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1st XV - Match centre

Great Yarmouth-Broadland
Norwich Union
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - Eastern Counties Greene King League - Eastern Counties Greene King Division One North Full time

Union back to winning ways

In a tight affair away at Great Yarmouth-Broadland

Match report: Gareth Davis

Union made short trip to a sunny Yarmouth with a few changes and first appearance of season for Ryan Day and Tom Easton as a replacement. Graham Hunt reverted to scrum half with Callum Slaughter starting at full back. The forwards were missing Jake Rodwell so only a small reshuffle needed.

An insipid warm up preceded a disappointing first period where Union made many unforced errors and contributed to a poor penalty count again. “If the ball is lost, let them have it, reset and defend again, no lying around the ruck or coming off feet guys” was the message sent on from Coach Gareth Davis.

Union did manage to convert one try as try scored Jon Spicker and the extras added by Simon Bunting. Alas, Union allowed Broadland an opportunity to get one back on stroke of half time but maintained a narrow 7-5 lead.

Harsh words from the Coach at half time had an adverse effect as a timid Union conceded two quick tries. The visitors regrouped however, and got the tries back through another Jon Spicker and a penalty try from repeated infringements by the home side on their own line.
As the sun shone down, we dropped off the pace again and the home team regained the lead heading to the final quarter. It was the backs who came to the fore to save the game. A great break from a bulldozing Matthew Cook followed by jinky run and offload by Ryan Day saw Callum slaughter released on half way and outpacing the defence to score the try of the game. Union held firm despite a couple of near misses for the hosts and finished the game with the backs looking dangerous.

After the match Coach Gareth Davis said “Honest players will concede that the performance was way below standards set and a disjointed game was saved by individual skills and not with the solid game plan we have developed. We need to get things right for next games and get our minds set too. Maybe we were complacent but we made our own problems all match. On a positive note the scrum much improved as was the mauling, some of the running out of defence through Oli Wars and others relieved the pressure too. Expecting a big response at training and in next week's game”

Norwich Union face Diss 2s next week, kick off 3pm.

A good crowd is expected as it will be the first VP lunch of the season, so the great and good will be in attendance to cheer on the team.

Team: Michael Shucksmith, Ben Bond-Webster, Simon Pitcher, Matt Gyton, Chris Spenceley, Craig Dunbar, Matt Spenceley, Jon Spicker, Graham Hunt, Simon Bunting, Oli Ward, Matthew Cook, Ryan Day, Dan Norgate, Callum Slaughter Replacements: Phil Harris, Tom Easton

Scorers: Jon Spicker 2T, Callum Slaughter 1T, Penalty Try, Simon Bunting 3C man of the match: Callum Slaughter

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Fakenham 14 70
2. North Walsham II (Raiders) 14 53
3. Norwich Union 14 46
4. Diss II (Saracens) 14 44
5. Norwich Medics 14 28
6. Beccles 14 24
7. Swaffham 14 17

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