GALLERY: Wisbech 29 - 6 Datchworth

Wisbech rugby vs Datchworth. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech rugby vs Datchworth. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A commanding second half performance saw Wisbech progress to the second round of the Senior Vase with a 29-6 win over Datchworth at Harecroft Road on Saturday.

Wisbech rugby vs Datchworth. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech rugby vs Datchworth. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The game was in the balance at half-time with the host’s leading by one point but, cheered on by a large crowd, they scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to see off their London North West Three opponents.

Wisbech took an early lead when veteran prop James Griffin crashed over to score a try on five minutes, with Sam Anderson adding the conversion.

Datchworth did not lay down and capitalised on Wisbech indiscipline to kick two penalties, which made it 7-6 at the break.

At half time Wisbech made changes with Andrew Claydon moving into scrum half and James Napier in to flyhalf.


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The changes paid dividends with the host’s increasing the tempo of the game and confidence was restored when a powerful forward drive from the half way line saw Claydon touch down.

Impressive play by the backs then saw Jon Turner score a try when he burst through the visitors defence, with Anderson converting.

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Wisbech rounded off their try haul when flanker Tom Martell scored a converted try after the pack had turned over ball in Datchworth territory.

Skipper Nathaniel Humphreys said: “I was pleased with his teams performance and especially with the solid defence.

“Solomon Prestidge and James Griffin both put in match winning performances.

The switch brought about by coach Leonard Veenendaal at half time certainly paid dividends.

“We are looking for an extended Vase run this season to boost team spirits.”

Wisbech are back in league action when they entertain Campions on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

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