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Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 North East Full time

Basildon 5 - 66 Norwich


Basildon 1st XV lose heavily to Norwich

Norwich scored first and apart from Basildon scoring immediately after, they never looked like losing.

Norwich had a steady scrum and a simple, but efficient lineout. Their forwards were in good shape and in the tight head, blind side flanker and number 8 they had good carriers. Their forwards had a good tactic for turning ball over at rucks and in contact.

Norwich also possessed a quick back line with their replacement centre easily the best player on the pitch.

Basildon, as to be expected of a bottom side, never gave up but were unable to gain possession and with what possession they had, failed to convert that into points.

The second half became both a try fest and a celebration of missed tackles.

Basildon’s try came from a smart lineout maul. Robin Groves was chief cherry picker.

Basildon must travel to Woodford, league winners, in their final match. A coach with all three teams will head to the game, all supporters are welcome to join us and further details will be posted later in the week.

Basildon: Beach, Causton, Longhurst, Cushiceri, Sargant, Ridley, Gousten; Dewey, Payne, Hulse, Groves, Stewart, Knowles, Jones, Keefe.

Replacements: Bramley, Einchcomb, L Chaplin.

Dinner - Roast Pork - 9/10.

Attempted drop goals - 0.

Word of the day - Scooter.

The Mary Poppins award - E Keefe.

T Dewey - battled well against a very good prop.
K Payne - off too soon, throws himself into anything.
J Hulse - 100% at lineouts and a presence with the ball.
R Groves - straps his legs well.
I Stewart - added some much needed experience and nous.
J Knowles - worked tirelessly.
R Jones - put in some great hits in defence.
E Keefe - Learnt how to fly, see awards.
J Gounden - some great breaks and impressive hits in defence.
S Ridley - never stopped trying.
L Causton - does not shirk away.
M Cushiceri - still runs the hardest lines.
J Longhurst - always beats the first man.
S Sargant - a real threat with the ball.
A Beach - player sensibly in a new position.
T Bramley - went to work in the scrum.
T Einchcomb - never stopped when he came on.
L Chaplin - carried well for a young guy.

Team selection

Beach, Aaron Beach, Aaron
Sargeant, Sam Sargeant, Sam
Longhurst, Jack Longhurst, Jack
Causton, Levi Causton, Levi
Ridley, Sam Ridley, Sam
Gounden, Jared Gounden, Jared
Keefe, Elliott Keefe, Elliott
Jones, Robert Jones, Robert
Knowles, Jake Knowles, Jake
Stewart, Ian Stewart, Ian
Groves, Robin Groves, Robin
Hulse, Jamie Hulse, Jamie
Payne, Kieran Payne, Kieran
Dewey, Thomas Dewey, Thomas

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Wanstead 22 63
7. Ipswich 22 57
8. Southwold 22 50
9. South Woodham Ferrers 22 44
10. Cantabrigian 22 41
11. Harlow 22 38
12. Basildon 22 6

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