Wymondham 11 Norwich 32
Norwich shook off last week’s lethargic display when Cartwright scored a try against Wymondham after 4 minutes although Rob Micklethwaite failed with the conversion. Wyatt then kicked a penalty for the home team and there was sustained pressure on the Norwich line before a breakout led to Micklethwaite kicking a penalty for Norwich at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw Wyatt kick a penalty, taking the score to 8-6, but then miss with three other attempts. The Norwich scrum half, Sawford, was forced off with a chest injury and then both Cartwright and Leake were sin binned by the referee. The usual benefit of playing fewer opponents did not materialise with one promising Wymondham surge brought to a halt when David Micklethwaite demonstrated his tackling prowess on a player twice his size. However the game had been relatively even and Wymondham were unlucky to be behind just before half time.
Norwich then found that playing with only 13 players suited their style scoring a try by Rob Micklethwaite, converted by O’Brien, at the end of the first half and then another try by O’Brien, which he converted, at the beginning of the second.
With all their players back on the pitch Norwich were beginning to take control but, after a penalty from O’Brien, the Wymondham pack drove Blake over for a try at the end of the third quarter which was not converted.
Norwich dominated the fourth quarter camping on the Wymondham line for much of the time. Stout Wymondham defence kept them from crossing the line until the 36th minute when Norwich captain Wheater scored the bonus point try which O’Brien converted.
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