West Norfolk 2nds took to the pitch at home in the new merit league designed to ensure rugby is played regardless of player numbers, showing up for an energetic contest against Crusaders 2nds. A scoreless but evenly fought first half saw both teams fight for possession and territory before things would heat up in the 2nd half. Crusaders opened the scoring with the visitor’s prop crashing through from short range, but this would not deter West who would continue to search for a score.

Eventually, West fly half Stewart Rigby stepped up and coolly slot over a penalty for a much deserved three points. West continued to dominate possession and search for their second score, eventually leading to an example of smart footwork from Phil Towers that saw him weave his way through the Crusaders defence,  dotting the ball down for a try and opening up a three-point lead for West.

In the final few minutes, Crusaders patiently made their way down to the West five metre line and eventually their patience paid off, with West conceding a penalty. A quick tap by Crusaders allowed for a short range carry, crashing over to steal the win with moments to spare.

The 2nd XV team now travel to Norwich medics on Saturday 2nd of December.