Walsham seconds help make it a memorable day for the club

Action from the Norfolk Senior Cup final between North Walsham and Diss (blue). Picture: Hywel Jones

Action from the Norfolk Senior Cup final between North Walsham and Diss (blue). Picture: Hywel Jones - Credit: Archant

There was a double celebration for North Walsham Rugby Club at Holt on Saturday.

North Walsham Raiders added the IB Welding Repairs Norfolk Bowl to the Scottow trophy cabinet with a resounding 59-0 win over Wymondham Seconds at the Norfolk Big Rugby Day.

With a game-plan based on solid scrummaging, a lineout in which the pin-point throwing of Aaron Beaumont and dominant jumping of Tom Coller was a key factor and a back line well led by outside half Sam Rossi the Raiders produced arguably their best performance in recent memory against a game Wymondham who despite their efforts could not break them down.

The Raiders took an early lead when scrum-half Liam Clarke, arguably the most improved young player of the season, and one to watch in the future, picked up and dived over from a five metre scrum and Rossi added the first of six conversions.

Wymondham attacked strongly, bringing the best out of the Raiders' defence, but failed with a penalty. As the game entered the second quarter the Walsham pack took control and the vastly experienced tight head prop Johnny Marsters crossed for the first of a hat-trick of tries to leave the half-time score at 26-0.


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The first attack of the second period saw No 8 George Rossi, back after an injury lay-off, score as the Raiders kept up the pressure.

Wymondham had no answer to the pace and accuracy of the Raiders as they pressed home their advantage but stuck manfully to their task. Experienced full-back Jon Younie profited from some excellent work by wing Vilikeas Vurewa before young flanker Will Haynes crossed for try number seven.

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Centre Ethan Benney, playing his final game for Walsham, before heading home to New Zealand ran in between the posts and the conversion to take the score past the half century. After a spell when fatigue began to take its toll Younie got on the end of a flowing move to touch down and Rossi completed the scoring.

Meanwhile Will Hodgson is the Vikings' Chalk Hill Brewery Player of the Month for April/May.

'Will has led our defensive aggression all season with some huge hits,' said head of hugby James Brooks. 'He never takes a backward step and epitomises what being a North Walsham Viking is all about.'

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