Norwich too strong for the league’s bottom club
Newmarket 15, Norwich 40: Having lost at home the previous week, an away win against the side at the bottom of the league was essential for Norwich's London 3NE promotion push.
And they took to the task with relish, moving the large Newmarket pack around the park at will.
Despite the early pressure it was 20 minutes before Norwich opened their account, having spurned a couple of goal kicking chances and given away a couple of penalties when scoring seemed the easier option.
Amends were made from a five metre scrum when No 8 Ross Adnitt picked up at the base and forced his way over. Rob Micklethwaite added the conversion to give Norwich the lead.
Norwich continued to play with tempo and from a reversed penalty decision the ball was quickly moved to centre Doug Greenwood who made good ground and his break was finished off by Jonny Coltman converted by Micklethwaite.
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Newmarket got back into the game with a penalty from 35 metres out kicked by Michael Reeves.
But with half-time looming Norwich added a further try when fly-half and skipper Jonny Wheater went over under the posts to give Micklethwaite an easy conversion and Norwich a 21-3 interval lead.
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Newmarket soon showed they were not there just to make up the numbers and started to get their big forwards into the game using the rolling maul. However, it was Norwich who were next on the scoresheet when a flowing move from inside their own half was finished off by prop Aaron Swanborough, showing surprising pace to score near the posts. Again, Micklethwaite kicked the conversion.
If Norwich thought the job was done they were mistaken and for the next 15 minutes they allowed Newmarket to use their rolling maul to great effect. A quick penalty led to right wing Phil Mcbridge scoring an unconverted try in the corner.
And, moments later, they added a further try when prop Mark Cooper got the touch down from another rolling maul. This time Reeves converted.
This could have meant a very testing last 10 minutes but Norwich got back on top when left winger David Smillie score in the corner before a trademark try from Adnitt from a five metre scrum, converted by Micklethwaite, completed the scoring.