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West Norfolk Rugby Club out to make it a perfect ten against Wisbech in A47 derby clash

Ely 14 West Norfolk 29

West Norfolk Rugby Club will be hoping to make it a perfect ten when they host arch rivals Wisbech in an eagerly-awaited derby on Saturday.

The Gatehouse Lane outfit maintained their 100 per cent start to the London NE3 Eastern Counties campaign with a tough, but confident, 29-14 victory over Ely on Saturday.

Coach Darren Clarke said: “This was one of our most impressive wins of the season against a strong Ely side that very rarely lose on their home ground.

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Ely v West 1 (23827662)

“Again our defensive effort was immense from all 18 players and our attacking play was back to its best as we scored four excellent tries.

“The first 20 minutes of the second half was a joy to watch and we killed the game off in that period.

“The final game of the calendar year will be a very tough local derby at home to Wisbech and we will need to be at our very best to maintain our 100 per cent record.

“We hope to see as many supporters as possible getting behind the team.”

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Ely v West 2 (23828879)

West Norfolk were forced into a couple of changes to the side that won at Woodbridge the previous week with Dan Nunn moving to prop and Charlie Moore switching to scrum-half.

Brothers Max and Henry Rust and Harry Robb, with a staggering tackle count of more than 30, denied Ely from taking control in the early stages of the match.

Although the hosts did score a converted try, West’s Max Rust powered over the line and Sam Moses converted to level the scores.

Shortly before half-time in a moment of brilliance, winger Joe Lewis-Mitchell offloaded to Alex Singleton to go over for West’s second try and, with Moses converting, the visitors led 14-7 at the break.

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Ely v West 3 (23828895)

After sustained pressure once again from the likes of locks Sam Mount and Edney Costa defensively, No. 8 Jamie Williamson broke away to add a third try, again converted by Moses.

West would quickly extend their lead and secure the bonus point win soon after.

West full-back Mark Tilbrook, ably supported by Sam Mount and Charlie Moore, then stormed down the left to add a further try.

Moses added a kicked penalty in front of the posts before Ely finished the game with somewhat of a deserved try in the corner after some fantastic handling to release their speedy winger.

Adrian Flux Man-of-the-Match: Henry Rust.

Ely v West 4 (23828934)
Ely v West 4 (23828934)

n West Norfolk seconds recorded a monumental home victory over Breckland Barbarians with a staggering score of 111-14.

Trundley Man-of-the-Match: Harry Blackmur with an outstanding performance in both defence and attack.

Tomorrow, as well as the firsts taking on local rivals Wisbech (3pm), the seconds also host Fakenham (2pm).

n West Norfolk have been drawn at home against Hitchin in the semi-final of the RFU Senior Vase (London/SE region) on Saturday, February 8.

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