Wisbech serve festive treat with nine tries
Wisbech 57 Norwich Crusaders 5
Wisbech first XV dished up a festive treat on Saturday in their last home fixture of 2015 with a nine-try mauling of Crusaders.
Wisbech kicked off with a slight wind advantage and they found top gear within five minutes as Sam Anderson touched down after a powerful driving maul.
Shortly after centre Lucas Connor finished off a classic backs move to score a try. Wisbech were 17-0 up on 15 minutes when Nathaniel Humphreys, playing at blind side forward, scored from close range. Jack Malkin added the conversion.
The visitors did manage to squeeze the ball over the line to score. However from the restart Wisbech once again increased the tempo. Inside centre James Napier, who was instrumental in most of the backs’ moves, scored under the posts. By half-time Connor had scored his second try, Malkin adding the extras.
The second half continued in much the same vein and despite receiving two yellow cards, Napier (alleged dangerous tackle) and skipper Solly Prestidge (late tackle), Wisbech never looked in trouble. The team continued to play as one unit and further tries from Harry Newman, Humphreys and two more from Connor, with Newman adding three conversions after taking over the kicking duties.
Coach Leonard Veenendaal praised the hard yards put in on the training pitch and felt that this performance was the most polished since he took over as coach. He felt that both Humphreys and Napier were joint men of the match but Adam Bunton impressed at outside centre.
The club would like to thank Shane Newman of SNB Civils and all other club sponsors and helpers for their valuable support over the season.
The first XV are away to leaders Wymondham next Saturday, and the Wildcats are at home, kicking off at 2pm.