GALLERY: Wisbech 22 - 15 Crusaders - Hosts complete league double but coach asks for more

Wisbech Rugby v Crusaders.Picture:Steve Williams.

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

Wisbech held on with 13 men to complete a league double over Crusaders with a 22-15 home win ... but their coach was not impressed.

In the first quarter Wisbech played some excellent team rugby taking an early lead when winger Shane Vickers went over in the corner.

As the game went on, Wisbech lost their discipline at the break down and conceded a string of penalties, which released the pressure on the visitors.

However, before half time, from a ruck within the Crusaders five metre line, Nathan Goodale crashed over. Steve Priest added the conversion and the hosts eased into a 12-0 half time lead.

In the second half, Crusaders used the wind advantage to kick the ball deep into Wisbech’s half.


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Goodale was sent to the sin bin for a late tackle. With a man down in the pack, Crusaders forced a penalty try from a five metre scrum. The conversion made it 12-7.

Wisbech responded and, still down to 14 men, got the next try. A superb driving maul on half way took the ball deep into the Crusaders half. From the ruck scrum half Andy Claydon slotted over a drop goal to make the score 15-7.

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Then, prop Raimondas Vinksna went over to score a try with Priest adding the extras.

In the last ten minutes Crusaders scored a converted try and Wisbech lost their discipline - Jacob Goat was sin binned and with five minutes to go Vinksna was sent off for throwing a punch.

However, the 13 Wisbech players left on the field held out to the final whistle although Crusaders slotted over a late penalty to secure a losing bonus point.

Leonard Veenendaal said: “Although we posted a victory I was disappointed with our performance. I expect the highest standard from my players.”

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