SWAFFHAM 12 – 43 WATTON 15/12/2018
Watton’s president and VP’s were guests at Swaffham’s pre –match Christmas lunch demonstrating the excellent links between the two clubs and enjoyed a wonderful meal and superb hospitality but any goodwill between the teams would have to wait until after the final whistle.
In spite of early Watton possession it was Swaffham who looked more dangerous with ball in hand and scored first with a fine try and should have increased the lead but they knocked on when a score looked more likely.
Watton’s forwards however were just taking a few minutes to find the intensity required and quickly exerted their dominance at scrum time which was to prove the main difference between the two sides.
A quick tapped penalty was driven forward before being released to Matt Goodwin to reduce the arrears and a second penalty punched up by Joe Norman before Alex Lamberson outpaced the defence to put Watton into a 12:7 lead.
For the rugby purist it is a joy to see a front row working in unison and forwards coach Lee Moxham will have enjoyed the push over try from Matt Goodwin giving the visitors a 17:7 lead at the break.
The second half continued with great pressure from the Watton forwards with the front row and Ryan Norman in particular giving his opposite number a torrid time.
The pack driving forward in the loose with the ageless Bobby Wyatt being stopped inches short but hooker Wayne Jolly who is enjoying a great season was on hand to ensure the try was not denied.
Second row Josh Hasbury who was excellent throughout then showed great power before offloading to the evasive winger from across the pond Spencer Waugh opening a 24:12 lead.
Credit to Swaffham for staying the game and they maintained a lengthy period in the visitors 22 without adding to their score before Watton emptied the bench with the impact expected in modern day rugby.
San Beckwith in particular making two great breaks the first finished by skipper Richie Brand and the second plucked from his ankles by Josh Hasbury for a final try and an excellent 43:12 victory.
Apologies for any forwards not mentioned ( Matt Taylor, Alex Grey, Paul Rushby, Connor Phillips ) as the Red and Black front eight were outstanding and only need to find a better balance with the dangerous three quarter line to develop into one of the best teams to represent the Red and Black.
Also worth noting the players not making the team today who were all on hand and ensure the standards never drop and in fact continue to raise the levels.
A Happy New Year to you all and look forward to more of the same in 2019.