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Ipswich enjoy big victory over Holt

LONDON 2 NORTH: Ipswich 52 Holt 18

WITHIN two minutes, Ipswich’s Tim Hopkins crossed the line for a try, converted by Craig Burrows.

What followed was a highly-entertaining half of rugby by quite easily the best opposition the home side have faced this season.

Scrum half John Lasbrey went over on 14 minutes taking the score to 12-0.

Holt replied with the first breach of the Ipswich line this season with a converted try.

Tim Lloyd then got in on the action with a try on 24 minutes which Burrows converted.

However Holt promptly replied with an unconverted one of their own.

The next score was critical. Brad James went on one of his close-range bullocking runs and scored an unconverted try.

Holt narrowed the gap before half-time to make the interval score 26-15 to the hosts.

In the second period, Ipswich had too much fire power in nearly every position.

Sides of lesser mettle than Holt would have collapsed.

By 54 minutes Ipswich had scored two converted tries through Lloyd and Josh James.

Further tries followed from Brad James and local boy Aquila Toro to make the final score 52-18

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Former Ipswich Town and Norwich City players have recounted their East Anglian derby memories ahead of Sunday’s clash between the sides at Portman Road.

Norwich City will ‘never, ever be a bigger club than Ipswich Town’, says Blues legend Ray Crawford.

Norwich City travel to Ipswich Town for the latest episode of the East Anglian football derby on Sunday.

The wait is nearly over – the first East Anglian derby of the season takes place this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko) as Ipswich Town host Norwich City at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town host Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby of the 2017/18 campaign this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Suffolk FA Women’s Cup

Ipswich Town 11

Walsham-le-Willows 0

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Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira last night kicked off derby week with a shot at Ipswich Town – insisting the Canaries are a ‘better club’ than the Blues, and have ‘better players.’

Next Sunday’s derby now assumes even great significance after Saturday’s disappointing result at Bramall Lane, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

The 2017/18 honeymoon period is well and truly over, the bubble has burst, normal service has resumed. Our beloved Ipswich are dropping back to where they belong – mid-table at best...

Consider this an East Anglian derby rallying cry.

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