Wisbech rise to Vase challenge

Wisbech Town Rugby Club. Front LtoR - Will Pettit, Dave Lamcraft, James Napier, Mark Laws, Shane Vickers (capt), Nathaniel Humphreys, Andy Heighton, Chris Dorling, Tom Martell. Back LtoR - Joshua Anderson, Greg Brownlow, John Turner, Andy Claydon, Phil Martell, John Blunt, Graham Saunders, Ben Chapman, Matt Steed, Joe Barfoot.
Wisbech Town Rugby Club. Front LtoR - Will Pettit, Dave Lamcraft, James Napier, Mark Laws, Shane Vickers (capt), Nathaniel Humphreys, Andy Heighton, Chris Dorling, Tom Martell. Back LtoR - Joshua Anderson, Greg Brownlow, John Turner, Andy Claydon, Phil Martell, John Blunt, Graham Saunders, Ben Chapman, Matt Steed, Joe Barfoot.
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Wisbech 37pts,

Old Brentwoods 10pts

Wisbech Town Rugby Club (red) vs Old Brentwoods

Wisbech Town Rugby Club (red) vs Old Brentwoods

Wisbech turned in a very impressive performance in the second round of the Junior Vase on Saturday with a very comfortable win over the Essex side.

Again Wisbech found themselves up against a bigger and heavier pack, but credit must once again go the home pack as they managed to counter the visitors’ height and weight advantage to lay the foundation for the victory.

Wisbech won the earlier exchanges as they forced the visitors to defend. On 10 minutes Mark Laws slotted over a penalty to ease the pressure.

Then from the restart Laws gathered the ball on the 22-metre line and put in an intelligent kick ahead, gathered the loose ball and with a well-timed pass put Shane Vickers in for a try.

Old Brentwoods could not cope with the pace of the game as Wisbech came close on several occasions. On 22 minutes the impressive Jon Turner, from inside centre, broke a tackle and powered his way over the line for a try which Laws converted.

Wisbech started to concede a number of penalties at the breakdown which eased the pressure as the visitors applied their one dimensional tactic of close forward play. However the home defence held out and at half-time Wisbech deserved their 15-0 lead.

Shortly after the break, slick passing from Wisbech saw speedster Joe Barfoot cruise over the try line to score and Laws added the extra points.

Brentwood fought back and scored an unconverted try. The game then became fairly physical with one or two off-the-ball incidents, but a Laws penalty provided the impetus for the final assault on the visitors’ try line.

James Napier gathered the ball on halfway and set off on another of his trademark runs. He was tackled on the visitors’ 22 metres, but managed to offload the ball, which was quickly fed down the line to see Ben Chapman crash over.

With five minutes remaining Turner added a second try again after bursting through a tackle, Laws converted. On full time Old Brentwoods stole in for their second try of the day.

It was an excellent team perfor-mance and the comment of the day came from centre Jon Turner who said: “Imagine what we will do to a side if we play our A game.”

Wisbech are at home in the league on Saturday against Ipswich (2.30) and it is essential that players attend the club training nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.