West Norfolk RUFC 36
West Norfolk notched up their second league win with a bonus point victory on Saturday at Gatehouse Lane.
Wanstead were sat in third place and looking in strong form. However, West were determined following a disappointing loss at Lowestoft & Yarmouth the previous week.
Although missing a couple of players, the hosts were able to welcome back Jamie Williamson at No.8 and winger Alex Singleton, with Tommy Windibank making his senior debut on the bench.
West chose to kick off, looking to pin Wanstead back. This soon proved to be the case as the home forwards were able to recycle quick ball out to the backs, setting Jake Richardson free to score down the right on five minutes.
West struck again as Monty Maule took off on a mazy run from fly half, before converting his own try to increase Wests lead to 12-0. His brother, centre Ed Maule, then sliced through to touch down near the posts, Monty adding the extras.
Despite facing larger opposition, the West pack were quickly gaining the upper hand. An excellent string of attacking phases saw Dan Stephenson make a break in the loose, before cutting a pass to Paul Denton who was stopped close to the line. However, the ball was recycled out wide for Tommy Windibank to crash over. Maule’s conversion hit the post (24-0).
Wanstead clawed the scores back to 24-7 going into the break.
Henry Rust, Sam Greenwood and Harrison McNaught were able to crash through tackles, causing some holes to open up in the visitors’ defence. This resulted in Wests fifth try from Maule under the posts, Alex Singleton slotting the conversion.
Wanstead’s hooker was sin-binned but they burst over from close range to score (31-12). West regrouped in the final quarter and Jamie Williamson bundled over the line.
Coach Chris Bird said: “After last week we asked the players to respond strongly and it was great to see them take the initiative and play with some tremendous hunger, controlling the match from the start. There are a few things to work on still.”
West next host Stowmarket tomorrow, 3pm KO.
Tulip Man of the Match: Paul Denton.
West 3rds beat Lakenham Hewitt 1sts 24-19 away, coming from 19-0 down.