Laws break takes gloss off victory

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Wisbech 21pts,

Cantabs 3pts

Wisbech notched up their first win of the season at home to old rugby rivals Cantabs on Saturday, but was marred by the news that club stalwart and joint captain Mark Laws has broken his ankle.

“He will be out for the rest of the season,” said club manager Cliff Humphreys, “and the injury may force his early retirement from the game. We will know more when he sees the surgeon.”

The break came midway through the second half: Laws tackled a player when his ankle got trapped.

Andy Claydon slotting in at fly half Jon Turner returned to inside centre. Hooker Nathaniel Humphreys took on the role of captain. Laws kicked an early penalty to settle nerves.

Scrum half Jack Malkin scored the first try midway through the half rounding off a quick break from midfield.

The half-time team talk called for more control but it was Cantabs who scored first with a penalty.

New scrummage laws at the set scrum have helped Wisbech’s pack who took four or five strikes against the head. Claydon made amends for an earlier visit to the sin bin with a try and a penalty. Joe Barfoot out paced the defence with a try in the corner but a later try executed in similar fashion was disallowed.

James Griffin made a number of good ball carries while Solomon Prestidge just about edged man of the match with a tenacious performance despite spending the final 10 minutes of the game in the bin.

Club coach Leonard Veenendaal was extremely satisfied with his first league win as club coach. Wisbech travel to Wanstead in North London on Saturday.