Norwich aiming to continue excellent start to the season at Harlow

Norwich and Woodford get up close and personal at Beeston Hyrne last weekend. Picture: Andy Mickleth

Norwich and Woodford get up close and personal at Beeston Hyrne last weekend. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite - Credit: Archant

Norwich will be aiming to maintain an excellent start to the London Two North East season tomorrow when they head off to a new venue at Harlow.

The clubs have met many times before, and will be meeting again in two weeks time in the RFU Intermediate Cup, but the Essex side now have a fabulous new facility on the outskirts of town.

Norwich go into the game with a maximum 15 points to their name after home wins over Chelmsford (30-0) and Woodford (26-18) and an away victory over Cantabrigian (27-10), although they are only third in the table behind Rochford Hundred and Wanstead, who both boast better points differences.

The team is the same as last week except for Peter Hosking, who is unavailable, meaning Pip Scott will move up from the bench and, subject to a fitness test, Ryan Bigland will be the front row replacement.

Director of Rugby David Everitt is looking for a complete performance from the side against a team who have won, lost and drawn so far.

'I am pleased with the way we have started the league campaign but we need to be able to put together a full 80 minutes,' he said.

'The first two games saw us dominate the first half but not be able to put points on the board and then wear the opposition down and win comfortably.

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'Against Woodford last week we scored our points in the first half and then took our foot of the pedal and allowed them back into the game although we had the final say in the end with a bonus point victory.

'This weekend we will need to concentrate for the whole match if we are to improve as a team and carry on with our winning ways.'

Coach Jonny O'Brien added: 'This will be our toughest test so far with a Harlow team that like to play an expansive game. This will certainly test our mental strength as a team.'

There is a big match in Eastern Counties One North tomorrow, with early pacesetters Fakenham entertaining a North Walsham Raiders side who have won their first two.

Raiders (from): S Loose, M McCall, A Beaumont, D Roberts, C Larner, I Webster, S Roberts, W Haynes, L Clarke, R Tui, W Quinn, R King, M Batty, A Howe, T Kandemwa, W Minchin, H Dye.

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