Norfolk duo set for first league clash

LONDON 3NE: Norwich entertain Holt tomorrow afternoon for what is sure to be an exciting encounter, with both teams having won their opening games of the campaign and both favouring an open, flowing style of play.

The Norfolk neighbours will be largely unknown to each other on the field, with Holt having been promoted into Norwich's league at the end of last season.

But they will be looking forward to renewing old rivalries, with the hosts welcoming back their popular former player, now coach at Holt, Ed Steed.

Norwich pick from a similar squad to last week with only John Snowling out injured although Paul Micklethwaite's fitness will be assessed nearer to the game following an injury picked up in last week's fixture.

The squad sees the return of influential second row Gareth Leake from injury and the imposing presence of Edwyn van Rooyen, following several years absence, as front row replacement.


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Holt yet again have a large squad to select from.

'I was really pleased with the performance against Newmarket,' said coach Steed.

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'We stuck to our guns and when they came back into the game we didn't get frustrated, we just defended well, soaked up the pressure and then hit back in the second half with a number of scores.'

The Holt line-up is likely to take the same format as last week but with the added selection headache for the coaches of second row Karl Knight being available as is centre Tim Allen and back rows Sam Wright and Dan Watt.

Hat-trick hero from last week Graham Ilsley is a certainty at centre and really showed his class with the running lines he took off fly half Iain Young for his tries.

Ilsley's deputy Richard Justice also put in a powerful display in the backrow as did Ashley Woods, gaining his second man of the match award in as many games.

'One of the reasons for our success last week was our set plays which were dynamic yet secure and we will look to use them to attack Norwich from all areas this Saturday,' said coach Penny Chapman.

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