Broadland field three teams over weekend

Ipswich YM 18, Broadland 0If the result did not go Broadland's way, the afternoon was a special occasion as for the first time since 1999 the club fielded three teams on the same weekend.

Ipswich YM 18, Broadland 0

If the result did not go Broadland's way, the afternoon was a special occasion as for the first time since 1999 the club fielded three teams on the same weekend.

If the playing base continues to grow the 3rd XV will be a permanent addition with a full fixture list for the 2008/09 season.

Broadland held firm to early attacks with centres Tommy Simmonds and Brad Sutherland making their tackles count in the midfield. Broadland's pack was solid in the scrum, but the line-out was proving difficult in the crosswind for both sides. Ipswich went over to score a converted try to take the lead, and this was extended shortly after with a penalty.

Broadland put together some excellent play with Jake Sewell, Leighton Buckley and Finn Alfshinpour all putting in some good runs, however Broadland were always struggling to get into the Ipswich half.

Broadland's defence on the whole was as good as it had been all season, and the back row of Ed Dixon, Adam Towfighi and Asa Morrison, were keeping Ipswich pinned back.

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Broadland were joined at the start of the second half by inside centre Ashley Lightfoot, but despite Broadland's change in tactics they could not make the clean break.

Ipswich soaked up the attacks and then scored wide on a counter-attack.

Broadland struggled to get back into the game and despite plenty of possession were unable to turn set pieces into phased play.

Ipswich added a penalty shortly before the conclusion of the match.

Norwich 3rd XV 27, Broadland 2nd XV 5

BROADLAND Tigers travelled to a similar mix of youth and experience . The home side decided to play with the wind at their backs in the first half.

Broadland generated their fair share of ball from both line and scrum and saw storming runs from Fogg and man of the match Smart.

Against the run of play Norwich got on the scoreboard first then added a further try shortly after.

Moss replaced the injured Barber in the unfamiliar position of outside centre. Broadland leaked a further two unanswered tries, again from missed tackles, before half-time.

At the turnaround Broadland's tactics were to use the conditions and kick to the corners, which soon paid dividends, with Abel pouncing on a loose ball at a Norwich line-out on the five metre and darting over the line, all set up by a searching kick from scrum half Clarke on the halfway.

Hewitt showed great skills popping the ball off the floor to Collings who twisted and turned through would be tacklers, making good inroads into the Norwich defence.

Hewitt left the field on the 50-minute mark after injuring his shoulder in a heavy tackle. Hewitt's replacement Durrant was soon into the action taking on the Norwich defences.

Broadland capitalised on a number of penalties to run the ball downfield with Smart and Fogg leading the way. But the Norwich defences held firm, with Clarke coming closest, stopped inches from the line.

Jarvis marked a return to the team with a solid performance.

The Tigers' next game is away to Dereham II, meet at Cobholm playing fields at 11.45am.