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1st XV triumph 62-0 at Thurston where they've not won in five years


By Pete Woodhouse


Wisbech 1st XV triumphed 62-0 at Thurston in Suffolk, where they have not won in more than five years, following two close losses at home.

With both sides heading into the game needing a win, the match was poised to be a highly competitive affair.

Wisbech forwards dominated the ball, and, after a few inspired phases the ball was spun out to the backs for a scintillating try which saw nearly every back handle the ball, scrum-half James Fear scoring the try. Harry Newman converted from the tightest of angles to give Wisbech a 7-0 lead in the first five minutes.

Back, from left: Nico Steenkamp (coach), Solomon Prestidge (c), Mickey Watts, Sam Cooke, Jacob Goat, Jethro Rawling, Henry Lankfer, Craig Harron, Sam Anderson, Harry Newman, Jake Jackson. Front: Henrikas Stankus, Paulius Tamoliunas, Nathan Goodale, David Brodie, James Fear, James Napier, Shane Vickers. (4348501)
Back, from left: Nico Steenkamp (coach), Solomon Prestidge (c), Mickey Watts, Sam Cooke, Jacob Goat, Jethro Rawling, Henry Lankfer, Craig Harron, Sam Anderson, Harry Newman, Jake Jackson. Front: Henrikas Stankus, Paulius Tamoliunas, Nathan Goodale, David Brodie, James Fear, James Napier, Shane Vickers. (4348501)

Not to be overshadowed by the backs’ fine attacking moves, a forward was the next to score, as the in-form Henry Lankfer forced his way over the line and within five minutes of the restart captain Solomon Prestige powered his way over.

The elements that didn’t click for Wisbech from the previous two weeks against two tough sides worked well in some inspiring rugby.

Craig Harron, back from injury, commanded the game well from 10 and veteran centre Shane Vickers made good ground when he had the opportunity.

Forwards played well-rehearsed patterns which can be hard on the road. Both line outs and scrums functioned well, debutant wingers Paulius Tamoliunas and Henrikas Stankus made good ground and interchanged the play well.

Only some incredible defensive displays denied Thurston, giving Wisbech not only their first win of the season, but a convincing victory away from home.

James Napier was named the Round Table man-of-the-match.

Tries: James Napier (2); Shane Vickers (2); Harry Newman (2) James Fear (2); Nathan Goodale; Solomon Prestidge; Henry Lankfer. Conversions: Newman (x2). Penalty: Newman.

Next up for Wisbech 1st XV is the visit from 2nd in the league Wymondham to Harecroft road while the Wildcats travel to St Neots, both games kick off 3pm



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