Wisbech’s six-try second half show

Wisbech 41pts,

Upminster 27pts

Wisbech 1st XV at home on Saturday.

Wisbech 1st XV at home on Saturday.

Wisbech were superb in the second half against Upminster, who travelled with the reputation of being a solid, well-organised side with a talented flyhalf.

Early on both defences looked solid. On 20 minutes Sam Anderson kicked a penalty to give Wisbech the lead but the visitors then took control of the game for a half-time 10-3 advantage.

Shortly after the restart Wisbech conceded a soft try. Wisbech then increased the physical side of their game with centres Jon Turner and James Napier putting in some excellent tackles to win the ball and by moving the game wide Joe Barfoot scored.

Confidence and control returned as the home side rattled in three tries scored by Ben Chapman, Jack Smith and man of the match Turner, two converted by Anderson giving Wisbech a 27-15 lead and a try bonus point.

Barfoot scored his second try and home debutant James Patrick powered his way for his first ever try. “This is James’ first session of rugby and he is certainly one to watch,” said club manager Cliff Humphreys.

“I cannot recall in all my time at the club such a fighting spirit . We would have certainly lost this game last season.

“It is great to see that the lads are responding to coach Leonard Veneendaal.”

Wisbech are away to Old Copperians next weekend.