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Wisbech respond to coach’s call

Wisbech Rugby Club (red) in action against Sudbury.

Wisbech Rugby Club (red) in action against Sudbury.

Wisbech 22pts,

Sudbury 10pts

Wisbech produced their most intensive and physical 
performance of the season so far as they rallied to a call to arms from club coach Leonard Veenendaal.

“I had targeted this game as a must win game as Sudbury look to be one of the strongest teams in the division and were currently lying in third place,” he said.

“I had sent my wife Tracy to watch Old Cooperians versus Sudbury and she brought back valuable video footage, and along with an intensive training session organised by some of my friends at Bedford Rugby Club, I was able to set a game plan.

“Each squad player raised their game.”

The win moves Wisbech to only five points off third spot. Wisbech were guilty of conceding some early penalties but three penalty attempts missed the target.

Wisbech needed to be patient and finally the pressure told as Shane Vickers scored out wide. Sudbury’s full back went over to level matters. Wisbech scored again before half-time via Vickers in a carbon copy of his first try.

After the break Wisbech looked to tighten up their forward game and this allowed the backs more space.

Fly half Steven Priest put in a man of the match performance. For the first of his second half tries he took the ball inside the visitors’ 22 to score. Sudbury scored and reduced the deficit to 15-10.

Nerves were settled as Priest stole in for his second try to earn a bonus point. Sam Anderson kicked the conversion from out wide. Ben Chapman once again was a key performer along with James Napier in the centre.

Nathan Goodale had his best game for the club, putting in some bone-crunching tackles.

Wisbech travel to Cantabs on Saturday, kick off 2pm.

 

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