Norwich expecting tougher challenge from Wanstead after big win over Ipswich
Norwich returned to winning ways with a dominant 67-7 thumping of Ipswich but things get a lot tougher tomorrow as they travel to second-placed Wanstead in London 2NE.
The newly-promoted hosts will present a formidable challenge as they have only been beaten by the leaders Rochford Hundred so far this season, winning 27-24 at Old Cooperians last weekend.
Ahead of the trip to north-east London, director of rugby David Everitt said: “After an extremely focused and committed first half last week the second half was disappointing in that we lost that focus and our discipline.
“We again gave away far too many penalties that allowed Ipswich back into the game and it was only our resolute defence that kept them at bay. Our tackling was excellent and we won several turnovers but then undid all that good work with unnecessary penalties.
“The coaches have worked hard on this aspect with the squad and we should see improvements as the players understand their failings.”
Norwich, in fourth place with five wins from seven games, travel without the unavailable Dave Micklethwaite and Mike Lawton and injured duo Nick Austin and Nathan Wilson. Jake Wharton replaces Micklethwaite at seven and Robbie Bridgstock replaces Lawton at centre, with Si Darby returning from injury.
Coach Jonny O’Brien added: “It was a very pleasing display on Saturday especially the first half where we were very clinical and dominated in both forwards and backs.
“We head into the Wanstead game in good spirits. We know this will be a tough game but if we play with the intensity and focus we showed last week it should be a cracking game.”
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Fakenham have a remarkable points difference of 190 after winning all seven of their games so far but Broadland have lost all of their matches.
Elsewhere, second-placed Diss Saracens travel to Norwich Medics, third-placed North Walsham Raiders host Swaffham and Norwich Union host Beccles.