Adam Fox in the midst of the action for West Norfolk during their win against title-chasing Holt.

RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk delivered a crushing blow to county rivals Holt’s hopes of winning the London & South East Leagues Three Eastern Counties title with a 25-18 victory at Gatehouse Lane.

It brought revenge for October’s 20-13 defeat in North Norfolk in the reverse fixture and left West’s coach Aaron Swanborough delighted.

“I am thrilled with the result and it showed how well we can play when everything comes together,” he said. “We played with intensity and our defence was very good throughout. 

“Our discipline cost us in areas but we regrouped and continued to play as a unit with all the players giving maximum effort. 

“I am so proud of the boys and believe the result shows how far we have come this season.”

A high tempo affair began with immense physicality from both teams with a number of huge tackles going in early on. 

Holt took advantage of a strong wind at their backs to gain a 10-7 half-time lead but fly half Sam Moses’ try kept the hosts close.

Adrian Flux Man of the Match Moses kicked a penalty to level before a quick break from scrum half Jack Wicks made for quick ball and a pass from prop Paul Bridges gave Moses space to swerve his way over for his second try. 

A storming run from prop Jacob Chapman saw him crash over for a try, converted by Moses, before Holt added enough points to secure a bonus point but not enough to trouble West.

Swanborough said: “We must remember this feeling and take the momentum with us into our RFU Senior Vase semi-final at Chelmsford on Saturday.”

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