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Firebirds (2nd XV) - Match centre

Norwich Union II
Norwich III
Sat 20 Jan 14:00 - Eastern Counties Greene King League - Eastern Counties Greene King Division Three North Full time

Firebirds secure a bonus point

In a hard fought game against local rivals Norwich 3s

It was the Firebirds turn to host this weekend, having played away at Norwich 4s in a friendly last weekend. As expected the challenge of playing Norwich 3s in the league proved to be a tough encounter with the visitors fielding a strong team with a good mix of youth an experience.

Late changes to the selected Firebirds team saw Simon Bunting come in at fly half, with Chris De Main moving to the unfamiliar position of blindside flanker. Despite his first outing there he put in a man of the match performance with some great tackles and some excellent carrying.

The early exchanges were fierce with neither side giving quarter and it was well into the second half before the scoreboard was troubled when Norwich took a five point lead.

The Firebirds struck back with a move from the back of the scrum, Rob Savage having taken over from veteran Noel Jones at Number 8 picking from the base and feeding right wing Oli Ward, who had lots to do before scoring, but despite the attentions of three Norwich defenders made his way to the line. The score remained level at 5-5 at the half time break.

The second half saw just one try from the visitors, which they scored from a tap penalty as the home team infringed at the breakdown, which they converted to take the score to 5-12.

The Firebirds battled away tirelessly, but despite their efforts they were unable to score and had to settle for a losing bonus point. The Firebirds were left wondering what could have been if perhaps they’d been looked wider in their attack instead of keeping the ball tight as they often generated overlaps, but didn’t exploit them.

Captain Russ Clarke said after the game "It was a great effort by the team and no shame in losing to a top two side, he also said that it was great to see so much support from the sideline, with a number of first team players in attendance to cheer on the Firebirds"

Team: John Madden, Adam Fox, Steve Knights, Matt Lefevre, Ryan Day, Chris De Main, Rob Savage, Noel Jones, Russ Clarke, Simon Bunting, Jack Cottingham, Oli Smith, Ryan Raven, Oli Ward, Dan Norgate Replacements: Tom Whipps

Scorers: Oli Ward 1T man of the match: Chris De Main

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
5. Fakenham II 20 43
6. Crusaders II 20 40
7. Wymondham III 20 37
8. Norwich Union II 19 18
9. Norwich Medics 2nd XV 19 -3
10. North Walsham III (Warriors) 20 -28
11. Beccles II 20 -48

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