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West Norfolk Rugby Club off to a winning start in pre-season

West Norfolk 50 Wisbech 5

West Norfolk got their pre-season off to a fine start at Gatehouse Lane on Saturday with a hard-fought win over local rivals Wisbech.

Despite this being a friendly, there was nothing friendly about the opening exchanges with some huge tackles and fierce rucking from both sides.

With a new coaching team this season and the inherent colts from the previous season, who managed to get to the national colts cup quarter-final, West looked to play fast expansive rugby.

West Norfolk v Wisbech rugby friendly. (15991168)
West Norfolk v Wisbech rugby friendly. (15991168)

This produced early tries for wingers Stephen Aspery and Joe Lewis-Mitchell whilst the forwards took the front foot at the scrum, allowing No.8 Jamie Williamson to power over from short range.

Lock Sam Mount showed his pace to break over the line before last year’s colts put their marker down and showed what they are capable of. Centre Jack Trundley jinked through the away defence before Henry Hoyles blasted his way through a hole, getting his first senior try.

Wisbech continued to test the West defence in the second half, getting close to the home side’s try line on a number of occasions.

However some fearless tackling from Adam Fox and captain Henry Rust kept Wisbech out for most of the half before they finally broke through after some short pick and drives and a strong run from the powerful Wisbech winger.

West Norfolk v Wisbech rugby friendly. (15991161)
West Norfolk v Wisbech rugby friendly. (15991161)

Further tries for Stephen Aspery and Jamie Williamson capped off a fantastic start for West Norfolk who now look ahead to their final pre-season fixture against Holt for the Cubitt-Maule Cup at Gatehouse Lane tomorrow.

Captain Henry Rust commented: “It is a great start for our first pre-season game but we still have plenty to work on so we can continue to improve going into the new league season.

“We had a lot of new and young guys in the side today but everyone played their part and it certainly gives the coaching team something to think about in regards to selection.

“We will continue to iron out the small issues we have in training, but it is to be expected with so many new faces and a new coaching set up.

“The whole atmosphere in the seniors is very positive and we are looking forward to playing some fantastic rugby this year.”

West Norfolk v Wisbech rugby friendly. (15991165)
West Norfolk v Wisbech rugby friendly. (15991165)

Adrian Flux Man-of-the-Match was Adam Fox.

West Norfolk seconds also got off to a flying start at home with a convincing 54-17 win against their counterparts from Boston.

With a mix of both youth and experience, West looked to take the fight to Boston in the early stages with some powerful running from the likes of No.8 Craig Blackmur, centre Morgan Smith and No.10 Stewart Rigby.

Boston fought back on a number of occasions but West saw the game out comfortably.

Try scorers included: Craig Blackmur (4), Stewart Rigby (2), Liam McCallum and Peter Clift.

Man-of-the-Match was scrum-half Eddie Crewe.

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