Norwich get back to winning ways in emphatic fashion

The impressive Laurence Austin in the thick of the action for Norwich against Romford & Gidea Park.

The impressive Laurence Austin in the thick of the action for Norwich against Romford & Gidea Park. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite - Credit: Archant

Norwich got back to winning ways with a convincing win over their visitors from Essex.

There were some enforced changes from the team that lost disappointingly at Wanstead but David Micklethwaite was back at flanker and certainly added a great deal in both attack and defence.

Laurence Austin had an outstanding game at No 8 and opened the scoring with a try half way out after a David Micklethwaite break which Rob Micklethwaite converted.

However, Romford replied with a try of their own from left wing James Harbour, with Teddie Duke adding a fine conversion.

This seemed to spur Norwich and they dominated the rest of the half. On 18 minutes Simon Darby touched down following a rolling maul and moments later Tom Stanley went over after some good handling, Micklethwaite converting to make it 19-7.

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Four minutes later Rob Micklethwaite scored a fine individual try near the posts which he duly converted and Norwich wrapped up the half with further tries from Austin and David Micklethwaite, the latter after a great break from the restart by Chris Parrott. The second was converted to give Norwich a 38-7 lead.

Norwich started the second half with Stanley showing great pace to go over under the posts for a converted try but they then lost their focus and Romford scored from an interception when the hosts were guilty of trying to play too much rugby in their own half and Duke went in under the posts and added the conversion. The next 15 minutes belonged to the visitors but stout defence kept them out.

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Norwich got back into opposition territory and were rewarded with a try from skipper Pip Scott who scored from a rolling maul. With some 20 minutes left Austin then scored the try of the match, his third, when he broke from a line-out 70 yards out and showed great pace to score in the corner.

Romford never gave up and scored a consolation try from flanker Ian Semain before Norwich wrapped the game up with further unconverted tries from replacement winger Tristan Smith and second row Jack Walsh.

The Lions won 14-65 at Great Yarmouth-Broadland and the A side beat Holt III 68-5.

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