Photo gallery: Norwich 47 Enfield Ignatians 23
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Having lost twice to their opponents last season Norwich knew this was going to be a tough game, and so it appeared as the visitors started the stronger.
Despite an initial fumble from the Norwich kick-off, Enfield regained the ball and used their heavier forwards to drive upfield, and scored an early penalty.
The home side regrouped and disrupted the visitors with some good harassing from the forwards with Stuart Seppings being prominent with some good tackling.
Norwich settled into their game and began to make some good breaks. The first score came following a scrum, when a break down the blind side enabled Jonny O'Brien to switch the attack where a missed move in the backs saw Si Darby claim the pass to score, the kick being converted.
Darby scored his second soon afterwards following a good break from Chris Parrott who beat three tackles to put the flanker away to score, converted by O'Brien.
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Richie Rhodes was next to score, O'Brien drew the defence to create the overlap enabling the wing to score in the corner.
Some good interplay from forwards and backs saw captain Gareth Leake off load to Jordi Walker who scored under the posts making the conversion easy for O'Brien, for 26-3.
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Despite Norwich conceding a number of penalties the visitors were unable to add to their score and the hosts had the bonus point by half-time.
The second half started well for Norwich, with Walker breaking through midfield, from the resulting breakdown the ball was fed wide for Campton-Smith to score.
From an Enfield clearance Rhodes broke upfield through several tackles and passed to Parrott who scored.
This effectively put the game out of Enfield's reach, but it was the visitors who finished the game the stronger, taking full advantage of Norwich losing players due to yellow card infringements, bringing them down to 13 at one stage.
Norwich coach Ian Fraser was brought on as a replacement and added some much needed bulk to the Norwich back line.
Dave Byrne, coming on as replacement, broke from a scrum to score the final points for Norwich. However the remainder of the half belonged to Enfield who played with a determination they had not previously shown to score enough to earn themselves a bonus point.