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Heathens win derby encounter

PUBLISHED: 18:15 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 21:42 07 July 2010

Thetford Heathens 27, Swaffham II 14

Thetford hosted Swaffham for their first home league fixture of the rugby season.

It was clear from the start that Thetford were the better drilled side, and dominated both Line-out and maul from the start.

Thetford Heathens 27, Swaffham II 14

Thetford hosted Swaffham for their first home league fixture of the rugby season.

It was clear from the start that Thetford were the better drilled side, and dominated both Line-out and maul from the start.

Front row of Daryl Gilson, Richard Sharp and Dave Hammett provided an excellent platform so scrum half Richard Smith could release the backs.

This led to two first half tries from in-form full-back Liam Burnell which was generously gifted by Ian Wallis, and fly-half Jack Bloss, who created a magical solo try.

The second-half saw Thetford begin to dominate further with some patient work from the forwards which came straight from the training field. Dave Cummings rose high in the line-out and led the pack by his own example.

Hooker Richard Sharp scored a well taken try before Thetford let off the pressure during a 10 minute spell which allowed Swaffham to hit back with two tries.

Captain Dave Ward rallied his team once more and Thetford hit back with two further tries, from number 8 Phil Williams and power prop Daryl Gilson.

Man of the match was flanker Mike Suttling who was magnificent once again and is surely in line for his chance in the first team.

After the game coach Neal Tynne praised the team for “an excellent all-round performance”


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