West Norfolk are ‘quids in’ as ex-Wasps Academy player Lewys Weaver banks a debut hat-trick

Lewys Weaver on the charge for West Norfolk.

Lewys Weaver on the charge for West Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

Billericay's players were not the only ones left stunned on a day that West Norfolk dished out an 82-0 hammering.

Making his senior debut for the victorious hosts on Saturday was Lewys Weaver – a former Wasps Academy starlet.

And the 21-year-old, who is a Wales Student international, got a surprise himself prior to West's big London Three North-East victory getting under way.

Manager Nigel Richardson joked: 'I asked Lewys for his match fee, which is £5, and he looked shocked. He said; 'I've never had to pay match fees before,' so I replied 'welcome to West Norfolk'.'

The former Rugby League player for North Wales Crusaders has moved to the area as part of an education placement and quickly dished out a few lessons of his own to the winless strugglers. He ran in three of West's 14 tries to leave Richardson purring about the impact he could have.

'He seems a nice boy,' said West's manager who played the full-back at centre. 'I think at our level he could be potentially wasted at full-back and that's a position we've got more than covered already. Lewys is a very talented player. I worried a bit if he'll be an all-round team player but he stayed behind and had a pint with the lads afterwards which was nice to see.

'It's always hard for talented players when they come out of Academy set-ups. Lots of them take time to find their feet in ordinary rugby. There's no doubting he's talented but we've always built our team on talented team players rather than talented individuals so I hope he continues to settle in well.'

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West, fifth following promotion, travel to eighth-placed Upminster tomorrow looking to build on their fine start to life back in 3NE.

Richardson added: 'We were 29-0 up at half-time and in the second half we were just tremendous. This is my fifth season in charge and I'd say it's perhaps the best we've played. We just clicked. The lads were buzzing and I'd say a score like this has been coming from the lads. We now want to keep the momentum going.'

In Greene King Eastern Counties Division One, Swaffham face a daunting test when they welcome a Southwold outfit that are yet to be beaten in the league this term. Wisbech travel to Crusaders.