Basildon 5 - 66 Norwich
By Elliott Keefe
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.