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West Norfolk finally opened their league account on Saturday with a hard-fought and convincing 40-0 win against South Woodham Ferrers.

Will Greenwood helped himself to two tries while there were debut efforts from both Peter Fox and Tane Dunn, as well as a maiden score from youngster Rory Gagen in the second half.

Jack Wicks was also on the scoresheet and Sam Moses kicked a number of conversions as West delivered a fine performance in front of their home faithful at Gatehouse Lane.

Olly Denton passing from the ruck. (52799388)
Olly Denton passing from the ruck. (52799388)

Captain Henry Rust commented: “We are really pleased to get our first win of the season and even more so with a good performance.

“We feel very positive but we still have things to work on in training. We now need to follow up on the performance with a result against Woodford away.”

Head coach Aaron Beaumont added: “It was great to get our first win on the board but also to see a bumper crowd and a busy clubhouse afterwards.

West Norfolk securing the ruck. (52799484)
West Norfolk securing the ruck. (52799484)

“We played some good rugby against a tough South Woodham Ferrers side who defended very physically early on.

"Our defence was much more solid and we managed the game more effectively than in previous weeks.

“We had worked hard on our running lines in training and this was evident this week with some big carries from the players.

“There is still more to work on, especially with ball presentation and contact skills, but we will concentrate on this in training this week and look forward to another tough challenge away to Woodford.”

West Norfolk at the scrum. (52799463)
West Norfolk at the scrum. (52799463)

West welcomed Dunn and Quinton Houston into the side to replace the absent Charlie Moore and Mark Tilbrook in the backs, whilst Liam Hind stepped into the front row to replace the injured Paul Bridges.

Converted tries from Dunn and Greenwood gave the hosts a 14-0 interval lead, but only after some courageous defensive work from Lewis Stewart and James Dobbler had kept Ferrers at bay.

A converted score from centre Wicks set the tone for the second half and, after some strong carries from prop Dan Nunn, Greenwood went over for his second of the afternoon.

Fox then crashed over for his try before turning provider for Gagen to score his maiden first team try.

Adrian Flux Man-of-the-Match: Will Greenwood.

Alex Barwick and Jack Wicks defending the ruck. (52799364)
Alex Barwick and Jack Wicks defending the ruck. (52799364)

n West Norfolk's development side were also at home at the weekend but were well beaten by a disciplined Holt 2nds outfit.

Ed Navrady was West’s only scorer as the side slipped to a 5-70 point loss.

It was good to see such a large number of young players stepping up, led by club stalwart Michael Skinner. Trundley joint men-of-the-match were Eddie Crewe and Josh Burgess.

West Norfolk make the long trip to Woodford tomorrow whilst the Development side travel to Norwich Union 2nds.

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