Photo gallery: Norwich RFC prove too strong for Holt RFC in double-header derby clash
- Credit: Andy Micklethwaite
League and cup spoils were up for grabs, as well as local bragging rights, when Holt welcomed Norwich to High Kelling.
It was Norwich who took the spoils, winning both the London 2NE points and progress in the Norfolk Cup.
It was the first away win in the league of the season for the visitors but they did not have it all their own way in an entertaining encounter.
Holt started the brighter of the two sides, driving into the Norwich half. On two occasions the visitors gave away penalties which were converted by Harvey to take the score to 6-0 to Holt after 15 minutes.
Norwich then made their first serious attack into their hosts' half finding themselves with an attacking lineout on the five-metre line following a series of penalties given away by Holt.
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With fast ball off the top the Norwich backs cut through the Holt defence with a deft inside pass from Adi Ball to allow Jonny Wheater to score under the posts, with Rob Micklethwaite adding the conversion.
Almost immediately from the restart the same pattern of play occurred. Holt continued to infringe, conceding penalties, and Norwich took advantage by going for touch and scoring another unconverted try from a driving maul, with David Byrne breaking from the back and cutting through the Holt defence to make the score 12-6 to Norwich.
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In the last 10 minutes of the half Holt converted two further penalties with Norwich converting one of their own but, more significantly, following a further attack by Norwich, Holt received a yellow card for repeated infringements.
Norwich kicked for a lineout close to Holt's try-line and David Byrne scored his second try, this time from a drive over the line which was unconverted to take the half-time score to 20-12 to Norwich.
From the start of the second half Norwich took the initiative and were rewarded with a converted penalty in front of Holt's posts.
But Holt responded by driving up the pitch to set-up an attacking lineout inside the Norwich 22. The Holt pack drove the ball over the line and Gray scored a converted try. From the restart Holt again took the ball deep into Norwich's half and, following repeated infringements, took a further three points from the visitors through a converted penalty, reducing Norwich's lead to 23-22.
The final quarter of the match saw Holt continue to attack the Norwich half but the visitors' defence remained solid.
Norwich broke out of their half and had an attacking lineout on Holt's 22.
With fast ball off the top, the Norwich centres cut through Holt's defensive line, setting up prop Tom Whiskin who ran 20 metres to the line to score a converted, bonus point try, for a 30-22 lead.
Holt tried to play catch up rugby but Norwich were playing with confidence and easily repelled Holt's attack and again broke through Holt's defensive lines. Although temporarily held up by a scrambling defence the Norwich centres again led an attacking move which resulted in full-back Wheater cutting back inside to score Norwich's fifth, unconverted, try to take the final score to 35-22 to Norwich.