Norwich win to make it two in a row
Norwich 38, Saffron Walden 20: Norwich finally turned much of the promise they have shown all season into points as they registered back-to-back wins by beating Saffron Walden in a pulsating game at Beeston Hyrne.
Norwich finally turned much of the promise they have shown all season into points as they registered back-to-back wins by beating Saffron Walden in a pulsating game at Beeston Hyrne.
The forwards were sensational, disrupting the visitors' scrum all afternoon against a heavier pack as well as stealing plenty of line-out ball. The back row of Jon Bugg, Freddy Cook and Paul Micklethwaite were all over the Saffron pack and prevented them supplying quality ball for their dangerous backs from either set piece or the breakdown.
Norwich opened their account after just five minutes with a penalty from Josh Ives after Walden went off their feet at the ruck.
The hosts scored the first try as veteran centre John Lenihan crashed through a tackle to score under the posts, with Ives adding the conversion.
Tom Hughes scored a penalty to pull it back to 10-3, but then uncharacteristically missed another penalty chance soon afterwards and Norwich took full advantage of their reprieve.
From a line-out Norwich worked the ball well over to the left and Calum MacAulay made ground timing his pass perfectly to Freddy Cook who cantered in under the posts, with Ives again converting.
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Norwich lost John Snowling to the sin bin for hands in the ruck and Andy Warnes moved up into the front row.
Shortly afterwards Ives drop kicked three points during the advantage phase of a penalty.
Walden grabbed a lifeline when the pacy David Philip touched down near the corner and Hughes slotted the conversion.
In the dying seconds of the half Ives missed a penalty about 30 metres out but 20-10 at half-time did not represent fair return for the Norwich dominance up front.
Philip scored again at the start of the second half, with Hughes converting, before Hughes pulled Walden level with a penalty.
Norwich eventually settled down again and after Walden scrum half Will Brown was carded for killing the ball in the ruck, Norwich got a try in the corner as Warnes finished off, although Ives could not convert.
Norwich began to pull away as Ives kicked a penalty and centre Dougie Greenwood came off the bench and crashed through the Walden line to score. Ives converted before adding a penalty to complete the scoring.