despite displaying glimpses of good rugby, were outclassed in all areas.

The hosts came out firing from the off, scored within a minute and never looked like being caught as they stretched their lead in Division 3NE to four points.

From the kick-off a big tackle by Steve Adams on Barry O'Sullivan forced a scrum. Scott Nelson and Marc Thomas went blind down the right and quick ball from Russ Chapman gave Nelson the space to palm off a defender and touch down under the posts for Chapman to convert.

Wymondham came back hard but met a blue defensive wall every time. Josh Fewkes, once Ben Youngs' understudy at Eastern Counties scrum-half, had a superb game in opposition, tackling superbly and making some important breaks. His first major contribution came after Chapman missed a penalty attempt.

From the drop out, Fewkes caught the ball on halfway, drifted past three tacklers and unloaded to Chris Howe for the hooker to storm over by the posts and give Chapman an easy conversion.


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Discipline was an issue early in the second half as petty infringements took the pace out of L&Y's game. However, as soon as they got possession to their big runners like Jake Titterington, Callum Cashman, Howe and Thomas, they were able to work upfield, occasionally showing sublime moments of complete rugby.

A Wymondham clearance found 17-year-old full-back Tom Dare who raced back, fed Fewkes who again ghosted through a number of tackles before quick ball went left for Dave Palmer and Cashman to release Myles McAlone to slip past the last defender and into the corner.

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The fourth try was the most impressive and came from a midfield scrum well into the L&Y half. As for most of the game the hosts dominated, allowing Thomas to break right. Chapman and Dare released Palmer who tore past the defence, found Chapman on the inside, and then two great unloads set the young Dare through for a deserved first try for the first team, converted by Chapman.

With the bonus point in the bag L&Y then relaxed and Pena Sokia managed to wriggle through for an unconverted try from a pile-up near the line. The visitors continued their onslaught until their number eight Soul Pheonix received a harsh red card for backchat. L&Y then killed off the resistance as Thomas was left with a three man overlap and cantered behind the posts for Chapman's last conversion.

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