GALLERY: Wisbech Wildcats have the edge after first leg of March Bears Jack Arch Cup double header

March v Wisbech Rugby. Picture: Steve Williams.

March v Wisbech Rugby. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Wildcats have the upper hand over March Bears after the first leg of their Jack Arch Cup double header.

The visitors scored four tries in a 20-12 win at Elm Road Playing Field, on Saturday.

Wisbech enjoyed the stronger start and were rewarded with two unconverted tries through Steven Priest and Raimondas Vinksna.

The Bears responded but could not turn possession into points and went in at half-time 10-0 down.

In the second half the Bears reduced the arrears when Wisbech’s full back was pressured from a kick.

Winger Michael Croucher’s tackle dislodged the ball and Wisbech’s scrambling defence could not stop flanker Jonathan Tulip from powering over for unconverted try.

However, Wisbech responded almost immediately.

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Hard-running Vinksna bagged their third unconverted try to give Wisbech a 15-5 lead.

After sustained pressure from the March forwards, James Hilliard crashed over for Bears’ second try, converted by skipper Simon Whittaker.

With the game in the balance, the intensity increased.

From a line out, with only seconds to play, Vinksna scored his hat-trick try to seal the win.