Warm and sunny are not words normally associated with Skegness in October, but on Sunday they were the conditions the Wisbech RUFC U13’s faced.
After the long drive, it was disappointing to discover that the home team could not field a full team, so in a spirit of sportsmanship Wisbech agreed to a 13-a-side game.
Wisbech were always going to struggle against the older and physically stronger Skegness U14 side, and the home team were soon ahead. The Wisbech team mounted a stout defence but the strength and speed of the seasiders added two further tries and a conversion to go 17–0 up.
After 20 minutes a serious injury to Wisbech’s George Paul led to the match being stopped whilst he received medical treatment, and eventual transfer to hospital with a suspected broken ankle. We all wish George a speedy recovery.
After the stoppage, the coaches agreed to play another short game, and despite the loss of their teammate, Wisbech played with grit and determination and were unlucky not to score. The power of the Skegness team eventually told and they ran out 19–0 winners.
The Wisbech pack was in good form, despite being considerably lighter than their opponents, winning eight out of 10 scrums. The backs, too, contributed well in defence, with some exceptional tackling keeping the final score down.
The Wisbech team showed an amazing amount of sportsmanship, spirit, courage and character in their defeat on Sunday.
Man of the match was Thomas Barlow.
This Sunday (19) it is training at the club from 10am, all new players welcome.