Swaffham edge closer to promotion

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Swaffham RUFC - Credit: Archant

Swaffham 40, Norwich Medics 12

Swaffham ran in six tries to further cement their place at the top of Eastern Counties Division One.

Following a tough encounter with Norwich Union the previous weekend, Swaffham were looking forward to playing a more expansive game on Saturday.

The squad remained largely unchanged with Will Cornwell starting in the front row as the only amendment to the starting team that won the previous week.

Despite the cold, the conditions were conducive to allow for an attacking game.

Swaffham opened the scoring on 12 minutes when a break from Rob Impey allowed them to close in on the Medics line.

Despite slow ball at the resulting breakdown, Daniel Spencer saw space in behind the defensive line and chipped over the top for Joe Milligan to collect and score.

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A further try followed on 27 minutes when Matty Taylor picked at the back of a ruck in the Medics line and sneaked over for the try.

Medics then hit back strongly and a counter from a Swaffham clearance was eventually scored in the corner.

This failed to stop Swaffham’s momentum and the home side restored their lead soon after through Daniel Bird.

The bonus point was secured just before half-time with the try of the match when another barnstorming run from Daniel Bird was supported well by Adam Potter and then finished off by Daniel Barnard under the posts to secure a 26-5 interval lead.

Into the second half, Medics scored the first points when an attacking kick by Swaffham was intercepted and run in for an 80-yard score. Medics were unable to capitalise on this and Swaffham continued to dominate the game.

The fifth try came from a Ryan Bigland offload at the scrum to Stig Terzza. The final try of the game was scored in the 61st minute when the impressive Adam Potter crashed over.

This was a strong and clinical performance from Swaffham who remain nine points clear of closest rivals Broadland Great Yarmouth, who did their best to keep the pressure on with a 69-0 rout of Thetford.

Promotion could be secured this weekend, even though Swaffham have no game, if Norwich Union fail to win. Swaffham’s next match is at home to Mistley on Saturday March 2.

Tries: Joe. Milligan, Adam Potter, Daniel Barnard, Matty Taylor, Stig Terzza, Daniel Bird. Conversions: Daniel Spencer 5 from 6. Man of the Match: Matty Taylor.