Walsham go back to square one

Letchworth GC 56, North Walsham 10: The encouraging performance in the previous match probably led all supporters to believe that on a clear sunny day, Vikings would show further signs of improvement in their latest London 1N fixture.

Sadly two quick tries in the opening five minutes put Letchworth in command and they never allowed the visitors any period of dominance.

The home team pack showed ability to win the breakdown and a willingness to feed the ball to the dominant half back partnership of Hughes and Tirrell, who had time to dictate the play and the pace to elude tacklers and set up some hard running centres.

After 15 minutes, already 17-3 down, Vikings at least established possession inside home territory as they looked on build on Henry Dewing's penalty. But two successive knock-ons gave Letchworth the initiative and they were quick to score out wide.

The final action summed up the half. A promising period of play in the Letchworth 22 was disrupted by hard tackling from the defending backs and swift handing from the forwards releasing the backs to score a long range try to bring half time at 31-3.

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Vikings had more territory and possession in second half and hopes were raised by a fine break from defence Steven Hyde and good work by a now tiring pack of forwards leading to a try from Hyde converted by Dewing, who played well behind a pack often going backwards.

However, there was a spell midway through second half when Vikings' forwards started to push back Letchworth at the set scrums and progressed with rolling mauls from lineouts, but on the occasions the long striding Fijian centre Vuki broke tackles to make strong yardage and he was always supported by the home forwards.

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There was an unusual period when Vikings were down to 13 men, following a yellow card for Hegarty, the front row substitute, and the need to go to uncontested scrums. In order to allow contested scrums, Vikings had to sacrifice a second player – a new law for this season.

They played with huge spirit at this time but Letchworth's ability to break tackles enabled them to score three more tries in second half with a final score of 56-10 correctly reflecting the pattern of play.

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