Norwich want same performance - but a different result

Chris Aldous uses a little brute force during Southwold's 21-3 win at Woodbridge at the weekend. Pic

Chris Aldous uses a little brute force during Southwold's 21-3 win at Woodbridge at the weekend. Picture: Linda Cayley - Credit: Archant

Norwich effectively start the second half of their London 2NE season tomorrow when they play their return game against Cantabrigian at Beeston Hyrne.

The Cambridge side are likely to present a challenge way beyond their league position as it was only in the latter stages of the away game at the start of the season that Norwich were able to pull clear.

The hosts should go into the match in good heart - even though they were beaten 26-15 by leaders Romford and Gidea Park last time out.

Director of Rugby David Everitt said: 'The performance last Saturday was the best I have seen for many seasons and if it hadn't been for a lapse in concentration for a few minutes after half time we could have caused a major upset.

'The effort that the team put in during the firstt half was outstanding and the fact that we came back strongly towards the end of the game showed that the coaches have got the squad into a strong position fitness-wise. It was also pleasing to note that the Lions and AXV teams are also progressing well this season and both had outstanding victories in their leagues. This is due to the enthusiasm of Stewart Cameron and Matt Cole-Wilkin and the numbers at training.'

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Coach Jonny O'Brien added: 'I was so proud of the players' efforts last week and we need to follow that up with another strong performance. If we can get to the same level of focus and passion as Saturday it should be an excellent game.'

The Lions are away to Diss III and the AXV home to Crusaders II.

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Second-placed Southwold play host to struggling neighbours Lowestoft & Yarmouth, who have lost all their matches so far, while over at Little Melton Crusaders take on Wymondham.

It has been a disappointing season so far for both clubs, with Crusaders second from bottom and Wymondham failing to mount any sort of promotion bid.

Holt make the trip to long term opponents West Norfolk looking to bounce back from successive defeats that have left them 11 points adrift of the top two going into the festive break.

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