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Switch-offs cost rugby team

PUBLISHED: 08:08 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:29 07 July 2010

Dereham rugby action.

Dereham rugby action.

Wymondham III 20, Dereham II 20

After defeat to Holt in the league, Dereham II were looking to win this friendly.

Dereham started strongly, keeping Wymondham in their own 22, and after consistent pressure on the line, Lester broke the deadlock, breaking down the wing to score in the corner.

Wymondham III 20, Dereham II 20

After defeat to Holt in the league, Dereham II were looking to win this friendly.

Dereham started strongly, keeping Wymondham in their own 22, and after consistent pressure on the line, Lester broke the deadlock, breaking down the wing to score in the corner.

Wymondham but were simply outplayed, and went 10-0 down after Berry saw a gap in the defence and ran in Dereham's second try.

Dereham then started to switch off, and after some strong rucking by the Wymondham pack, and some weak tackling by Dereham, their forwards forced their way over the line.

A pick and drive from the Wymondham pack was quickly spun to the wing by Thomas, who was causing all sorts of problems for Dereham at scrum half, and the winger scored in the corner for 10-10 at half-time.

A couple of minutes into the second half Dereham had regained their lead. Edwards laid the ball off to Watcham, who was tackled, but Berry picked up and score his second try.

Leeder added to their lead with a pick up and drive after the Dereham pack forced Wymondham deep into their own half. The game then slowed down, with most of the play being in the midfield, and Dereham switched off as they had done in the first half, allowing Wymondham to score two late tries and save a draw.

Dereham Barbarians faced a strong Ely side on a windy Sunday morning.

Ely defended early pressure with some big hits in the centres. Seeing that there was nothing on, Josh sat himself in the pocket and struck a clean drop-goal to give the Barbarians some early points.

Evans put the restart up high and gave the Barbarian forwards the chance to win the ball. Quick ball from Jacob gave Bullock the chance to run a nice arc around the Ely defence to score.

Ely upped their game and found a way through the Barbarians' line for the captain to score. The Barbarians won a penalty in the midfield but a mis-kick allowed the Ely winger to score and give them a narrow lead going into the break.

The Barbarians started the second half with the same efficiency as they began the first. A long spiralling kick over the Ely backs from Edwards led to the Ely fullback being caught in possession and the Barbarians exerted pressure on the Ely line. After a few phases of play Evans broke powerfully from the back of a ruck to cross the line and score.

From the restart the Barbarian forwards worked themselves in to the Ely half, Edwards received the ball at the 22 and with some nice footwork and good strength the fly half scored.

Ely soon found themselves camped in their own half. Durrant took the ball into contact and the Barbarian pack set up a 30-metre drive for the line. After a few phases of play Jacob saw a gap and dived over the line to score a deserved try.

More pressure on the Ely line led to his second score after a sniping break from the ever-dangerous Val. Jacob capitalised with an ambitious turning dive to ground the ball and round off a good performance at scrum half.

The match had been riddled with yellow cards for Ely and eventually the match was called short. Throughout Val and Spencer had put in big tackles. Captain Josh said: “We kept our discipline and have come out on top with a good performance. There were some fine displays, notably from Val, Spencer and McCulloch…as well as a really promising debut from Pete in the front row.”

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