Wisbech Rugby Club paid tribute to their brave team and to those who treated injured fly half Jack Malkin in Saturday’s RFU Junior Vase exit.
Malkin suffered a dislocated hip midway through the first half.
Hosts Wisbech bowed out of the Junior Vase 20-7 to Battersea Ironsides (see page 102) on Saturday with a sterling team performance.
Prior to the match Wisbech lost Nathan Goodale who withdrew on the morning of the game due to illness. Later during the warm-up skipper and talisman Solomon Prestidge, who had been injured the previous week, had to withdraw after aggravating the injury.
“I love the game but sometimes it does not love you back,” said coach Leonard Veenendaal, who had to shuffle his pack.
“It was a hard-fought battle and good game. Man for man every Wisbech player did their club and town proud. “Each and every one put their bodies on the line, played with such heart and passion and in spite of their disappointment the boys were absolutely gracious in defeat.
“I am immensely proud of the boys and wish Ironsides all the best for the final and the rest of their season.
“I also want to thank the supporters and my support team on the day of Cliff and Nathaniel Humphreys, Robbie Brooks and Luke Green.”
Manager Cliff Humphreys said: “I would like to thank the Ironsides physiotherapists, the travelling doctor and Clairice Pepper from March RUFC and local paramedic for helping out with Jack Malkin until the ambulance arrived.
“Jack is a great player and character. Hopefully he will make a full recovery and will be back playing soon.”