This emphatic win has pushed Norwich Rugby Club into 5th place in the league table thanks to a comfortable win against Wisbech, 46:3, which comes after the postponed game last week.
Despite both teams showing the rustiness thanks to the winter weather postponing games, it was Norwich who made fewer errors, leading to a deserved victory.
The excellent pitch conditions and spring-like weather was perfect for what started off a fast paced match, with Norwich scoring early on thanks to a disrupted Wisbech scrum, which saw Wheater receive a short pass and barge over the try line. As the usual penalty taker, Rob Micklethwaite was injured the kicking duties fell to Josh Ives, who made no mistake.
This try sparked Wisbech into life, who pushed hard after conceding, and although the score line suggests an easy win, it doesn’t give enough credit to the Wisbech forwards who, if it wasn’t for stubborn Norwich defending may have scored more from their spirited attack.
Wisbech’s only points came from a penalty for offside, just after Norwich’s try. Norwich replied quickly though when a kick ahead was picked up by Hancocks that put Wisbech under pressure, forcing a scrum 5 yards from the line, which Adnitt picked up and dived over the line.
Atkinson was next to score, after a quick free kick from Ives who sprinted down the right, passed inside to the big flanker to go over.
Norwich then rucked hard consistently from a 5 yard scrum drawing in the Wisbech defence, creating space for Wheater to score his second of the game.
Hancocks then produced a touch of magic, setting up a good position for the forwards to hammer away at the defence, leaving Ives the chance to dummy and dive over for another try.
After the half-time break the Lions stood firm with only ferocious tackles denying Wisbech any chance of a lifeline back into the game, despite their hard attacks and spreading of play.
A counter attack from MacAuley created another chance for Norwich as he weaved and dodged a few tackles to then provide Jonny O’Brien the chance to gather up the loose ball from the back of a ruck and score. Ives then managed to convert a tight angled kick.
In spite of the score Wisbech battled on and with Norwich constantly being called offside it saw Dougie Greenwood collect the teams yellow card reducing them to 14, with subs Rob Micklethwaite and Lewis Ball coming on. This didn’t hinder the Lions who managed to score an opportunist try when O’Brien latched onto an interception pass, sprinting down the field supported by MacAuley who finished off, leaving the easiest of conversions for Rob Micklethwaite.
Norwich continued to apply pressure late on, another disrupted scrum saw Ives pick the ball up, fed it to Adnitt who passed delightfully across the backs to Martin Cullum to finish off this resilient performance. A good morale boost which will be needed as their next game is tough, against Lowestoft and Yarmouth.
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