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Broadland-Great Yarmouth 10, Dereham 3BROADLAND-Great Yarmouth required composure in the final minutes of this league fixture. Dereham played wide and open and it was all-round solid defensive work that ensured a home victory.

Broadland-Great Yarmouth 10, Dereham 3

BROADLAND-Great Yarmouth required composure in the final minutes of this league fixture. Dereham played wide and open and it was all-round solid defensive work that ensured a home victory.

B-GY started well and an early break from flanker Ed Dixon created a fantastic early field position. Fly half Ash Lightfoot had two early penalty attempts go wide. Broadland had momentum and the pack were a dominant force in the scrum. But final passes were not as good as they could have been and Dereham kept kicking themselves out of trouble.

Broadland had a number of great breaks down the side from Jake Sewell that opened the game up, with the ball passed back inside through support players for hooker Rye Bilyard to tear a hole through the Dereham defensive line to dive over and score (converted Lightfoot), Dereham pulled back a penalty before half-time.

The second half started well for Broadland with an impressive 40-yard drive from a maul. Prop Richard Bristo barrelled through tackles before being pulled down just short of the line. Broadland attacked and finally a penalty was awarded against Dereham and Lightfoot added an easy three points.

Broadland introduced three replacements in Joe Payne, Mark White and Rian Gallie. Dereham resorted to up and unders but full back Doggett took the balls cleanly. In the final 10 B-GY really came into their own.

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Dereham were stringing some excellent play together but Broadland made some hard hitting tackles with Ed Dixon and Ash Lightfoot providing some crucial ones. Broadland rode the Dereham attacks with great defensive composure and recorded a valuable win.

Tries: R Bilyard. Pen: Lightfoot 1 of 3. Con: Lightfoot 1 of 1.

Team: Doggett, J Sewell, M Abeysekera, S Ledgerwood, B Collings, A Lightfoot, S Ruddick, M Beckett (capt), R Bilyard, R Bristo, S French, R Chiddle, A Morrison, E Dixon, A Towfighi. Replacements: R Gallie (61 mins), M White (62 mins), J Payne (65 mins).

Norwich Crusaders 5, Broadland-Gt Yarmouth (Tigers) 0

The teams were squarely balanced. Crusaders were the first to set up several phases of play but the Tigers' tackling did not let them down, resulting in a turn over and the penalty against Crusaders. From the lineout the Tigers set up phases with some deft play between forwards and backs.

But this was not enough to break down the Crusaders' defence. Neither team could set up that final move for the try and the game degenerated into brawn over brain in the centre of the pitch.

The crack came in the Tigers' defence with 10 minutes to go with Crusaders setting up a quick break down the blind side. With the Tigers running out of defenders the Crusaders winger crossed the line to score. Broadland Tigers now have three home games.

MoM: S Clover.

Team: W Gibbs, G Hawkes, M Smart, J Fogg, M Cammock, A Hewitt, C Hewitt, P Abel, P Buckley, R Clarke, S Browne, S Clover, F M, T Barber, D Moorehouse. Subs: D Beagrie, P Crane.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 26, Worth Old Boys 5

IN their first game since mid-December, L&Y worked off the ring-rust to post a tidy and deserved victory in this EDF Junior Vase game, to reach the final 16 of the country-wide competition. Worth travelled from Battersea in London and belied their poor league form to play some expansive, well structured and sparkling rugby.

The main theme for the game was L&Y's scrambling defence which kept out the WOB runners, allied to L&Y's ruthlessness in the scoring zone.

A scrum offence gave Chapman the chance to put L&Y three points up. WOB hit back with a fine unconverted try. L&Y tightened up and a massive drive and wheel at a 5m scrum gave Marc Thomas the space to crash over in the corner for L&Y's first try. Chapman added another penalty following a superb Woodhouse burst up the middle. McElroy sprinted in from 40m after being set up by Chapman's electric break from a turnover for a half-time lead of 16-5.

L&Y started the second half with another Chapman penalty, then spent a long period defending. Eventually a burst by centre Miles McAlone set up a scrum from which fast ball allowed Scott Nelson to barge over and Chapman to convert.

Lowestoft and Yarmouth II 7, North Walsham III 57

Against a side that had more than a sprinkling of players with of experience playing at national league level the young bucks of Lowestoft showed true character and pushed the Walsham side for the full 80 minutes.

The first half saw notable performances from Tom Fox, James Gee, Mark Brooks, Sam Jeremy, university returnee Paul Woodcock and newcomer Steven Brown led by Peter Anderson.

The out-weighed forwards put in a solid performance and countered the weight disadvantage with speed and sleight of hand with the back row trio of Tommy Simmons , Andy Chittenden and Nathan catching the eye.

The front three of Newton, Protheroe and Roberts worked as a solid unit throughout with Chilvers and Millet working tirelessly in the engine room.

Second half L&Y countered with a superb try in the corner, the ball going through all the three quarters' hands to Steven Brown who stepped back inside four Walsham defenders to cross the line (converted Tom Fox). L&Y MoM: James Gee.