Walsham U14 waltz to win
North Walsham U14 won the Harry Fuller Memorial Cup, beating West Norfolk U14 10-0.The scoreline says that this was a tight game of rugby, as was the friendly earlier in the season, and the margin of Walsham's win was mainly due to some excellent defence by West who were pinned in their own half for much of the first and almost the entire second half.
North Walsham U14 won the Harry Fuller Memorial Cup, beating West Norfolk U14 10-0.
The scoreline says that this was a tight game of rugby, as was the friendly earlier in the season, and the margin of Walsham's win was mainly due to some excellent defence by West who were pinned in their own half for much of the first and almost the entire second half.
Playing in front of a large crowd and under floodlights, a new experience for many of the players, the first half was scoreless with each side having just one clear cut chance to cross the line and in each case a last-ditch tackle preventing it.
West had the best of the set scrums, but Walsham took control of the line-outs with Ben Place taking much of the West ball.
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In the second half Walsham dominated playing some well constructed rugby.
Five minutes in the forwards set up a maul on the right, drove over and second row Chris Powles claimed the score. West never gave up trying to break out but met with strong tackling by the Walsham midfield.
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Rampaging runs by forwards, Tom Rhodes, Hal Bedford-Payne and Rory Fryer and the out of hand kicking by Ben Rossi kept pinning them back. Walsham could have had more scores but conceded silly penalties when in attacking positions. With time running out right-wing Patrick Gregory made the clinching touch down for the final score.
This was a solid all-round performance, and it was unfortunate but understandable, that because the scoreline was so close right to the final whistle that the coaches were unable to give the replacements, who helped to get the side to the final, a run.
Had there been a man-of-the-match award it would probably have gone to full-back Seth Rodger who took every high ball cleanly, difficult at the best of times but more so under lights, and was prepared to take the ball back and take the contact.
Skipper Toby Fletcher collected Harry Fuller Memorial Cup from Norfolk RFU president Graham Hilton who congratulated both sides for the quality of the rugby.