West Norfolk aiming for second promotion in a row

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West Norfolk RUFC are aiming for back-to-back promotions tomorrow in an exciting end to the rugby season.

After going up last season into London North East 3 they are already bidding to hop a further step ahead.

A handsome victory at leaders Sudbury tomorrow will give them a fighting chance, although to do so West will have to beat a top two side for the first time in their 2014/15 campaign.

If the North Wootton-based outfit do get promoted into London North East 2 it has been 15 years since West were at that league level. The top two go up automatically and at present West are third to Cantabrigian only on points difference.

Cantabrigian host Lowestoft & Yarmouth in their final match.

‘Cantabs’ are 51 points better off than the Gatehouse Lane side in the points difference stakes, so realistically West need Cantabs to not obtain more league points than them on Saturday.

Lawrence Savage, first XV captain, said: “If we beat Sudbury with a bonus point win then we need them to drop a point for us to leap frog them.

“It’s a very exciting end to the season!”

West manager, Nigel Richardson, said: “If we beat Sudbury with a bonus point win and Lowestoft & Yarmouth can do us a favour then we’ll leap frog Cantabs into the second promotion spot.

“West have one of the best defensive records in the league, second only to Sudbury.

“However, we’ve not scored as many points in attack as we should have in some games, so if it comes down to points difference Cantabs will have the edge as it stands.”

West Norfolk gave their points difference a boost by winning their final home game of the season 103-14 against third from bottom visitors Old Brentwoods a fortnight ago.

They narrowly lost to Sudbury 13-16 at home on the first day of the campaign back in September.

The following week West were edged out at Cantabrigian 16-7, but since then West have lost just twice.

Coach, Chris Bird, added: “The lads have been playing some super, attacking rugby this season.

“They’ve worked hard and to be where we are now following promotion last year is a testament to the effort everyone has put in.”

Savage added: “We’ve come far over the last couple of seasons and it’s great to see the team and supporters enjoying their rugby.

“However, I know as a group we still strive to keep improving.

“We are ambitious and as long as we maintain our focus, I know this squad can go onto greater things.”

London & SE Division London 3 North East

Team Pd W D L Pt

Sudbury 21 19 1 1 95

Cantabrigian 21 17 0 4 86

West Norfolk 21 17 0 4 86

Harlow 21 13 1 7 68

Lowestoft & Y 21 12 0 9 62

Upminster 21 10 0 11 53

Wanstead 21 9 1 11 53

Stowmarket 21 8 1 12 47

Beccles 21 8 0 13 42

Old Brentwoods 21 7 0 14 37

Clacton 21 3 0 18 6

Billericay 21 1 0 20 2

How the promotion rivals compare on points difference:

Cantabrigian F898 A305 Diff593

West Norfolk F805 A265 D540

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