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West Norfolk 40 Wisbech 0

A much-changed Wisbech 1st XV lost a seventh player to injury at Gatehouse Lane at undefeated league leaders West Norfolk.

The warning signs were apparent when West scored their first try on the 10-minute mark.

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302904)

Wisbech appeared unable to make any first up tackles stick and their possession was seemingly turned at will by a well-drilled and efficient West Norfolk side.

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302902)

Turning round 21-0 down, the difference in the score line demonstrated that the league leaders had capitalised on every Wisbech mistake while the visitors paid a heavy price for failing to play their game plan they had worked on over the last couple of weeks.

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302900)

Chasing the game, Wisbech conceded three more tries. In spite of a much improved set piece and contest at the breakdowns, a strong and physical home side were simply too clinical and organised.

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302905)

Some of the defending was schoolboy level and a number of the Wisbech players will have to take a long hard look at themselves.

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302907)

The final score was a fair reflection of a dominant home performance but the Wisbech squad never gave up, battling to the final whistle.

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302785)

Bradley Williams, the open side flanker, was a true warrior for the full 80 minutes and was awarded the Wisbech Round Table man of the match.

The squad probably didn’t need another lesson in just how hard competing in the London 3 Eastern Counties can be, but West gave one anyway!

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302796)

After being heavily beaten by West Norfolk on Saturday, Wisbech received yet another injury blow when it was confirmed on Sunday that influential no.8 Pat Grote, who sustained a foot injury in the defeat, would be out for some time with a broken foot.

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302797)

Grote is the seventh player to join the ever growing 1st XV squad injury list.

“I understand that some injuries are unavoidable,” Wisbech director of rugby Leonard Veenendaal commented.

"This is a tough physical sport and this is something you can never really prepare for. Losing is frustrating, but losing because your team isn’t health would be even worse. We wish Pat a speedy recovery.”

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Rugby Action Between West Norfolk Rugby Club. v Wisbech Rugby Club.. (24302802)

Wisbech 1st XV captain David Wadsley said: “West Norfolk is never an easy place to play and Saturday was no different.

“However I couldn’t fault the players' efforts for 80 minutes, we are a good bunch of lads. In spite of our poor away form there is a good positive buzz in the squad and we will stick together to get things right.”



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