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Holt and North Walsham ready for action as rugby season gets fully up and running

PUBLISHED: 07:14 07 September 2017

North Walsham come up against a determined defence on Saturday. Picture: Hywel Jones

North Walsham come up against a determined defence on Saturday. Picture: Hywel Jones

Chasing Rainbows

The local Rugby Union season gets into full swing on Saturday afternoon, with Holt tackling a new challenge and North Walsham aiming to bounce back from an opening day defeat.

Following relegation from London 2NE Holt find themselves in the London Three Eastern Counties League, which was created during the break to reduce the amount of travelling required over the course of a long campaign.

In the past local teams at this level often found themselves having to travel all the way to Essex for a game but that’s now in the past, with Holt having an attractive looking fixture list featuring teams from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

They kick off the season with a trip to Stowmarket while their first game at Bridge Road is against old rivals West Norfolk on September 16.

North Walsham are at home again at the weekend, with Saffron Walden providing the opposition.

Disappointed though they were at the end result last week against Colchester last week North Walsham will know they were up against what could be genuine promotion contenders. It was obvious from the outset that despite their relegation they were a tight knit bunch with, like Walsham, a good team ethic.

Saturday’s opponents Saffron Walden will be treated as no less a challenge than Colchester despite shipping 50 points to Eton Manor last week. They did however have the consolation of a four try bonus point.

Last season they finished mid table and the two games between themselves and the Vikings were close fought, particularly the end of season encounter when a last minute penalty from Jake Duffield snatched the win by a single point.

There were no apparent injuries at the end of last week’s game but coach James Brooks will still have selections to make as he is likely to have more players to select from. Front rower Tom Browes returns so Brooks can either rotate the front row, putting him in at hooker, or start with him on the bench. Two players who were not considered due to injury last week, Hal Riley and Harry Downing, are also likely to be in contention but that will create questions that Brooks will be happy to address.

The Raiders, who had a successful pre-season friendly at Wymondham last week, are without a fixture while the Warriors’ game at Swaffham has been postponed until later in the season as both sides were light on players.

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