West Norfolk Rugby Club book spot in National Senior Vase semi-final
West Norfolk 19 Reeds Weybridge 15
West Norfolk moved to within one game of a Twickenham final after ending Reeds Weybridge's 52-game winning streak in the RFU London and SE Senior Vase Final on Saturday.
The Gatehouse Lane outfit will now travel to Gloucester-based Chosen Hill Former Pupils Rugby Club on April 11 in the National Senior Vase semi-final.
West Norfolk's next opponents are also unbeaten this season in 17 games after defeating Milton Keynes in the Southern England Final.
With a full squad to pick from, West were able to field their strongest side of the season so far, which paid dividends against a dangerous Reeds Weybridge team who were well-drilled from the outset.
In front of a bumper West Norfolk crowd, Reeds would immediately took the game to West, testing the host's defence which held strongly for the opening ten minutes of the contest.
There were some big tackles from the likes of centre Mike Gillick and lock Edney Costa.
Captain Henry Rust led by example and forced Reeds into conceding a penalty at the breakdown to release the pressure from the early onslaught.
In a high-tempo first quarter, both teams continued to throw the kitchen sink at each other and both defences showed the reason why they were undefeated this season.
West would win an early battle at the scrum getting a huge reaction from the crowd before the boot of fly-half Sam Moses to give the hosts an early three-point lead following a penalty conceded by Reeds at the breakdown.
After some bullocking runs from lock Adam Fox and prop Paul Bridges, battering into the Reeds defence, Moses added another penalty to West's score.
Soon after, Reeds missed a penalty of their own before some superb quick hands by their backline, the winger showed his pace and skill to dart over in the corner giving the visitors their first score of the afternoon.
Both teams would receive yellow cards in quick succession before resolute defending by the likes of centre Max Rust, No. 8 Jamie Williamson and the back row pairing of James Dobbler and Harry Robb kept the Reed's backs at bay.
West looked towards their bigger forwards to smash dents into the Reed's defence.
But it would be the quick-thinking of winger Jack Trundley, who on his return from a broken arm and university, snatched a loose Reed's pass out of the.
Trundley sprinted the 60m to score under the posts to give West an eight-point lead going into half-time, the try converted by Moses.
After a spirited team talk in the changing room, West knew their opponents would not give up their unbeaten run easily.
This was evident from the start of the second half with Reeds looking to once again pile the pressure on West in the host's half.
West conceded a penalty, which the Reeds fly-half comfortably kicked to bring the score to within a converted try.
Reinforcements for West in the form of Luke Covell, Will Greenwood, Sam Mount and Alex Singleton gave the hosts a fresh feel about their play.
This allowed the hosts to control the pace of the game and starve Reeds of the ball.
West looked to keep ball in hand with strong runs from Singleton and Gillick, well supported by the West forwards.
After a number of phases, the reliable boot of Moses kicked two penalties in quick succession to give them an 11-point advantage.
With the visitors now fighting for their lives, they let down by a couple of handling errors in crucial areas of the pitch.
With the clock ticking down, West pinned Reeds on their five-metre line with strong carries from Dan Nunn and Max Rust keeping possession as much as possible.
After a couple of scrums close to the Reeds try line, West faultered and a quick tap penalty saw thespeedy winger sprint through the West half to score just to the left of the posts.
Unfortunately for the visitors, it was too little, too late with the referee blowing the whistle for full-time after the conversion.
This sparked a huge celebration by the players and home crowd.
Adrian Flux joint man-of-the-match was Sam Moses and Mike Gillick.
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