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Norwich prepare for derby battle at Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 12:08 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 20 September 2018

Norwich will be looking to celebrate a derby win when they travel to Ipswich this weekend Picture: Andy Micklethwaite

Norwich will be looking to celebrate a derby win when they travel to Ipswich this weekend Picture: Andy Micklethwaite

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Norwich will be looking to right a few wrongs on Saturday when they travel over the border to face Ipswich.

The city side went down 17-14 at home to Southwold a week ago but are likely to have a much stronger line-up available.

With Josh Wilson and Rob Micklethwaite working, and the return of some key players, the Norwich side will have a very different look to it for this London 2NE clash.

“After the disappointing performance last week against Southwold, we have the opportunity to put things right against an Ipswich side who, like ourselves, have had an indifferent start to the league campaign,” said director of rugby David Everitt.

“The return of Robbie Bridgstock, Nick and Laurence Austin, Mike Lawton and Jed Tearle will strengthen the squad and give it a more attacking balance which was sadly missing last week.

“The pack will need to be more aggressive in the contact area to produce the quick ball that our talented back-line can use if we are to get the result.”

Honours were shared last year, with each winning their home fixture but Ipswich has traditionally been a difficult place for Norwich with the hosts always strong at home in front of a big crowd.

The Lions head to North Walsham and the A XV are at home to Holt II.

Leaders Holt welcome Ipswich YM to High Kelling for the first time in several years, with the visitors having just been promoted into London Three Eastern Counties this season.

Several Holt players are carrying injuries after last week’s bruising 27-19 victory at Wisbech, but they hope most will be fit enough to join the squad.

Wymondham – second, on the same points – host Thetford while West Norfolk travel to Fakenham and Crusaders go to Ely.

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