Weather frustrates Vikings

The late postponement of North Walsham's game at Haywards Heath denied the Vikings the chance to move up the table and finish the first half of the season on a winning note.

The late postponement of North Walsham's game at Haywards Heath denied the Vikings the chance to move up the table and finish the first half of the season on a winning note.

Hopefully the weather will have relented by Saturday when they again hit the road to face fifth-placed Luton. The sides met at Scottow just five weeks ago with theVikings losing by four points but facing 14 men for the whole of the second half. It was a game they should have

Last week's selection is almost certain to be revised as the injuries to Lee Sandberg, Jamie Burroughs, Leon Davies and Tom Holt will have had a week to clear up.

If Sandberg is fit he will probably return to the scrum half position allowing Gideon Strydom, for who this will be a farewell appearance before returning to South Africa, to move to the wing.

It is a slot he filled for the first time against Portsmouth and one he relished for the freedom it gave him. Neither Davies nor Iain Beck was available last week and the return of either will mean a change in the second row and a probable place on the bench for the one not selected to start.

The Raiders, without a game for the past two weeks, will travel with the Vikings to play their Luton counterparts while the Warriors host Norwich 2nds at Scottow, hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Woodfordes Merit table.

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Warriors maintained their good run and racked up their eighth win of the season, defying appalling conditions to overpower a game Swaffham side who only failed to get on the scoreboard due to some well organised defence by the visitors.

Playing a sensible game by moving the ball through hands with soft passes, Walsham were on the scoreboard in the third minute through a touchdown by No 8 Soul Phoenix, who finished with a hat-trick. Other tries came from Paul Parkin (2), Matt Purling, Aki Downing, Ross Nicholson, Will Quinn, Mark McCall and Ian Webster and Gavin Keating and conversions from Phoenix, Keating and Nicholson.

North Walsham U15 69, Diss U15s 0

With school commitments affecting weekend rugby this was just the third outing of the season for the Walsham lads. Diss have in the past offered stiff opposition. However they were severely weakened by absentees in key positions and were no match for a rampant Walsham side.

The first score came with just over a minute on the clock when Laurence Austin crossed wide out on the right. Jimmy Randell was next on the scoreboard before Seth Rodger touched down twice in the space of 10 minutes and Thomas Rhodes also put his name on the score sheet. And by the end of the first quarter Walsham effectively had the game wrapped up.

Playing a genuine 15-man game the forwards were winning good ball and Max Moore's swift distribution setting the backs away making for good entertainment.

Second row Andrew Miller scored in the corner following a forward drive from a tapped penalty and new recruit Albert Lindsell showed pace to cross wide out and touch down behind the posts.

Second half and Walsham's defence was tested for a long period before they broke out and added to their score when Linsdell went over for his second, swiftly followed by Rhodes. In the final five minutes Rodger and Linsdell completed their hat-tricks and Toby Fletcher capped a solid kicking performance with his seventh conversion.