Plate joy is first success

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WISBECH Rugby Club youth teams went on a rugby tour to the Kingswood Activity Centre near Cromer last weekend, which ended with the Holt Rugby festival on Sunday.

Wisbech Under 11s capped off their season by winning the Plate Trophy, their first major triumph in three seasons.

Oliver Newton at scrum half was decisive in his control of the backs before running in two tries of his own.

In the final, Wisbech grew in stature and confidence, creating a more open, running game. Player of the day was Jack Wicks, whose aggressive and textbook tackles drew praise from the oppositions’ coaches. Further tries came from Wicks, Lorrimor Thomas and Henry Lankfer.

The U10 team started strongly with a 10-10 draw against Oakham, Tries: Thomas Nunn, Luke Green.

The second match was a tough affair against a superb Wymondham side, who had previously gone onto the final of one of the country’s top U10 tournaments. Wisbech put up a very spirited performance losing 40–0.

They lost against their hosts, Holt U10, 25-5. Try: Frank Etherington.

In the final game Wisbech beat Tring U10 10-5. Tries: Ethan Gutherie and Etherington. Player of the week was Cameron Finlay.

Good rugby was played by all Wisbech Under 8s team members.

The first match was North Walsham 9, Wisbech 7. Try scorers were Ben Wilcox (2), Nathan McKenzie, Sam Howat (2), Luke Fox and Jack Fowler. The second match was disappointing with no tries scored against Westcliff Lions (8-0). The third match was the closest of the tournament, Wisbech scoring 7 tries against Holt’s 8. Tries: Wilcox (2), Fox (2), Alex Jackson, Fowler and Howat.

The U8s are away this weekend for the final match of the season at the Boston Festival.

Wisbech U7s had four games, and great tries were scored by Oliver Murdoch (3), Joshua Bell (4), Jonathan Harding (2), Oliver Mann (2), Jenson Nunn (2) and Billy Nurse (2).

The great teamwork landed the under 7’s in the final where they secured a well deserved third place, winning the Holt RFC 2010-2011 Kingswood Festival U7’s Plate Winners shield.

The last games of the season are next weekend at the Boston Festival.