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Mixed West Norfolk side lose final pre-season friendly to Wisbech




Wisbech 17 West Norfolk 13

West Norfolk travelled to Wisbech on Saturday for their final pre-season fixture ahead of their opening league game away at Ipswich on Saturday.

With a mixture of first and development team players West looked to continue to develop and practice their new game plan led by head coach Aaron Beaumont while blooding some of last year’s senior colts in their first adult senior game.

Starting brightly, West’s young side looked to play with pace and flair throughout the first half led by fly-half Jack Wicks with plenty of attacking opportunity across the field.

Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159724)
Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159724)

Despite this, West were unable to convert a number of attacking plays until James Dobler eventually would crash over to open the score for the visitors, full-back Sam Moses converting.

More pressure by West would result in a kicked penalty for Moses giving West a 10-0 lead going into the interval.

Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159725)
Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159725)

With a number of personnel changes during the interval a scrappy and ill-disciplined second half would see West struggle to find their feet at times.

However, many of the spirited young players would make their mark on the game to show that there is a potentially bright future at the Lynn-based club for years to come.

Eventually the more physical Wisbech side were able to take advantage and convert two scores of their own.

Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159728)
Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159728)

Despite carrying an injury, Moses would kick two further penalties for West but these would be answered by the Wisbech kicker knocking over three of his own giving Wisbech the win at full-time.

After the game Beaumont said: “We controlled the first half retaining much of the possession but a few timing issues and errors prevented us converting those opportunities into points.

Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159729)
Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159729)

“We have made a positive improvement around the breakdown which has been the focus during the last few weeks of training especially in regard to decision making and discipline.”

“We struggled to get into our rhythm and game plan during the 2nd half due to player changes and injuries.

“However, we have lots of positives to take from the fixture into training this week with some key points to work on going into the league, starting on Saturday at Ipswich.”

Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159730)
Wisbech v West Norfolk pre-season rugby. (51159730)


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