Norwich hit form to move into top three

Norwich 45, Sudbury 14: Running rugby was the order of the day in the glorious October sunshine as Norwich moved into third place in London 3NE – swapping places with Sudbury, after an emphatic victory.

Sudbury scored first when tighthead prop Rix was allowed to rumble over the line in the third minute by some poor Norwich tackling – Summers converting.

But for the next 70 minutes Norwich were in command. Outside centre Rob Micklethwaite scored two tries, and converted both those and a try from right winger Jon Coltman to give to give the home side a 21-7 lead.

Coltman scored another try, this time unconverted at the end of the first quarter and, after a penalty miss by Sudbury, Micklethwaite completed his hat-trick of tries just before the break. Despite missing the conversion the half-time lead was 31-7.

Norwich full back O'Brien started the scoring in the third quarter with a try after a scorching run from inside his own half, which Micklethwaite converted.

This was followed by a try from flanker Cartwright which Micklethwaite also converted.

With the hot weather creating fatigue the fourth quarter remained scoreless until seven minutes before the end of the match when Norwich prop Swanborough was sent to the sin bin for an illegal tackle.

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The Sudbury pack rallied against the remaining seven Norwich scrummagers and, after a series of scrums on the Norwich line, earned themselves a consolation penalty try, which Summers converted to complete the scoring.