Chapman stars in eight-try bonanza

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Wisbech 44, Swaffham 0

After the disappointment of going out of the Junior Vase last week and with a number of players either injured or not available, this fixture was a potential banana skin.

Wisbech did look slightly nervous in the opening quarter as their near-neighbours looked sharp and asked a few questions but, once the pack settled down, Wisbech started to control the game. Ben Chapman was particularly impressive and earned Man of the Match for his performance.

Midway through the half Wisbech scored their first of an eight-try haul when winger Shane Vickers went over in the corner. Hooker Ollie Lake brushed off the disappointment of having an earlier try disallowed to score in the same corner as Wisbech moved into a 10–0 half-time lead. At the break skipper De La Rey Veenendaal called for patience and control.

The squad took heed and it was not long before the try scoring opportunities came along.

Prop Raimondas Vinksa help himself to a brace of tries, both scored from close range, Vickers added a second, winger Adam Bunton scored after a sizzling run to the line and Chapman and Joshua Anderson also scored tries. Fly half Steve Priest added a couple of conversions as Wisbech rounded of an excellent all-round performance.

“I was particularly impressed with the youngsters, prop Kerrie McMullen as pack leader, Jacob Goat for controlling the line-out and backs Bunton and Matthew Esser,” said Veenendaal.

“We are off to Mersea Island next weekend who are always a strong outfit at home. I have targeted 20 points from our last five league games and to finish in the top half of the league, hopefully in third spot. The task is a tough one as three of the fixtures are away.

l Wisbech U7s continued their impressive unbeaten season with wins against visiting teams from Boston and Newmarket. Wisbech Blues won 12-8 against Newmarket and 9-5 against Boston, and Wisbech Reds also won, 10-7 against Newmarket and 6-5 against Boston.

Wisbech U8 lost two matches against Newmarket but won the third 6-1. Against Boston the U8s lost one 6-8 but won the second 10-9. All juniors put in excellent performances in cold conditions.

Hosts Wisbech U9 showed their strength beating Boston 7-0 and drawing 4-4 with a strong Newmarket side.

Good all-round performances from the whole team. Captain for the day was Lucas Drew who had two outstanding games.