Wisbech 39 Woodbridge 12
Wisbech master strategist Leonard Veenendaal devised a game plan to combat the physicality of visitors Woodbridge who, in the reverse fixture, had dished out a heavy defeat to Wisbech.
The head coach called up a number of Wisbech’s old brigade – Ben Chapman, Ben Wicks, James Griffin, Greg Brownlow and James Patrick – to expedite his game plan.
Veenendaal’s tactics were spot-on as Wisbech ran in seven tries and completely outplayed the visitors for the first 60 minutes. Given the experience and power of the squad Wisbech were able to play off the front foot for most of the game.
Captain Solly Prestidge led his troops from the front despite being on the end of some early flak from the opposition. The backs were able to show their skills as Wisbech moved the ball wide at every opportunity.
Wicks opened the scoring after Wisbech had used their lineout advantage and mauling tactics to batter the defensive line. Wisbech’s pack continued to move the ball forward and, shortly after, Chapman scored a try and Will Boreham added the conversion.
A 35-metre driving maul bore fruit as James Bostock added a try. By half-time centre Connor Lucas burst through to score and to secure a valued bonus point.
At the start of the second half full back Rory Willis skilfully collected a high ball but was heavily tackled, taking a painful hit to his back, but he made the ball available which saw Wicks bag his second try. Centre James Napier showed his class to score the sixth try which Sam Anderson converted.
As Wisbech began to tire the visitors bagged two consolation tries, but winger Patrick rounded off an excellent team performance when he outpaced the covering defence out wide.
Anderson was made man of the match for his sterling work at close quarters.
“It was a pleasure to watch,” said manager Cliff Humphreys. “Although not pretty at times, to score seven tries against a team like Woodbridge is very satisfying. We have a tricky away encounter next weekend against Colchester 3rds who beat us at home earlier in the season on a day that our discipline was not at its best.”
The Wildcats host March Bears in a derby and they will be looking to avenge a heavy away defeat to the Bears earlier in the season, kick-off 3pm.