Sat 13
1st XV
Norwich II
M Shucksmith (4), J Pitts, L Gedney
L Gedney (5)
Beccles 40 v Norwich II 0

Beccles 40 v Norwich II 0

By Keith Johnstone
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Beccles picked up their second win in a row when they defeated Norwich 2nds on Saturday. After a slow start to the game Beccles dominated to win by 40 – 0.

Beccles went into the game with a lot of their backline missing due injury and unavailability. They were still able to field a strong team however. There was a debut for new recruit Smit in the centre and a return from injury for Arnold on the bench.
Beccles again started the game slowly and took a while to get into the game. They conceded a lot of turnovers early on but gradually began to play their way in to some rhythm.
The forwards for Beccles were looking strong and they opened the scoring with a strongly driven scrum. They drove the opposition back over the line with Shucksmith touching down. Gedney added the conversion.
Knights made a strong run soon after and crashed over but unfortunately the referee ruled that he had lost the ball in the grounding. It didn’t take long to get another try though with Shucksmith touching down for his second try after some good driving play.
The game reached half time with Beccles leading 12 – 0 without really getting into their full flow. A stern teamtalk followed from Coach Swanborough and Beccles came out in the second half playing some better rugby.
Beccles pinned Norwich in their 22, keeping the ball alive and offloading well. Shucksmith completed his hattrick, crashing through the Norwich defence. He added a fourth for himself as well soon after in similar fashion to complete a man of the match performance.
Beccles had Holtzer sent to the sin bin midway through the second half but this didn’t slow them down and they continued to press the opposition. Pitts got in on the action, powering round the side of a ruck to score a try of his own.
Straight from the kick off a loose ball was hacked in behind the Norwich defence with Beccles players chasing through. They retained the ball and it was fed out to the backs with Gedney going over for the try. He added the conversion to make it four from four in the second half.
The final score was 40 – 0. This was a good win for Beccles after a slow start. They now have a week off before they travel to Diss 2s.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 13, Nov 2021




Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 North

League position

Norwich II
MIke Shucksmith

Star Player

MIke Shucksmith