Rugby round-up: Bears clinch first league win while Wisbech march on

MARCH Bears held off a late comeback from Cantabrigians II to record their first victory in the Greene King Super Premiere Merit League on Saturday.

The Bears, who started their season with two crushing losses, responded in style with a 13-10 win and a determined display at the Elm Road Sports Field.

Tries from Dave Cooke and captain Aaron Boxall as well as a penalty from Sean Saxby gave March a deserved lead but Cantabs hit back with a late converted try.

The Bears kept their composure in the closing stages to record a morale-boosting victory.

• WISBECH continued their rampant form with another bonus-point win against Woodbridge.

The title-chasers maintained their 100 per cent record in Greene King Eastern Counties Division One by running in five tries to secure a 31-13 victory.

Will Pettit bagged two tries as James Napier, Shane Vickers and Tom Martell also crashed over.

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Stand-in captain Vickers continued his impressive kicking form with three conversions to seal an efficient Wisbech display.

The Harecroft Road outfit will be gunning for an upset when they travel to high-flying Saffron Walden in the Cambridgeshire County Cup tomorrow.

• WISBECH Grammar School’s talented sides clinched a series of comprehensive victories over The King’s School, Ely.

A hat-trick from Jonathan Ison and tries from Joseph Thompsett, Harry Dods and Harley Hollis gave the first team a 36-24 victory.

The school’s second team suffered a narrow 14-12 defeat but there was a 12-0 victory for the under-15s and a 36-0 triumph for the under-14s.