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North Walsham 32 Norwich 14: Brooks signs off with win as Vikings retain Norfolk Senior Cup

PUBLISHED: 16:33 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 06 May 2018

Will Hodgson crashes over the line for North Walsham. Picture: Hywel Jones

Will Hodgson crashes over the line for North Walsham. Picture: Hywel Jones

Chasing Rainbows

On a baking-hot late afternoon at Diss a large crowd at the Norfolk Big Rugby Weekend saw North Walsham retain the Norfolk Senior Cup by beating Norwich by six tries to two.

Vikings' Will Hodgson tries to find a way through the Norwich defence. Picture: Hywel JonesVikings' Will Hodgson tries to find a way through the Norwich defence. Picture: Hywel Jones

Both sides employed rolling substitutions throughout the game, with water breaks in each half.

Theo Elliott missed an early penalty for Norwich, before Dan Smith touched down for the Vikings, Jake Duffield’s conversion going over off the left upright. Roydon Miller followed up for Walsham with a solo effort from half way, Duffield’s kick again bouncing in off the upright.

Simon Darby carried well for Norwich, and Elliott was to remain a threat all afternoon.

Next, Vikings’ wing Jim Riley picked up in the tackle to send Josh Brown over, Duffield adding the extras, before Brown joined the line and Will Swart went away for converted try number four.

Vikings' Will Smart in action against Norwich in the Norfolk Senior Cup final. Picture: Hywel JonesVikings' Will Smart in action against Norwich in the Norfolk Senior Cup final. Picture: Hywel Jones

Just before the break an interception by Smith, who ran the length of the pitch, put the holders 35-0 ahead at half time.

With a man in the sin bin, Walsham started the second half with a strike against the head at a five metre scrum and a try for Will Hodgson, converted by Harry Downing.

Norwich kept coming however, with Elliott in flourishing form, but the Walsham defence held firm.

In mid half, a brawl in centre field, with at least one punch thrown, saw a player from each side sent off.

Roydon Miller in action for North Walsham against Norwich. Picture: Hywel JonesRoydon Miller in action for North Walsham against Norwich. Picture: Hywel Jones

Norwich kept up the pressure, with a try saving turnover by Brown and a last ditch tackle by Duffield keeping them out.

Five minutes from time, with Walsham down to 13 men following another yellow card, repeated Norwich pressure led to a penalty try award.

The Lions followed this up with a move from inside their own half, Chris Parrott finally getting over the whitewash for Elliott to convert.

Departing North Walsham Head of Rugby James Brooks felt it was a great day to finish off at the club, with the Raiders also taking the trophy in the Norfolk Bowl final against Diss earlier in the day.

Dan Smith was among the tries for North Walsham against Norwich. Picture: Hywel JonesDan Smith was among the tries for North Walsham against Norwich. Picture: Hywel Jones

Vikings' Dan Smith on the march against Norwich. Picture: Hywel JonesVikings' Dan Smith on the march against Norwich. Picture: Hywel Jones

Vikings' Roydon Miller in action against Norwich. Picture: Hywel JonesVikings' Roydon Miller in action against Norwich. Picture: Hywel Jones

Action from North Walsham's win over Norwich in the Norfolk Senior Cup final. Picture: Hywel JonesAction from North Walsham's win over Norwich in the Norfolk Senior Cup final. Picture: Hywel Jones

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