Champagne is uncorked at Beccles
Beccles 39, West Norfolk 14: Beccles clinched the London Division 3NE title with two games to spare after overcoming a nervous start to secure their 18th victory in 20 games.
Beccles 39, West Norfolk 14
Beccles clinched the London Division 3NE title with two games to spare after overcoming a nervous start to secure their 18th victory in 20 games.
West Norfolk had the hosts on the back foot for the first 10 minutes but when Beccles finally got themselves going they went ahead through a try.
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After a good run by Geyser, Wade received the ball in midfield and went through a gap. He then sidestepped the full-back to score under the posts before converting.
Soon after, Gedney charged down a kick ahead from his opposite number. He collected the loose ball and sprinted clear to score in the corner. Wade missed the difficult conversion but soon added a penalty to stretch the lead.
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Beccles were in control now and started to play some improved rugby. From a ruck inside the Beccles half, Rob Wilson stole the ball and outpaced the defence to score under the posts. Beccles then put together the best move of the match to score their next try. Good hands saw the ball go wide to Gedney who fed the ball inside to the supporting Geyser who went over for a try. Wade added the conversion and the half time score was 29-0.
Beccles started the second half poorly. Paul Wilson was sent to the sin bin for collapsing a maul before West Norfolk fed the ball wide from the resulting penalty and the winger found space to score in the corner.
Beccles came back with another try. After a number of carries from the forwards the ball went wide and Murray went over. West Norfolk came back and scored another try before they had a player sent to the sin bin. This was evened up with Hinsley also being yellow carded.
Beccles got the last score of the game after Paul Wilson had taken a good catch in the line-out. The Beccles pack drove forward and Rix touched down as they crossed the line, allowing Beccles to pop the champagne corks and celebrate becoming champions.
t Basildon 43, Wymondham 20
The scoreline indicates another heavy away defeat for Wymondham but it hides what was a heroically fought rearguard action by a scratch side against the biggest forward line-up they have faced this season.
Wymondham's weekend began badly, with five of the selected squad calling off. Once again Kirk Vincent bravely stepped into the breach, with Barry O'Sullivan agreeing to be the fourth compulsory forward, saving Wymondham the embarrassment of having to forfeit the fixture.
Andy Weeks finished off a 90-metre counter-attack to give Basildon the lead before Stephen Simms slotted over a penalty for Wymondham.
Basildon's forward power enabled them to score two more tries but the visitors hit back when Chris Brown passed to Ian Harris who was able to stroll in to provide Simms with a simple conversion opportunity.
The second half could not have started better for the Red & Blacks as John Morfoot smashed his way through to score in the corner. Sadly that's where Wymondham's fairy tale came to a grinding halt.
They lost Gareth Clifford with a head injury that required a trip to hospital and Brown to a yellow card and in his absence Basildon romped to 36 points. Worse was to befall Wymondham, with Kirk Vincent sustaining a neck injury.
The final 10 minutes went on with uncontested scrummages and Basildon extended their tally to 43 before Ian Buchett scored a late consolation try. The final result is likely to be re-adjusted to 36-15, which reflects the score when the fixture went to uncontested scrummages.