Norwich must not get carried away with good start to London Two North East season
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With two wins under their belts in London 2NE Norwich host an Enfield Ignatians side who also have nine points to their name.
Norwich lost to Enfield twice last season so know the size of the task that they face against a large and well organised side. There are some front row issues with Matt Selby still injured and Pete Hosking unavailable so Aaron Beaumont comes in at hooker and veteran George Pope starts again at prop.
The rest of the pack has a familiar look about it but Dave Micklethwaite moves back to seven and Lawrence Austin to eight, with a returning Dave Byrne waiting on the bench.
Stuart Seppings has really stepped up his game this season and partners captain Gareth Leake in the second row for the second consecutive week. Player/coach Jonny O'Brien will play at 10, releasing Chris Parrott to 15. Michael Campton-Smith moves out to the wing from 15 having had a very good debut at Holt last week. Stuart Cameron is unavailable having picked up an injury in the Holt game and Colts winger Joe Tennant is set to make his debut on the bench.
O'Brien said: 'We are fully focused on Saturday and not getting carried away with two early wins. We know how tough Enfield will be and I'm looking for the backs to create more opportunities than they did last week.'
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O'Brien can look forward to some serious competition for places to keep his squad motivated as Dougie Greenwood and Jonny Wheater make a first appearance after injury for the Lions against the Medics. Wheater dislocated his shoulder in the penultimate game of last season and has missed all of the pre-season games. The return to the club of former first team winger David Smillie is another welcome sight and he too will play for the Lions.
n Following last Saturday's confidence-boosting victory against Saffron Walden, Diss travel again to play Rochford Hundred.
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Coach Roger Coombs has indicated on a number of occasions that London 2NE will be a very competitive league and Diss cannot just expect an immediate return to a higher level.
Rochford will prove a hard nut to crack and will be very competitive and abrasive across all areas of the field. Diss will need to be patient and improve dramatically with respect to discipline. Against Saffron Walden Diss kept the opposition in the game because of the huge penalty count.