NEW ZEALANDER Willy Norman had a debut he’ll never forget, running in SIX tries in Pulborough’s commanding 56-0 win over Eastbourne II which strengthens their grip at the top of Sussex 1.
In what was Boro’s first game back since a two-week Christmas break, Norman - who has been at the club since October but limited to playing Twos rugby because of registration delays - caused havoc all day playing at inside centre.
In no time at all he had scored the game’s first three tries. Ross Murphy then scored out wide on his return from injury, and another Norman try before half-time secured Boro the bonus point and a commanding lead.
As Eastbourne tried to use the wind to their advantage in the second half it gave full-back Alex Ryan a field day, and he countered on numerous occasions to run in two sublime scores of his own.
Mike Duddy weaved his way through for an eighth try and Alex Ryan kicked a total of four conversions and one penalty in a personal haul of 11 points.
But the day belonged to Kiwi Norman, who capped a sublime man of the match debut performance with the game’s final try to take his personal points tally to 30 and equal the club record set by Andrew Moffat in the 1980s.
Skipper Richard Nicholls said: “To score six on your debut isn’t bad, he seemed to always be in the right place at the right time but finished them off well. It’s just the start we wanted to our New Year.”
The bonus-point win keeps Pulborough nine points clear at the top of Sussex 1.