West Norfolk Rugby Club continue their league dominance by defeating A47 rivals Wisbech in derby
West Norfolk 40 Wisbech 0
West Norfolk made it a perfect ten on Saturday as they finished off the first part of the campaign unbeaten and still sitting top of the table after a convincing victory against Wisbech.
Three tries in each half saw A47 rivals Wisbech well beaten at Gatehouse Lane.
West Norfolk captain Henry Rust said: "This was a hard-fought win against a very physical Wisbech side.
"All 18 players were involved in what was a solid attacking display making this a very good team win which is never easy in a local derby.
"On top of this, we showed how hard we have been working on defence in the form of not conceding any points and preventing Wisbech from getting any foothold in the game.
"The performance today caps off a perfect first half of the season maintaining our undefeated run in both the league and cup.
"We hope our success will continue along with the club as a whole into the new year."
West Norfolk made three changes to the side that beat Ely the week previous with Yousef Edris stepping onto the bench in place of Sam Mount.
Hayden Revell returned to scrum-half, replacing Jack Wicks who was unavailable, and Stephen Aspery started in place of the injured Joe Lewis-Mitchell.
The hosts started the brighter in attack with early breaks from Alex Singleton and Charlie Moore.
West Norfolk made the breakthrough after Max Rust reacted quickest to intercept a pass and open the scoring with Sam Moses converting.
A continued assault by West saw some big carries from locks Adam Fox and Edney Costa which pushed Wisbech back into their 22m once again.
After a quick break through the middle by Moses, full-back Mark Tilbrook saw space out wide and, with quick hands, distributed the ball out to Moore to go over and Moses converted.
Some valiant tackling from Singleton and flanker Harry Robb kept Wisbech at bay before a misplaced kick saw West gain possession.
With both scrums being fairly well matched, James Dobler showed his skill at the lineout by turning over a number of Wisbech set-pieces.
A well-worked try saw Moore used some neat footwork to go over for his second score of the afternoon.
After the break, Moses took things into his own hands, spotting a hole in Wisbech's line.
Using his acceleration and footwork, Moses would beat two defenders before diving underneath the posts for a try of his own before adding the conversion.
A monumental effort from the likes of Jamie Williamson and captain Rust denied Wisbech any foothold in the game and, soon after, Fox crashed over the line, only to be denied as the ball was deemed to be held up.
Club stalwart Singleton showed his pace to dart down the touchline for West's fifth score with the difficult kick being converted by Moses.
West's sixth and final try came in the form of another interception by Max Rust who gave a classy offload to Edney Costa to score before Moses made it five conversions out of a possible six to complete the scoring.
Adrian Flux Man-of-the-Match: Adam Fox.
Don't miss Friday's Lynn News for more reaction to West Norfolk's derby victory.
In a welcome double for West Norfolk, the development side capped off a successful first half of the season with a hard-fought 48-7 win against a depleted Fakenham seconds side.
Trundley Man-of-the-Match was Stewart Rigby.
Try scorers included Stewart Rigby, Ricky Nicholls, Christian Newton-Walters, Kevin Foley, Matt Garrod, Jacob Clunan, Quinton Houston and George Lemon.
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