Winger taken to hospital on difficult day for Norwich against Campion
- Credit: Andy Micklethwaite
Norwich had to be content with a losing bonus point on a day when in-form visitors Campion deserved their win.
The hosts suffered a setback early on when right wing Joe Tennant slipped when under pressure and dislocated his elbow.
After some time he was helped from the field and later taken to hospital by ambulance. Having just recovered from a calf injury this was not what either he or Norwich wanted.
For the next 10 minutes Norwich were under the cosh and Campion's pressure was rewarded when scrum-half Rory Crisp put them in front with a simple penalty after 14 minutes.
Norwich continued to defend superbly but again their cause was not helped when fly-half Jonnie O'Brien limped off with a leg injury.
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The visitors missed an easy penalty but five minutes before half-time Campion scored a try near the posts after a free-kick was taken quickly and centre David Armstrong touched down to give Crisp an easy conversion to make it 10-0.
As the second half developed Norwich were at last beginning to create an attacking platform and after 14 minutes they scored a try from a lineout after Chris Parrott had put in a huge kick. Tom Whiskin got the touchdown but JC Brown was unable to convert.
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Five minutes later Norwich scored again after a sweeping movement, with the ball going through several pairs of hands. Man of the match David Micklethwaite scored the try and Brown, with a great kick, converted to give Norwich a two-point lead.
Just at the time when Norwich needed to take control they made a hash of the restart and were immediately under pressure. In defending a rolling maul Norwich were penalised and second row Simon Darby was sent to the bin, to be followed moments later by prop Peter Hoskins for the same offence. The referee had had enough and awarded a penalty try which was converted by Crisp to put the visitors in front.
With only 13 men Norwich found life difficult and it was no surprise when Campion went further ahead when winger Andy Lewis scored in the right-hand corner.
With time ticking away Norwich were restored to a full compliment and got themselves into the Campion 22 and were awarded a penalty which Brown coolly slotted to give Norwich a losing bonus point.