Wisbech hoping for big home support as they prepare for Junior Vase clash with Battersea & Ironsides

Wisbech Rugby v Southwold.Picture: Steve Williams.

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

Wisbech Rugby Club is hoping for a large crowd to be their 16th man as they look to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Junior Vase history on Saturday.

The club hosts Battersea & Ironsides in the semi-final of the London & SE division of the national tournament. If they win, they will be two games away from a final at Twickenham.

But the visitors are a fearsome proposition - the Surrey 1 outfit are unbeaten this season - and they will be bringing with them two coach-loads of supporters.

Manager Cliff Humphreys said: “The visitors look to be a formidable outfit as they are unbeaten this season and their results on the road are very impressive.

“We have been at this stage of the competition a couple of times in the last 10 years. Unfortunately we have lost on both occasions. It would a boost to Wisbech to go one better this time.”


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Wisbech warmed up for the game with a 8-0 loss at Ipswich YMCA in the Greene King Eastern Counties 1 on Saturday.

Head coach Leonard Veenendaal said he was pleased with the “passion” his side showed in the hard-fought contest.

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Wisbech go into Saturday’s massive clash with major fitness doubts over skipper Solomon Prestidge, hooker Ollie Lake, centre De La Rey Veenendaal and number eight Greg Brownlow.

Vennendaal said: “Losing Solomon would be a big loss but the boys are up for this game.

“We will train hard this week and make no mistake, we are 100 per cent focused on winning.

“It will be physical and not for the faint heated but these are the sort of games every rugby players wants to play in. We can’t wait for kick-off.”

Wisbech’s second team, the Wisbech Wildcats, were also in action at the weekend. They scored eight tries in a thumping 60-12 win over Holt III.

Joe Barfoot (2), Nick Thompsett (2), Claydon Williams, Albert Smith and Adam Bunton got the tries.

Humphreys said: “The tackling and discipline shown by Wisbech was a pleasure to watch. I enjoyed the game very much. We certainly have some young talent to work with.”

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