North Walsham turn on the style to thump Ipswich and end the year on a high note
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North Walsham ended 2014 on a high, comprehensively demolishing lowly Ipswich.
The Vikings were 21-0 up at half-time and then turned on the style with seven tries in a rampant second half display.
As ever the foundations for the win were laid by the forwards. They were first to the breakdowns, recycling quickly, and Tom Coller, Ryan Oakes and Matty Norfolk-Clarke controlled the lineouts with Ipswich going backwards at most scrums.
It was a wonderful display by the whole team, in which they kept things simple and did the basics well.
Walsham took an early lead when Chris Borrett darted over from 20 metres, Dewing converting. The Vikings, with John Younie, Borrett and James Knight making some particularly incisive runs, were in complete control, running the ball at every opportunity and spurning kickable penalty opportunities. On 15 minutes, after sustained pressure, Norfolk-Clarke was driven over from a five metre lineout for a converted try.
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For the next 20 minutes the hosts virtually camped in Ipswich's 22 with a monopoly on possession, but the tries did not come. Ipswich's defence was outstanding but the Vikings' handling and passing was poor and they missed scoring opportunities.
Knight went 50 metres on a marauding run, twice they retained possession through at least 15 phases of play and a driving maul went 25 metres.
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Close to half-time, with frustration surfacing, the Vikings got their third try. After some slick passing Chris Godwin powered through two defenders to score in the corner and Dewing converted.
The half ended with Ipswich again pinned on their line after Pieter Claussen and Rhys Davies-Horne caught a defender in possession following a neat kick from Borrett. Given the Vikings' dominance the half-time score was disappointing but the best was yet to come.
The home side upped the tempo in the second half and found their ball handling skills. With Chalk Hill Brewery man-of-the-match Godwin in the vanguard they poured forward, getting quick ball with support players always available and making rapid decisions on how to progress the attack. It was exhilarating to watch and Ipswich could not cope with four tries coming in 20 minutes.
Two minutes in Oakes bounded over and eight minutes later Tom Browes scored following a series of surging runs amongst the forwards. Claussen then added another from a long range move before Oakes grabbed his second, created initially by strong running from Wayne Williams. Dewing converted three and it was 47-0 with a quarter of the game left.
The Vikings then relaxed and Ipswich enjoyed a rare spell of pressure, culminating in a try for Michael Graham. The lull was brief; with 10 minutes left the forwards forced a penalty try after a passage of play including a 20-metre driving maul and two five-metre scrums. Two minutes later Davies-Horne burst through on halfway, chipped the final defender and touched down for his side's ninth try. Dewing again converted and then completed the scoring by converting his own try after Knight's 40-metre run.
This victory moved the Vikings up to sixth and should give them confidence ahead of some challenging fixtures in January.
The Raiders lost for only the second time this season in a tight game against Wymondham II.
With the scores locked at 10-10 at half-time a mid-half penalty sealed the points for the visitors. The Raiders' points came from tries for Angus Rodger and Jimmy Goodliffe. Alex Wigney scored Wymondham's try while Tom Midgely's boot provided eight points.