Thetford 29, Broadland 12

Thetford turned in an excellent performance to beat Eastern Counties Division Two high-flyers Broadland in the semi-finals of the Norfolk Junior Cup.

Thetford knew they had a tough challenge on their hands, having lost home and away to the Great Yarmouth side in the league this season – but overcame the odds to set up a final showdown with Crusaders.

After a ferocious start wing star Jordan Fisher put the home side ahead with a solo try, converted by Tony Watson. The visitors soon hit back with a converted try from a rolling maul to level the scores.

The battle in the forwards was always going to decide this fixture and captain Ollie Taylor, lock Jason Lumbard and prop Aaron Stokoe provided a stable platform for Thetford's backs to attack.

Centres Dave Tanner and Damian Smith-Taylor tackled everything that run at them and Thetford soon went in the lead with a picture perfect try from Watson who received a well timed off-load from Fisher .

In the second half Thetford's tactics changed from the forward battle to a territorial game. This saw Watson slot two drop-goals and three penalties after some ill discipline from the frustrated visitors.

Scrum-half Richard Smith was then sent to the sin bin from an out of character choke slam which allowed Broadland to hit back with an uncoverted try.

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Dexter's man of the match was Tony Watson for a brilliant performance which saw his personal tally for the day reach 24 points.

Thetford can now look forward to a final date at Crusaders, who were handed a walk-over at Lakenham-Hewett.

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