Boss Richardson insists young stars can provide bright future for West Norfolk Rugby Club
Manager Nigel Richardson insists the future is bright at West Norfolk Rugby Club after his young stars enjoyed two wins in as many days.
Eight of the club's first team's teenagers shone on Friday as Wests Colts side hammered a Scottish touring outfit 55-5. Less than 24 hours later they were at it again as they ran Crusaders ragged to pick up a 36-12 victory in their final home league game of the campaign.
With his side fifth in the Greene King Eastern Counties Division One table, Richardson admits he is proud of how his youthful charges have coped with the step up to men's rugby this year.
The Wests manager said: 'We've got one game left, but we're happy where we are in the table because we are realistic.
'We've got one of the youngest sides in the league. Four of the lads are 17 and four are 18, but they've coped extremely well and haven't looked out of place. They will benefit and learn from this season.
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'You could see they'd played men's rugby all season on Friday as when they played in their own age group they stood out. They won so many tackles and dominated the match.
'It was proud to watch because you could then see how much they've really improved. As a group they've all progressed so much together.
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'Craig Edwards has been our get out of jail card so often. Sammy Edris has matured and come on leaps and bounds while Rhodri Charles – who has always been an outstanding young player – has developed.
'A lot of our ex-players were there on Saturday to watch and it was nice to be able to show them our boys can compete against the men.'
Youngster Jake Richardson opened the scoring for West when he burst through with great pace to touch down under the posts inside 60 seconds.
Paul Denton scored the conversion, but missed his next kick after Richardson crashed over for a second time following good hands from Edwards and Charlie Moore to give West a 12-7 half-time lead.
After a slow start to the second half, Baz McNaught ran in a try from the wing to extend the hosts' lead. Charles and Edwards also scored before Edris put the gloss on a fine win by running in his first senior try for the club. Denton kicked two more conversions to seal the win.
Richardson said: 'We stepped up to the mark and we looked right up for it from the off. It was nice to win in front of a big crowd.
'We scored straight from the centre thanks to Jake's lightning pace. It settled us I suppose, but they simply couldn't handle the pace of our boys on the day.'
West are without a game this weekend and face 'invincible' champions Cantabrigian – who ended second-placed Wisbech's 100pc home record on Saturday with a 19-15 win – next weekend.
Ben McCall's league runners-up must beat an Essex side in a promotion play-off to play in London North-East Division Three next season.