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Thetford's champion feeling

PUBLISHED: 15:57 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 07 July 2010

THETFORD, champions of Eastern Counties League Division Two, ended their successful season with a dominant rugby performance, winning 41-0.

Thetford are promoted into Eastern Counties One, are Woodford's Junior Cup Champions and the Heathens' side are Norfolk Merit Table Champions, promoted into Merit Table One.

THETFORD, champions of Eastern Counties League Division Two, ended their successful season with a dominant rugby performance, winning 41-0.

Thetford are promoted into Eastern Counties One, are Woodford's Junior Cup Champions and the Heathens' side are Norfolk Merit Table Champions, promoted into Merit Table One.

PortaRamp man of the match and captain Gordon Hodgkinson said after the match against Broadland: “This performance has rounded off a fantastic season for this team and Thetford Rugby Club.

“The lads have worked hard all season, training and playing Saturday afternoons, and the league title is the reward they all deserve.”

Thetford travelled to Broadland having been confirmed league champions the previous week by default, with Lakenham Hewitt failing to field a side to face Thetford at Two Mile Bottom.

Broadland have had a strong run towards the end of the season and welcomed a Thetford side brimming with confidence and wanting to make amends for not playing the week before.

Broadland won the toss and elected to kick, giving Thetford the benefit of a strong cross-field wind, which they immediately took advantage of, with the boot of the ever-youthful Gavin Crowley pinning Broadland deep in their own half. Thetford's pack took control of the game up front, and following three phases of driving rugby, were rewarded with a try from Adam Allen, powering his way over.

This set the tone for the rest of the half, with Thetford's pack overwhelming the Broadland pack in set-pieces, rucks and mauls. It wasn't long before second-row Carl Webster struck with his customary power drive to score.

Webster was influential in Keith Rix's try, taking a clean ball in the line-out, and Thetford's pack combined and drove for the line, with Rix dotting the ball down to score.

Despite the domination up-front, Thetford's backs were not spectators, and when Broadland were in possession, defended solidly, with notable performances from Burt Reynolds and Tony Watson in the midfield.

After another driving try from Webster, the score stood at 22-0 at half-time.

Broadland came at Thetford early in the second half, but found the defence solid and it wasn't long before captain Gordon Hodgkinson took a pass from Harper just inside the Broadland half and accelerated through the line of defence, and with a slick side-step, went around the full-back to score under the posts.

To round off an excellent performance, winger Adam Brown used his pace and footwork to score two tries of note. The final score was extended with three conversions from Crowley.

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