In a thrilling display of resilience and teamwork, the West Norfolk RUFC U15 Boys rugby team pulled off an extraordinary comeback to secure a 21-29 victory against Shelford away in a chilly encounter on Sunday morning.
The West Norfolk squad faced adversity from the start, as illnesses left them with only 15 players and no substitutes. Despite the setback, the boys eagerly travelled the long ride to Shelford in Cambridge, ready for the challenge ahead. However, the day took an unexpected turn when an air ambulance had to land on the pitch, causing a 40-minute delay due to a injury in another game.
Undeterred by the delay, the West Norfolk boys kept warm by engaging in impromptu training sessions around the helicopter. Once the game finally started, the initial moments saw a spirited start by West Norfolk. However, Shelford, a formidable and well-drilled opponent, proved their mettle, leading 21-5 at halftime. Compounding the challenges, West Norfolk had lost a key player to a precautionary measure after a head injury.
The second half witnessed a remarkable turnaround as West Norfolk displayed unwavering team spirit, courage, and strength. Quickly scoring a try, the team’s confidence soared. With calculated drives and an immense collective effort from every player, West Norfolk continued to pile on the pressure. The boys mounted a comeback, scoring try after try, and completed the game with an impressive 21-29 victory, leaving Shelford unable to respond in the second half.
A shining example of sportsmanship emerged when Shelford players stepped up to join the West Norfolk side following the injury, highlighting the camaraderie and fair play that rugby is known for.
In reflection, it was an excellent display of rugby from both teams, showcasing excellent play by Shelford and the determination and resilience of the West Norfolk U15 Boys. The win not only speaks volumes about the team’s skill but also their ability to face adversity head-on and emerge victorious.
Photography – Lee Shuardson