Norwich looking for a return to perfection

Action from Norwich's match against Harlow. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite

Action from Norwich's match against Harlow. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite - Credit: Archant

Norwich will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Epping Upper Clapton on Saturday.

The city side let their perfect start to the season slip at Harlow last week due to a poor period late in the first half and a dominant second half that could not quite undo the damage.

Epping have not enjoyed the best of starts to the campaign but last week they beat a much-fancied Old Cooperians team and will present Norwich with a tough challenge.

Director of Rugby David Everitt said: 'Last week our discipline let us down and it allowed Harlow to get onto the front foot so we didn't have any ball in the later part of the first half when the damage was done.

'Until we learn how to manage the game and not give away needless penalties the opposition are always in with a chance of beating us.

'The leaders on the field have got to step up to the mark if we are going to reach the potential that is clearly in the team.'

Coach Jonny O'Brien added: 'It was a very frustrating game against Harlow – we looked dangerous when we started building phases and showed spells of excellent attacking phases with Chris Parrott having a stand-out performance at full-back.

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'We let Harlow dominate long periods of the first half and couldn't stop their strong offloading game. In the second half we fought well and got ourselves back in the game, but lacked poise at key times.

'I'm looking at a positive response in training and a more expansive attacking game against Epping on Saturday.'

Third-placed Norwich have their sights on the top of the table, but will need a little help from the teams above them – who meet on Saturday afternoon, when leaders Rochford Hundred travel to Wanstead.

In the Eastern Counties One North, Norwich Medics, third in the table, have a tough task when they entertain leaders Fakenham. Second-placed Diss II are away to Norwich Union, who are fourth, while the team one place below them, North Walsham II, entertain Great Yarmouth-Broadland. Bottom side Swaffham are at home to Beccles.

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