Norwich 29, Upminster 16

On an almost perfect day for rugby Norwich ended up with a comfortable win but at times were made to work very hard for it.

After 13 minutes it was Norwich who were first on the scoresheet with a lovely break by fly-half Jonny Wheater just inside his own half after quick ruck ball from the forwards. He fed right wing Rob Micklethwaite, who went in under the posts and converted his own try.

The visitors had to resort to desperate defence at times and in so doing were penalised after 20 minutes under their own posts. Micklethwaite had no problem converting this and at the same time the referee gave a yellow card to the Upminster flanker Chris Busby.

Norwich failed to capitilise and allowed the visitors back into the game, with a couple of penalties from Pavitt bring the visitors to within four points.

Just after half-time Norwich lost influential No 8 Ross Adnitt with an ankle injury, to be replaced by Ethan Trebble-Westlake. Tom Whiskin also came on for youngster Lewis Ball at prop.

After 15 minutes they were given a penalty which was kicked into the right hand corner. From the ensuing line-out they set up a maul and when the ball was released centre Dougie Greenwood was on hand to crash over. Micklethwaite converted to put Norwich in the lead 17-6.

Norwich made a hash of the restart and gave away a penalty which Pavitt converted to reduce the arrears for the visitors. Moments later Norwich were back on the attack and from a scrum on the 22 metre line, which they won against the head, scrum-half Josh Ives shot down the short side and went over halfway out for a fine individual try which Micklethwaite could not convert.

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The visitors were not finished and with the clock ticking away they seemed to have won a penalty under Norwich's posts but the referee played advantage. Norwich centre Scott Hancocks intercepted a pass and ran 70 metres to score under the posts which Micklethwaite converted to give Norwich the bonus point. The visitors scored a consolation try in the last minute when full back Chris Davey scored under the posts for Pavitt to convert.

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