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Wisbech secured a bonus point at the weekend, following a comfortable away victory at Woodbridge.
The visitors took control early, drawing first blood five minutes into the match with a penalty converted by Mark Laws. Despite a quick-response penalty conversion from the boot of Woodbridge’s Jamie Smith, levelling the scores, it was not long until Wisbech’s dominance began to show. The 12th minute saw James Napier leap over the line from the back of a ruck to put the visitors ahead. Another Napier try followed swiftly; he finished the last 50 metres single handily. Laws converted both tries. The scoreboard had little time to rest with Smith converting another penalty to reduce the Woodbridge deficit a few minutes later. Woodbridge were set back when Connor O’Reilly was sent to the sin-bin due to rucking infringements. Their opponents capitalised the one-man advantage with a forward-generated try, bulldozing over the line through a maul. Handling errors throughout the entire half exhausted both sides.
Wisbech took a 22-6 lead into half-time.
Wisbech maintained their tenacity into the second half with Laws converting another penalty just minutes after the whistle. Woodbridge finally caught a break in the 50th minute with a penalty try being awarded following a trip on a chasing home player, denying a certain scoring opportunity; Smith added the conversion. The visitors continued to apply pressure and were rewarded with another Laws penalty conversion in the 60th minute. With their back line continuously bombarding the defence, Napier crossed to score and complete his hat-trick. The hosts, desperate to take something from the game, were weakened further when O’Reilly was shown a red card due to a head-butt to an opposing player. Wisbech managed to score again through Raimondas Vinksna.
The final whistle confirmed a 42-13 Wisbech victory – their fourth consecutive win.
Report from Tim Owens….Today I am not going to talk through the match, but talk about the Spirit of Rugby which was in and around everything that happened today.
Firstly there was an early start, followed by a 2 hour drive to the ends of the world, Holt, North Norfolk. But upon arriving we were made very welcome by the Holt players and coaches. Great bacon rolls and coffee too! Holt who had visited us twice on the trot and lost twice – were caught napping by an awake Woodbridge squad and within the first 20 minutes we were 17-0 up. Then Holt switched on and by the end of the next 20 minutes they were 19-17 up.
The 3rd 20 started and it was stalemate until Woodbridge changed tactics and hoofed the ball up into the Holt 22, time and again, until their defence was cracked open with a huge wedge called Curtis driving through, separating defenders and scoring. Such a close 20mins, with barely a fag paper between sides, but another creditable win to our boys. Well at least on the pitch – the Holt boat race team absolutely killed us and won the off the pitch challenge. Thank you Holt, we really enjoyed our reception, the game played in best of spirit and the fabulous after game food and entertainment.
A long day, but really worth it in my opinion.
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