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Norwich aiming to put run of three successive defeats behind them

PUBLISHED: 04:16 05 October 2018

Robbie Bridgstock in the thick of the action for Norwich during their home defeat against Stowmarket Picture: ANDY MICKLETHWAITE

Robbie Bridgstock in the thick of the action for Norwich during their home defeat against Stowmarket Picture: ANDY MICKLETHWAITE

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Norwich hit the road on Saturday to take on Cantabrigian looking to get their Division 2NE campaign back on track after losing three games on the trot.

The Cambridge side have also had a poor start to the campaign so there will be a lot at stake for both sides and the traditional battle will be expected on Cantabs home turf on what is forecast to be, at best, a greasy surface.

After winning their opening game Norwich have put together error strewn performances against Southwold (14-17), Ipswich (35-36) and Stowmarket (24-39) and much needs to change if they are to return to winning ways.

Training sessions have gone well but Norwich’s inability to retain possession of the ball at crucial times has resulted in them losing two games on the last play and last week being punished on the counter-attack, having exerted a lot of pressure on their opponents.

There are likely to be some positional changes at the weekend but head Coach Lee Parry will not finalise the starting 15 until match day. Some of his decisions will be dependant on the weather conditions and the type of game he chooses to play, with a squad of 18 providing various options. Changes to last week see the return to the squad of Tom Moss, Jonny Wheater and Rob Micklethwaite.

“This game is very important for the squad,” said director of rugby David Everitt. “With three losses in a row it is essential that we get out of the losing habit and put in an 80 minute performance that we have lacked.

“In all the games so far we have produced some exciting rugby, only to let ourselves down with far too many unforced errors and poor defence. This mentality has to change for the players to be able to achieve their stated aims.”

The Lions are away against Diss II and the AXV, who are still looking for their first win of the campaign, host Dereham, who were promoted with them last term.

Southwold will also be looking to get back to winning ways in London 2E after following two wins with two narrow defeats at the hands of Woodford (26-25) and South Woodham Ferrers (14-10).

Their visitors on Saturday are Romford and Gidea Park, who are third in the table after winning three of four.

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