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West Norfolk coach urges players to put defeat behind them

West Norfolk coach Aaron Swanborough is urging his players to put their last performance behind them tomorrow when they host Old Cooperians in the second round of the RFU Senior Vase.

The coach was bitterly disappointed with West’s display during their 41-19 London 3 Eastern Counties weekend defeat at Crusaders.

West had high hopes of building on their narrow defeat to league leaders Holt but they stuggled to find their feet from the start.

West Norfolk action (5227679)
West Norfolk action (5227679)

Swanborough said: “We have to box this performance quickly and move on.

“It’s how we react that will define how our season goes on from here.

“We need the guys to make every effort to get to training to ensure that the mindset stays positive.”

Crusaders had most of the possession throughout the first half with West succumbing to a number of handling errors and struggling to cope with Crusaders’ pick-and-drive game plan.

West’s only positive came at scrum time where props Paul Bridges and Luke Covell, along with hooker Henry Rust, held their own against a big Crusaders pack.

West ended the half on a high after a number of big carries from Covell, well supported by lock Sam Mount, resulted in a try for fly-half Sam Moses.

West started the second half with more intensity, using their press defence to nullify the Crusaders' game plan.

However more errors from West meant that chances to score were few and far between.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Covell received an extremely soft red card for a perceived dangerous tackle.

Despite being down to 14 West would score twice before the end of the game with tries for captain Adam Fox and centre Edney Costa.

Adrian Flux man-of-the-match: Luke Covell.

n Elsewhere, in a spirited performance West Norfolk seconds lost at home to Swaffham.

Despite being level at the interval, Swaffham finished the game much stronger to run out 36-17 winners.

nWest Norfolk Ladies tasted their first defeat of the season against Bury Foxes.

A focused Bury outfit were well-drilled, pushing physicality and fitness to the limit against West, who failed to settle into the match during a 59-0 defeat.

Despite playing better in the second half, the loss of scrum-half captain Amber Wadlow made a telling difference to the team on the pitch.

Sponsored by the Mortgage Bureau, back-of-the-match was Kathryn Sharp and forward-of-the-match was Nerea Fernandez-Rodriguez.

West Norfolk Ladies’ next match is on Sunday, November 25, away against Stanford Le Hope.

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