Wisbech Grammar dig deep for double

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Two hard fought rugby matches against Spalding sides produced a brace of wins for Wisbech Grammar School on Saturday.

Playing at home, the Grammar School’s under 16 side pitched into an attritional clash which saw end-to-end rugby for the full 70 minutes.

Despite a strong start from Spalding Grammar School, which cashed in on a slip by the home side on its own five-metre line, the Wisbech team ultimately took control of the game.

The early try spurred on the home players, who took an uncompromising approach to the contact area and made significant yards through strong carries by the tight five.

Sustained pressure and dominance around the breakdown eventually showed, with Alexander Clabon diving over for an unconverted try to nudge the score to 5-7.

Wisbech started the second half by widening its game and Henry Thornton was the beneficiary of impressive backs’ play orchestrated by fly half Matthew Murphy, who controlled a well organised team for long spells of the game.

Thornton converted his own try to take the score to 12-7 to the hosts, and sustained pressure by the Wisbech forwards forced a penalty to take an eight-point lead with 10 minutes left. A last counter-attack by Spalding, which produced an unconverted try, was not enough to tip the balance and the Wisbech boys finished with a 15-12 win.

In another free-flowing game on the same ground the U14s conjured a second victory, eclipsing Spalding by seven tries to two, despite the slippery conditions. George Lemon stood out for the home side, working hard in defence to neutralise the threat from the backs.

Head of rugby Mr Alex Laybourne said: “We have recorded two very good results against serious opposition, following the 1st XV’s 38-15 victory against Spalding Grammar School earlier in the year, which shows the strength of our programme.

“Our team coaches provided excellent input throughout the week, and again on match day, and that showed not only in the results but also in the performance of our teams, both of which exhibited a nicely judged blend of pragmatism and flair.”