Injury woes see run end in semi-finals

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WISBECH Under 9s reached the cup semi-finals of the Cambridge Festival on Sunday playing some fantastic rugby on the way.

Wisbech started slowly in their first match, against Letchworth, trailing 15-0 at half time before fighting back after the break to draw 20-20; scrum half Ewan Samways was in devastating form yet again, scoring all four of Wisbech’s tries.

In their next match, against Cambridge, Wisbech overcame their hosts 10-5, Samways and Ben Wilcox the scorers.

Wisbech met Bedford Blues in their final pool match and Bedford quickly opened up a two-try advantage, but strong defence and persistent pressure saw Wisbech fight back to 10-5, Wilcox crashing over for a typically combative try.

As Wisbech pushed hard for their equaliser, fly-half Sam Howat leading the charge, they were unlucky to see Bedford score against the run of play, however Wisbech had already done enough to progress, despite the final score of 15-5 to Bedford.

Facing Wendens Ambo in their cup semi-final, Wisbech conceded two early tries but fought back bravely, particularly at the breakdown where Harry Holmes, William Smithee and George Howat shone.

When Tim Bateman scampered over from 30 metres out it seemed that Wisbech were about to get the upper hand.

After suffering a couple of key injuries soon after the break, Wisbech didn’t cross again as Wendens ran out 20-5 winners.

Wisbech Under 8s were away on Sunday where they played games against Letchworth, Saffron Walden and Cambridge A.

Despite the boys’ best efforts and nine tries being scored, they were narrowly defeated by the three teams.

Tries were scored by: Oliver Murdoch 3, Rhys Swann 2, Sam Curwen, Oliver Mann and Raf Kasket 2.

Some great support, passing and runs by Freddie Riddington, Josh Bell and George Tooke.

Wisbech are away at the Holt Festival on Sunday for their last fixture of the season.