‘I wish England could play like that’ - Manager’s delight at Wisbech Rugby Club’s 73-3 triumph

WISBECH Rugby Club sent an emphatic message to the rest of the league on Saturday as they steamrollered struggling Broadland by a whopping 70 points.

The title-chasers, who remain determined to complete a quickfire return to London North-East Division Three after last season’s relegation, shrugged off the scorching temperatures at Harecroft Road to run in 11 breathtaking tries.

The 73-3 victory leaves them with maximum points from their first three games in the Greene King Eastern Counties Division One - boasting a positive points difference of more than 100.

Delighted team manager Cliff Humphreys said: “It was text book rugby - I just wish England could play like that!

“The forwards did their job and the backs were just too strong. We were thinking about getting three figures at one stage. We started running a book on the touchline to give odds on us getting 100 points.

“It was up there with our best wins. We had that clinical edge and we killed them off within 20 minutes. What I liked about it was we raised our game whenever they started fading in the heat.

“The lads were getting a bit cocky in the warm-up so I told them; win the game first, get the bonus point and then bring out the champagne rugby.”

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A hat-trick from the in-form Jon Turner, as well as tries from Joe Barfoot (2), James Napier (2), Phil Martell, Shane Vickers, Will Pettit and Nathaniel Humphreys helped power Wisbech to the crushing win.

Stand-in captain Vickers, in charge of the side while Tom Long recovers from a broken thumb, was also in fine kicking form - slotting nine conversions.

Humphreys added: “Three wins and three bonus points is the perfect start. The boys were so dominant on Saturday that they think they can run through anyone at the moment. We’ve got to keep our concentration.

“I know in my own heart that the guys in this squad are better than this league and probably even better than the next league up.”

Wisbech travel to Woodbridge tomorrow before taking on Saffron Walden in the Cambridgeshire County Cup the following week.

• Wisbech II showed how far they have come in the last year by running Norwich Medics close in a 15-5 defeat at Harecroft Road.

The same team had beaten them by more than 80 points last season but, under the guidance of Oliver Mackett, Wisbech have now made themselves a force in the Woodfordes Norfolk Division One.