Sth Woodham 36, Wymondham 26

Wymondham were forced to make six changes from their winning team – but did not offer that as an excuse for the disappointing first half which virtually left them with a mission impossible in the second.

South Woodham were allowed to run riot, scoring six tries to lead 36-5 at the interval – though Wymondham had their own chances to score more than the solo try from James Wyatt. Sadly, a lack of composure and discipline led to a string of missed opportunities, most notably two penalty kicks in front of the posts.

With the wind in the second half, Wymondham started to earn back their pride. Attack after attack kept the hosts pinned in their own 22 and two tries followed through props Stuart Forton and John Greenwell after sustained catch and drive attempts from the pack.

But when Wymondham were searching for the fourth try and a bonus point, South Woodham upped their game.

Wymondham continued to have their chances and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty try when the home centre was yellow carded for deliberately knocking on a pass which Wymondham looked sure to score from.

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The fourth and best try finally came from the outstanding Alex Brugger following a stunning run which started in his own half and eluded six would-be tacklers.

With some excellent conversions from Tom Wilson the scoring finished at 26-36. There will be no respite for Wymondham as next up is a trip to face in form and second-placed Basildon.

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