In front of a large crowd celebrating the Alan Harvey Back to Norwich Day, Norwich put on a feast in the last home game of the season. Norwich are often slow starters, but on Saturday they were straight out of the blocks with a brace of tries by young winger Toby Neil in the 4th and 14th minutes, the second of which full back Jay O’Brien converted and in between scrum half Joe Srokowski went over for O’Brien to add the conversion. This put Norwich 19 points up and they never looked back.
Norwich continued to dominate and after half an hour no.8 Aaron Nicholson went over after an outrageous dummy from second row Gareth Leake had created the opening. O’Brien added the conversion. Moments later, man of the match Jonny Coltman finished off a flowing move, after an initial break by skipper Jonny Wheater. This was not converted. Just before half time, Wheater got himself on the scoresheet and O’Brien added the conversion to make the score 38 -0 in Norwich’s favour.
Norwich had to turn round at the break and play into the wind, and soon had a reminder that the visitors were not there just to make up the numbers, when after a period of pressure their scrum half James Payne, scored half way out for no.8 Michael Reeves to add the conversion. This seemed to spur Norwich to greater efforts and they were rewarded when Coltman scored his second try, after some great handling and support play which was not converted. Newmarket then came back into the game, but Norwich’s defence did not let them down again. After 25 minutes Wheater scored his second try after a deft kick ahead, which went unconverted. The best try of the game came after 32 minutes when Norwich had forced a turnover and the ball went sweetly through several pairs of hands to put O’Brien over in the corner. He could not convert his own try.
The game was wrapped up with 2 further Norwich tries one by replacement centre Jordy Walker, who went over under the posts and the other by young fly-half Chris Parrott, both of which were converted by O’Brien to conclude a thoroughly satisfactory afternoon for Norwich.