Norwich Union claim notable scalp to make Norfolk Intermediate Cup progress

Norwich Union celebrate scoring their third try against West Norfolk through Ben Bond-Webster. Pictu

Norwich Union celebrate scoring their third try against West Norfolk through Ben Bond-Webster. Picture: Russ Davies - Credit: Archant

Norwich Union recorded a notable victory in the Norfolk Intermediate Cup as they came through a tough test to beat higher ranked West Norfolk.

West scored a well worked try in the opening stages but Union soon hit back.

Scrum-half Lloyd Davis opened their account following excellent long grubber into the corner which enabled his side to gain a short-range line-out and get their maul going.

Davis managed to scamper round the short side and score wide out, with the conversion attempt coming back off the crossbar.

West Norfolk came back again as yet again poor discipline led to a succession of penalties and ultimately to their second try under the posts which they converted to take the score to 5-14.

However, Union rallied and pegged the visitors back just before half-time as a series of barges led by the back row of Jake Rodwell, Jonathan Spicker and Craig Dunbar saw Chris Spenceley score his first try for the club wide out which Davis converted to take the score at the break to 12-14.

Union started the second period well as Ben Bond-Webster scored wide out from a catch at the lineout and driven maul. Despite the conversion attempt drifting wide the hosts took the lead in the match of the first time at 17-14.

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Matthew Cook then barrelled his way upfield and good support running from man of the match Callum Slaughter gave Union good field position.

David Sheldon-Smillie was communicating well from full back and contributed to the improved defensive sets, with organisation much better in the second half.

Daniel Norgate and replacement wing Oli Ward then continued the good work and kept West Norfolk quiet when they attacked.

Union were now in the ascendancy and Craig Dunbar scored after great succession of attacks, with Coach and Horses player of the month Michael Shucksmith back to his best.

The last 10 minutes saw a yellow card for captain Simon Pitcher and West reduced the deficit to just one point with a penalty try.

Davis calmed the nerves with a well struck penalty however and Union held out to the final whistle despite being down a man.

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