Norwich Union Nomads took to the field for only the second time since the 1970s in a hastily arranged game, which was only confirmed the Wednesday before. Limited availability and call-ups to the Firebirds gave captain Richard Ross a few headaches getting a team together, but the faithful few were joined by loan players from Lakenham who were able to make the team up to a full 15.
The Nomads started slowly, but defended well against a big Lakenham pack, who’s direct running eventually took it’ toll on the home team as they went a couple of tries up early on.
However it wasn’t all one-way, as quick ball from a lineout allowed scrum half Russ Clarke to spin the ball to fly half Rodney Arbon, so seeing a gap in the Lakenham defences and raced 60m to the line in a mazy run that saw him round the fullback before scoring a fine try.
The Nomads were unfortunately unable to add to their tally as the game wore on, however the visitors direct approach both in open play and at the set piece allowed them to build they score steadily and they finished the game with seven tries, adding 5 conversions to take their final tally to 45.
The Nomads however acquitted themselves well and improved as the game wore on closing down many a Lakenham attack in the final quarter.
Captain Richard Ross said after the game that he was pleased with the performance of his team and that they stuck to their task, adding that he hoped to organise further games for the Nomads, hopefully with more notice next time.
Scorers: Rodney Arbon 1T