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Wisbech Rugby Club and Wisbech Wildcats had mixed results at Harecroft Road over the weekend



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Wisbech 1st XV suffered a tough defeat 31-5 to title-chasing Thurston on Saturday afternoon.

The Men in Red were on the back foot for the majority of the game, with Thurston showing their dominance throughout.

Thurstons’s pack asserted themselves early on and it their power rattled the Men in Red throughout the first half. Jack Rae converted to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.

Wisbech Round Table man of the Match Solomon Prestidge with his daugters (52786336)
Wisbech Round Table man of the Match Solomon Prestidge with his daugters (52786336)

Thurston scored three further tries and secured the bonus point to establish a 28-0 lead at half time.

Wisbech started the second half brightly, being awarded a penalty and opting to kick into the corner. From the lineout maul, Wisbech's efforts were rewarded when the pack drove over for the try and their first points on the board. Gilbert Laws narrowly missed the conversion.

Wisbech would control the majority of the second half, giving the Men in Red the opportunity to turn the game around.

Wildcats Round Table man of the Match Jake Jackson (52786333)
Wildcats Round Table man of the Match Jake Jackson (52786333)

However, a catalogue of errors in attacking play and wrong decisions saw Leonard Veenendaals’ men unable to convert their chances.

Thurston would have the final say, converting a long range penalty late on to leave the score at 31-5.

Speaking after the game, director of rugby Veenendaal said: "Today’s result was an example of what happens if you don’t follow the game plan we trained all week.

"Thurston gave the lads a lesson in what happens when you do and not take your chances.

"We made our own problems and that’s not good enough but we have some positives to take from the result.

"The challenge is how they respond this week in training and away to Thetford, a tough place where we have not won in more than seven years."

Elsewhere, Wisbech Wildcats thrashed Boston's second team 62-5 at Harecroft Road.

Tom Goude kicked things off with a wonderful individual try, and Will Boreham scored a hat-trick. Matt Mitchell, Nathaniel Humphreys and Daniel Roberts added further tries.



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