Rugby: Norwich RFC face daunting away clash at Saffron Walden

Norwich RFC's Laurence Austin crosses the line for his second try during last week's home cup defeat

Norwich RFC's Laurence Austin crosses the line for his second try during last week's home cup defeat against St Albans. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite. - Credit: Archant

Norwich make the journey to second placed Saffron Walden tomorrow for their latest London 2NE fixture.

They will be trying to put a frustrating cup defeat against St Albans last week behind them, where they under-performed by recent improving standards.

The formbook suggests a really tough game in prospect for Norwich with Saffron Walden having dished out some thumping defeats to lower table opposition this season.

Norwich – boosted by a home win over Braintree in their most recent league outing – realise that they have to start winning some matches on the road and a win against the odds this week would be a massive boost to them.

Matt Selby returns to the front row, having been rested last week, but there is some uncertainty over the fitness of Rob Micklethwaite after a collision with one of his own players last week. Dale Bird returns to the back row, with Matt Cartwright unavailable.

Bottom-of-the-table Lowestoft & Yarmouth face a tough challenge when they travel to Essex to take on third-placed Chelmsford.

Still on minus one point after a wretched start to the season and a punishment for fielding an ineligible player in 2012-13, L&Y will be aiming to avoid the sort of humiliation they suffered at Ipswich earlier in the campaign when they shipped over 100 points. Since then they have suffered more heavy defeats, although in their previous match a couple of weeks ago they were at least competitive, going down 29-5 at home to Basildon.

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