James Dobbler on the ball for West Norfolk.Pictures: ROZ BRIDGES.

RUGBY UNION: Two weeks after earning a battling win at Cantabrigian, West Norfolk brought the Cambridge club back to Gatehouse Lane for a swift rematch and completed a stunning double with a 38-26 London Two success.

Jack Wicks, Conor Clarke, Dan Stephenson and Sam Moses were all unavailable so head coach Aaron Beaumont was forced into a number of changes and it took time for the new-look line-up to settle.

Early mistakes gifted Cantabs possession and they quickly took advantage to score in the corner. A further score for the visitors proved to be the kick-start that West needed.

Angus Williams provided quick ball at scrum half and Jack Trundley used quick footwork to turn the Cantabs defence and make a neat break. The forwards took over with Jamie Williamson and James Dobbler making strong carries before Dan Nunn crashed over for West’s opening score, converted by Trundley.

Charlie Moore and George Lemon then made excellent breaks, creating space for some smart offloading to the supporting Trundley who added two converted tries to give West a 21-19 lead at half-time.

George Lemon charges towards the try line during West’s win.

West turned to their offloading game, which bore fruit for No.8 James Dobbler to power his way over the line. 

In quick succession and in similar fashion Henry Rust and George Lemon found themselves on the end of neat offloads to add two more tries to West’s tally. 

Cantabs pulled back a try to earn a glimmer of hope for a losing bonus point and West were dealt a blow with a yellow card to Edney Costa for a deemed deliberate knock-on. 

With the clock ticking down, some ferocious tackling from Michael Skinner and Nic Bull near the West try line kept Cantabs at bay as the hosts held out. 

The Adrian Flux Man of the Match award went to Charlie Moore.

Head coach Beaumont was delighted with the result and said: “Once we put together a few phases and got the ball outside, we looked like scoring multiple times. 

“Our backs were quick and dangerous with ball in hand every time we got into space. 

“We have been working hard on our continuity in attack, which showed through great hard carries and offloads from the forwards, linking with the backs to use their speed in space. 

“It was an extremely positive performance from the squad.”

He admitted his team had started slowly and looked tired in the early stages but was pleased with how they picked up pace.

“We soon got our second wind and eventually got up to speed to put Cantabs to the sword after the lads got used to playing in some unfamiliar positions.

“We battled hard up front with an impressive effective lineout, which was a real challenge in the away fixture. That was very pleasing to see as we had adapted and learned from our previous experience.”