RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk fell to their second league defeat of the season, going down 16-7 to Cantabrigian in a hard fought battle in Cambridge on Saturday.
Cantabs started strongly, with some powerful running from their Fijian centre, which resulted in a converted penalty to take an early 3-0 lead.
West sought to hit back with some well worked rucking phases and their efforts were almost rewarded when a penalty kick from Alex Singleton rebounded off the posts.
A break up the right touchline from West winger Jake Richardson opened up play and the visitors put pressure on Cantabs with a string of quick ball out to the backline.
A second penalty attempt drifted slightly wide before Chad Seeley, making his senior debut at centre, pounced on a loose ball deep within his own 22 area and outsprinted the pursuing defenders to score.
Singleton’s conversion gave West a 7-3 lead at the break.
The hosts came out all guns blazing in the second half but, thanks to a combination of mistakes and some stout defending, they were kept at bay until Cantabs finally broke free when their winger crashed over in the corner.
West then suffered a double whammy setback when Mitch Anderson was yellow carded following a run of offside decisions, shortly followed into the bin by Jamie Williamson, meaning West were down to 13 men for 10 minutes.
Cantabs extended their lead to 11-7 with a second penalty but West countered well with some good running around the flanks by Paul Bridges, Will Dodds and Henry Rust.
With Singleton being moved to fly half to cover further injuries, West continued to press and were in touching distance of nudging the win, but Cantabs broke free to complete a nine-point advantage.
The Tulip Man of the Match award winner was Chad Seeley.