Wisbech U16s rugby side so close in Cambs RFU Bowl U16 county cup final versus Peterborough
Wisbech under-16s lost by just one point at Peterborough on a wet and windy Sunday.
Peterborough were unable to field a recognised front row, this meant unconditional scrums which did not favour Wisbech; however they agreed to it.
Wisbech quickly found themselves three points down. Wisbech started to ease their way back into the match playing positive rugby which led to a great break and try from Ethan Jones.
Jacob Gent was successful with the conversion, the visitors taking a 7-0 lead.
Wisbech took their foot off the gas with uncharacteristic errors allowing Peterborough to hit back with two tries just before half time.
The second half got underway with the Wisbech forward pack taking control of the match, their powerful driving mauls making lots of ground which reflected the Wisbech power which was negated through the uncontested scrums.
Wisbech scored two further tries through Harvey King and Carlo Giglio.
With the game in the balance and Wisbech pressing for the winning score the referee blew the whistle to end the game 21-20 in favour of the hosts.
Wisbech coaches Paul Lewis and Martin Grieve both agreed the absence of competitive scrums took away an important part of their game plan which did not favour their team but were happy the boys at least got valuable game time praising the great effort by the whole squad.
• On Sunday morning, Wisbech mini section welcomed Ely Rugby club to Harecroft Road.
The under-11's (below) after a brief training session were quickly ready and raring to go. The first match was very competitive however, Wisbech came out on top by winning clean ball and displaying excellent attacking play.
Jacob P. was impressive in the rucks and tackles. Joe was his usual high tempo and competitive self, giving the opposition lots of grief. Wisbech winning the first match 3-2.
Ely put Wisbech under pressure at the beginning of the second match with fast paced ball overwhelming the Wisbech defence, which saw them 3-1 down at half time. Wisbech took command in the second half turning the match on its head, started moving the ball wide and running into space effectively securing a few more tries.
Coach Ben Wicks said: "Thank you to Ely for lending us a player in each match, the fixture was played in fantastic spirit by both sides and all the supporters were great. One of the best performances of the season with all the players at the top of their game."
The under-10's (with Ely, above) played two matches against Ely with Wisbech winning the first match and Ely the second. The first match consisting of two fifteen minute half’s, where in the first half Ely were leading 5-4. The second half being more of a contest of attrition, Wisbech were able to run in the tries to win comfortably 9-7.
The second match was only one half of 15 minutes with the smaller Wisbech squad starting to tire, they were still able to pressure Ely and put up a solid centre defence with 5-3 victors Ely only managing to get around the Wisbech defence on the wings.
Wisbech introduced the U10’s to the new procedure of washing their hands before and after the matches and instead of shaking hand using their elbows for greetings went without any disagreements to the new procedures, and didn’t inhibit the enthusiasm the U10’s have for rugby.
Both the Wisbech & Ely under-7 squads had enough players to make two teams from each club. The teams played five matches each and all were very close. There were elusive runners in all the teams who kept the defenders on their toes. The Wisbech players combined well in attack and defence and all contributed with tags, passes, running and tries.
Elbow bumps replaced handshakes at the end of each match.
Coach Dave Dobson commented: "Thanks for the positive support from friends and family and thanks to the Ely players and coaches for an enjoyable morning."
• Rugby has now been suspended at Wisbech until April 14 due to coronavirus.
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