Aerial action from West’s 34-5 defeat at Crusaders.

RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk’s unbeaten run in 2018 came crashing to an end in Norwich on Saturday.

Crusaders made a swift start to end West’s winning start to the year in London League Three East Counties. The home team scored a couple of tries in quick succession and silly penalties and poor tackling cost West as Crusaders surged a 34-5 victory.

No.8 Ash Colvin crashed over for West’s only try just before half-time.

West attempted to turn the tide with some better organised play with big carries from captain Paul Bridges and Ben Flores but they were unable to turn possession into points.

Crusaders began to take advantage of a tired West defence, crashing their way over the line a number of times.

Captain Bridges said: “I am very disappointed, especially after the run of form we have had. The number of changes we had to make made things tough with continuity and I feel we perhaps underestimated them.

Bridges, Adam Fox, Henry Rust, Alex Singleton and Sam Moses were selected to play for Norfolk’s senior men on Wednesday against Cambridgeshire.

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