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Rugby: much-changed Wisbech 1st XV lose at second-spot in London 3 Eastern Counties League Cantabs RUFC

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Cantabrigian 70 Wisbech 0

A much-changed Wisbech 1st XV travelled to Sedley Taylor Road, Cambridge, to play second in London 3 Eastern Counties League Cantabs RUFC.

The warning signs were apparent after a poor first half, when the Wisbech set piece failed to find parity or compete on the opposition ball, failed to keep hold of possession and appeared unable to make any tackles stick against a well-drilled and efficient Cantabs side.

Wisbech U16 v Shelford U16 (26631346)
Wisbech U16 v Shelford U16 (26631346)

Turning round 31-0 down, the less said about the second half the better in what turned out to be the worst performance of the season against a strong and physical home side.

Wisbech said that some of the defending, ball handling was schoolboy level and possession was seemingly turned at will. A number of the senior players will have to take a long hard look at themselves.

The final score was a fair reflection of a dominant home performance but you can recognise the efforts of the Wisbech bench which certainly lifted the mood and showed some passion and pride.

Head coach Nico Steenkamp said. “I accept there where some senior players unavailable but it was an opportunity for players to step up and fill that void.

“I was really disappointed with our lack of defensive application and our attitude was very poor on the day.

“If we play like that against Thetford at home next week it could very well be a cricket score so we will be looking for those selected to give us a response.”

Wisbech, who lie in tenth position, take on fourth in the league Thetford at Harecroft Road on Saturday.

KO is 2pm.

Wisbech U16 v Shelford U16 (26631349)
Wisbech U16 v Shelford U16 (26631349)


Wisbech under 16s hosted Shelford under 16s .

With an even first half Shelford scored a couple of tries to our one making the score 17-7 at half-time.

Wisbech appeared rejuvenated after the restart and began to pressurise the visitors. Wisbech’s relentless attacking threat was rewarded with another try before Shelford hit back with a try of their own, the match finishing 22-12 to Shelford.

Coach Paul Ludlow said: “I’m proud of our boys for battling to then end, they played well and dug deep against a good side, no more so than our Wisbech Round Table man of the match, Michal Glowacki."

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