Fijian Vase hosts outmuscle Wisbech

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Old Merchant

Taylors 49pts,

Wisbech 7pts

Wisbech travelled the 200 mile round trip in the second round of the National Senior Vase on Saturday.

Taylors play in London North West 3, the equivalent league to Wisbech.

Wisbech had beaten Datchworth of the same league in the previous round and felt confident despite travelling with only 15 players.

It was soon obvious that Wisbech were playing a version of the Autumn Internationals as the home side was made up of eight Fijians who are stationed at a local army barracks and apparently registered to the club.

Despite the hosts’ clear physical advantage and with a number of Wisbech players playing out of position, Wisbech were more than a match for the home team.

The pack played well and were unlucky to concede seven tries all of which were converted.

In reply Wisbech were awarded a penalty try when one of the Fijians took out Tom Martell who was about to score with a high tackle. Sam Anderson added the conversion.

“The scoreline flattered the opposition as to a man Wisbech played with heart and commitment,” reflected manager Cliff Humphreys.

“It is a pity the Old Merchant Taylors did not enter into the spirit of the competition and select a side equal to that of their regular league side.

“I am not saying that we would have won the match but it would have been a more even contest.”

Wisbech in the league are at home to Canvey Island on Saturday, kick off for the match is 2.30pm.