West Norfolk Rugby Club look to continue unbeaten start
West Norfolk Rugby Club head into 2020 in high spirits off the back of what can only be described as one of the most successful starts to a season in the club’s history.
The first team are unbeaten in all competitions, with the development team being promoted in to Eastern Counties Division 2 North and the ladies starting solidly in the Women’s NC 1 Midlands league.
Supported by a successful youth system, West Norfolk continues to thrive as a rugby club and this is something that everyone wants to see continue for future seasons to come.
The first team know they have a huge task ahead of them if they are to continue this run and secure promotion into London North East 2 – a position the club has not seen itself in for a number of years.
With Cantabrigian breathing down their necks in second place and only a point behind, every game counts.
Head coach Darren Clarke knows only too well how important it is that the team remain focused and committed on the task in hand.
Clarke said: “We have much to play for in 2020 but realise that it is always harder to play teams second time round in the league. This is sure to be the case against Beccles.
“Despite the fact they are currently bottom of the table, they have won three of their last four games.
“The league now looks like a two-horse race with Cantabs and we expect them to keep winning so we will have to work even harder in training.
“We also have two cup semi-finals to look forward to and it would be great for the club and players to reach a final.”
West Norfolk are also in the semi-final of the Norfolk cup and RFU Senior Vase with the latter offering a potential trip to play at Twickenham.
Captain Henry Rust admits the league is West’s main focus.
Rust said: “There is a great vibe throughout the club at all levels, but the hard work starts now in cementing promotion.
“Anything less at this stage will be a disappointment given the monumental effort that has gone in so far.
“It would also be fantastic for the club should we continue our great run in the RFU Senior Vase.
“We must maintain momentum to get as far as we can in that competition especially with the strength in depth that we have.”
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