West win Colts rugby derby at Swaffham

MLNF John Nwaneri.
MLNF John Nwaneri.

Swaffham 20 West Norfolk Colts 42

West made the relatively short trip with almost a full squad; Swaffham however were short so West loaned them three players.

MLNF Alfie Burton

MLNF Alfie Burton

If West thought this game was going to be an easy win they were sadly mistaken, Swaffham had other ideas as they forced West back into their own 22 for the first 20 minutes.

Against the run of play, the ball reached Freddie Playford whose pace and strength were too much for the chasing defenders. West doubled their lead after a poor clearance was pounced on by Mitchell Anderson. Swaffham hit back with a good move through their backs and quickly drew level after a good kick chase.

West knew they were in for a tough day as they started to wake up and move the ball through the backs once again Freddie Playford was on hand to drive over to restore West’s lead. The lead was extended again as Anderson scored his second of the day.

The half ended with an injury to Playford which meant a reshuffle for the second half. Swaffham made the most of the lack of organisation to drive over to pull back to within one score.

The game had to be halted for a while to deal with what could only be described as an explosion of testosterone. Once calmed the second half resumed. The break seemed to benefit West more as the up to now strong defence of Swaffham began to miss tackles which gave West space which they exploited well.

First to benefit was Harry Mahoney, after Alex Smith turned over the ball, who stepped and smashed his way to extend the lead once more. Next up was Alfie Burton with some footwork that Fred Astaire would have been proud of then the pace to out run the desperate defenders.

Swaffham pushed deep into West’s half only to be turned over again: this time John Nwaneri stole the ball, made 30 metres before offloading, then continued to support the move only to receive the ball back to finish off with a well-deserved try.

Swaffham to their credit continued to drive forwards and were rewarded with another try. West had the last word on the score sheet as a rampaging Mahoney ripped through the now-tired Swaffham defence.

With the exception of the hiccup in the second half the game was played in a good spirit and many thanks to Swaffham for their hospitality.

Man of the match: John Nwaneri.