North Walsham 12 – 5 Norwich
Woodbridge 14 – 5 North Walsham
Norwich 26 – 19 Woodbridge
The long journey to Norfolk saw U14s take on both Norwich and North Walsham in a 3 team mini-tournament.
Following a close encounter between North Walsham and Norwich, Woodbridge’s 1st match was against a big physical North Walsham team. With the long grass and soft under-footing, it was clearly going to be a game dominated by the forwards, and that’s exactly what the Woodbridge did… dominate! Powerful running, purposeful rucking, and a very effective maul had the Norfolk boys on the back foot throughout. The Warriors ran out winners 2 tries to 1, with the result making the game sound closer than it was.
The 2nd match against our hosts Norwich started badly with the concession of 2 early tries before we were able to pull one back. Norwich were able to extend their lead either side of half-time against the now tiring Woodbridge, but a excellent fight back in the 2nd half almost saw us claw the lead back. A couple of more minutes would of in all likelihood at least meant a draw, and probably a fairer result given the balance of play.
Two very spirited performances and a boost ahead this weekend’s Suffolk plate match at Brightlingsea.
Forward of the day went to Max Irwin for his surging runs and physical presence throughout both matches, but every player made a telling contribution throughout. Special mention also to Dan Driver who gave his all at hooker, No. 8, and a cameo performance at outside centre.
At the back, Ethan Hayward at full back was rewarded for his running and positional play with 3 great tries, and a master class kicking-performance converting 4 from 5, with the other hitting the post.
Many thanks to our hosts Norwich for great days rugby, and also to the parents who made the long journey north of the border.