Norwich bounce back in fine style
Norwich made amends for last week's unexpected defeat by maintaining their unbeaten run at Beeston Hyrne. They made the perfect start after fly-half Sanders sent the kick-off deep into the Colchester 22.
Norwich 37, Colchester 13
Norwich made amends for last week's unexpected defeat by maintaining their unbeaten run at Beeston Hyrne.
They made the perfect start after fly-half Sanders sent the kick-off deep into the Colchester 22. A good chase by Perryman forced Colchester to put the ball into touch 10 metres from their tryline and , from the lineout, a classic catch and drive led to Pope opening the scoring with only a minute gone, Sanders converting.
Further pressure led to a penalty which Sanders again kicked and Colchester began to buckle under the pressure.
Evergreen John Bugg sprinted 30 metres to score his second try of the season and 13-0 became 20-0 when Norwich, working as a cohesive unit and securing possession time and again, opted for a five yard scrum , from which Marczewski jinked through to score.
More dominant forwards play saw Marczewski dart through for his second try of the game before a lucky bounce - which wrong-footed the Norwich wing, allowed Colchester wing Matt Cochrane an easy touchdown, making the interval score 25-5.
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Colchester started the second half brightly, forcing Norwich back into their 22, Norwich gave away a penalty on their 22 and Colchester captain James Gee slotted the penalty. Almost immediately Colchester caught Norwich napping when a good run of support play allowed Kyle Hutchins to score in the corner and bring the score to 25-13.
This woke Norwich up and they began to increase the tempo of the game. Gaining confidence, the backs started to throw the ball around and make large yardage gains with every move.
Josh Ives was on hand to finish off one of these flowing moves and, towards the end of the game, Norwich began playing real champagne rugby.
The highlight came when wing Tim Perryman scored an excellent team try. After powerful run Neil Harris offloaded to Sam Turner, who surged into the opposition half before handing over to Sanders; swift handling by Ball and Al Harris in the five metre zone created an overlap and Perryman to burst over for his third try of the season, Sanders converting.
If Norwich can maintain this attitudethey will be certainly be contenders.