Six of the best from the Firebirds
By Russell Clarke
As they collect a bonus point win at home
Norwich Union Firebirds score six tries in what turned out to be the opposite of they had assumed in that they had expected to dominate physically but were well matched by Thetford in the tight and had to change their style of play by shipping the ball to the backs where five of their six tries were scored.
Fly-half Adrien Marie-Francoise scored two tries and added five conversions to his tally, the pick of the tries following a clever kick by fellow halfback Jake Clarke, Marie-Francoise beating Clarke in a footrace to score.
Wing Oli Ward scored a brace of tries too and was in typically blustering form, mixing power with pace making a number of runs and scoring twice. Two further tries were added by centre Tom Whipps and Captain Tom Easton.
The Firebirds game next week against Lakenham is being postponed to a later date, as the club is away on Tour, so their next game will be at home to Beccles 2s on the 6th April.
Team: Michael Shucksmith, Mike Smyth, Ashley Senior, Matt Lefevre, Chris Puttock, Steffan Harwood, Rob Savage, Josh Crosley, Jake Clarke, Adrien Marie-Francoise, Oli Ward, Tom Whipps, Shaun Lohan, Tom Easton Replacements: Adam Fox, Mark Ferguson, Nick Roberts
Scorers: Adrien Marie-Francoise 2T, 5C, Oli Ward 2T, Tom Whipps 1T, Tom Easton 1T
www.whalebonefreehouse.co.uk man of the match Rob Savage