With the anticipated warm weather forecast for the game this weekend, Norwich Rugby Football Club, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, travelled to Cambridge, hoping to maintain their position in the league against Cantabrigian. It was going to be a tough game with their host’s undefeated home record.
In the first eight minutes of the game the hosts threatened to dominate the game and set the scene for the match. However, Norwich gave away a penalty when they were judged to be offside, leaving them 3 – 0 behind within just a few minutes of the start.
Norwich gradually pulled back and dominated the play for the next period. Five minutes from half time the opposition deliberately knocked the ball on, preventing the final pass and run to the line, which resulted in a Cantabrigian’s player being given a yellow card.
Norwich, keen to put the game back in their favour, started the second half dominating the play, but were unable to convert any of their scoring chances. After conceding a penalty for not retreating 10 metres, Norwich lost some of their discipline which resulted in a number of penalties, taking the score to 14 – 5. The referee’s interpretation of the law of the game seemed difficult for Norwich to follow and lead to the penalty count increasing.
The last ten minutes of the game saw Norwich miss easy chances to score, as players did not take advantage of team members playing positions or options to kick penalty points. In the final period of the game, a spirited push by the team resulted with a score in the corner, but unfortunately in resulted in a win for the hosts.
Congratulations to Cantabrigian! Final score Norwich RFC 10 – Cantabrigian RFC 14.
Final league game team photograph
It was a memorable end to this season. The newly promoted Norwich team have not only gone up in the league, but they have been led by the club’s youngest ever captain David Micklethwaite. They should all be very proud of their commitment to the game and their achievements this season. Their next game is against Diss in the Norfolk Cup.
For the full match report by Andy Potts please click here