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Your News Woodbridge Warriors 64 - Fakenham 0

On a miserable damp, breezy day in persistent rain Fakenham arrived at Hatchley Barn seeking revenge for their 10-22 loss at home earlier this season. The rugby-starved Warriors (wearing white) looked hungry after weather - interrupted training and postponed fixtures. John Yorke in particular put up an early marker with a blast-through run taking play up towards the visitors 5m line. The first scrum saw Warrior Johno Cooke pick off the back to drive over on 10 minutes, John Yorke converted. Fakenham came back energetically, their fly half kicked over and necessitated hasty defence from Woodbridge under the posts in their own 22 until saved by a penalty. The Warrior backs attempted open play in hostile weather conditions as Fakenham tended to kick away possession hard-won by their aggressive forwards. This tactic eventually allowed Warriors Donovan Steward and Jimmy Mayhew to win a penalty for Yorke who quickly tapped, charged, scored and converted. A confident Warrior pack rucked well after the restart, Andy Brown grafting in the loose, to keep the majority of possession until Yorke put in a blistering run to score and convert. 21-0 Half time.

The second half got underway with Fakenham reasserting some pressure but the Warrior forwards and backs both functioned well, linked up to harangue and exploit any mistake from their guests. After relentless forays Woodbridge scrum half, Eddie Johnson, intercepted and Josh Simpkin-Betts broke for Yorke to score and convert his hat trick try. The Warriors pattern of forward domination and creative back play repeated itself against a valiant but weakening defence as Steward ran through to score twice, Ben Macintyre scored his debut try for the club (two conversions uncharacteristically missed by John Yorke), and Johnson and Captain Bobby Armour also scored in the last quarter of the game. Woodbridge walked off having put on a competent performance through the breadth of the team. They showed confidence in the conditions and often resisted the urge to kick sensing correctly that they could use the possession more creatively against a weaker three-quarter defence.

Final score Woodbridge Warriors 64 Fakenham 0

Woodbridge Warriors; 1 Harris, 2 Herring, 3 Codd, 4 Brown, 5 Armour, 6 Andrews, 7 Mayhew, 8 Cooke, 9 Johnson, 10 Simpkin Betts, 11 Johnson 12 Yorke, 13 Macintyre, 14 Steward, 15 Steward. Replacements: 16 Richardson, 17 Manning, 19 Gray.

Fakenham; 1 Warren, 2 Smith, 3 Glossop, 4 Sayer, 5 Marshall, 6 Toher, 7 Saggers, 8 Strong, 9 Richardson, 10 Bane-Young, 11 Barker, 12, Clay, 13 Allen, 14 Gee, 15 Syer, Replacements; 16 Day, 17 Green.

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