Wisbech win last home game of campaign over Bury St Edmunds 3rds

Wisbech Rugby 1t xv v Swaffham
Wisbech Rugby 1t xv v Swaffham

Wisbech 27

Bury St Edmunds 3rd 12

There was a minute’s silence in memory of the victims at Westminster before the kick-off on Saturday – Wisbech’s last home league game of this season’s campaign.

Head coach Leonard Veenendaal kept faith with the squad who were available and who had performed heroics away to Colchester in the previous league match.

On a warm but blustery day and in front of a crowd made up of ex-players Wisbech played some exhilarating team rugby, scoring four tries in the first 30 minutes with James Patrick, who later picked up a serous bicep injury, Ethan Garford, Sam Anderson and James Napier crossing the visitors’ try line and with an Anderson conversion Wisbech raced into a 22-0 lead.

However Wisbech let their foot off the gas and allowed Bury to score two tries one from close range and the second from an incepted pass from within their 22-metre line, punishing Wisbech for sloppy handling.

Wisbech restored their composure as on half-time Napier nipped in to score his second try, making the half-time score 27-12.

The second half became a physical encounter as Bury to their credit closed Wisbech down at the breakdown, preventing quick ball.

Wisbech’s defence remained solid as Bury never really looked like scoring. The home team missed a number of further try scoring opportunities with sloppy ball retention and ‘white line fever’.

“It was a win but we must learn to play for 80 minutes,” said Veenendaal.

Man of the match: Ben Chapman and Martin Day for tireless physical performances.

There are two away league fixtures left this season: Swaffham on Saturday, and old rivals Wymondham on April 8.

Defeat by Swaffham, who are currently bottom of the league, in the same fixture last season spoilt Wisbech’s push for a play-off spot which went to Wymondham.

“Neither game will be easy and I am looking to finish off the season on a high and want to extend our current fivematch winning run,” added Veenendaal.