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Wisbech Wildcats thrash March Bears in league derby

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Wisbech 2nd put in a performance to remember on Saturday with an emphatic win over rivals March 1st in front of a large, vocal crowed.

The Wildcats scored eight tries to one to achieve a bonus point 47-5 victory in the Green King Eastern Counties 2 West league match at Harecroft Road.

Wisbech got the game under way and very quickly got on the front foot, dominating the ball deep in March territory.

Wildcats v Bears action
Wildcats v Bears action

Wisbech failed to convert the possession and territory they enjoyed in the first 20 points into points but the Wisbech pressure took its toll as March conceded several yellow cards for infringements in their own 22.

Wisbech’s hard work and pressure eventually paid off as the home side scored three unanswered tries going into the break.

But March where quick out of the starting blocks, scoring an unconverted try early try in the second half.

Wisbech 2nd v March action
Wisbech 2nd v March action

Wisbech responded, reasserting themselves, and running through the phases and winning a series of penalties to find themselves in a commanding position deep in March territory.

Then came a wave of Wildcats power and dominance which saw supremacy from the home side as they continued to build a strong lead, scoring another five unanswered tries.

There were several outstanding performances, in particular from the five under-19 players.

Luke Hare (18) captained the side and led from the front, and Jack Obey (18) scored a hat trick.

Wisbech 18-year-olds Luke Hare (c), Jack Obey, Nick Little and Bailey Raven
Wisbech 18-year-olds Luke Hare (c), Jack Obey, Nick Little and Bailey Raven

The tireless effort from veteran Skippy Parsons on his first match back in two years earned him the Round Table Man of the Mach award.

Wisbech head coach Gerhard Wessels said: “I am so happy for the boys, they went out there and they put our game on the park. They rode out some periods where we were under some heavy momentum from a spirited March side.

“We held them out and then obviously we took our chances when they came up. I’m really happy for the 18-year-olds. They were really strong today and they have come on in leaps and bounds over the last 18 months – they are a credit to the club”

Wisbech 1st XV Man of the Match George Overland
Wisbech 1st XV Man of the Match George Overland

Director of rugby Leonard Veenendaal added: “There was some fine rugby played by both sides, hopefully March will be able to resume the traditional annual Jack Arch Cup this season which will be great for local rugby.”

Wisbech try scorers: Brett Newman, James Bostock, Luke Hare, Phil Martell, Reece Dyer, Jack Obey (3). Conversions: Hare (3).

– Wisbech 1st XV produced a convincing display at home against an understrength Woodbridge side to gain their second London 3 Eastern Counties League win of the season.

Wisbech started strongly with their pack in the ascendency, and centre Ethan Garford crossed over in the corner after some smart interplay with veteran Sam Anderson.

Wisbech recorded another four tries in the first half to establish a commanding lead before the half time break.

They started the second half where they left off, scoring a further three unanswered tries and the match ended 63-12 in favour of the home side.

Notable performances came from the returning prop Mickey Watts, wing Frank Etherington and Mindaugas ‘the rampaging bull’ Usatovas who recently switched from the wing to second row.

But 18-year-old George Overland on his 1st XV debut was named the Wisbech Round Table man of the match.

This Saturday, Wisbech 1st XV travel to Fakenham.

– Wisbech’s age group sides have been back in action in recent weeks.

The club has been pleased to welcome new players of all ages. New players are always welcome. Please contact wisbechrugby@outlook.com for further details.

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