Lucas helps himself to four tries as Wisbech brush Norwich Crusaders aside ahead of next week’s top-of-the-table clash with Wymondham
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Connor Lucas was in fine try-scoring form as Wisbech’s first team dished up a festive treat in their last home fixture of 2015 with a nine try hammering of Norwich Crusaders.
The home side went into their final home game of the year knowing a win would keep them level on points with second-placed Ely and narrowly behind league leaders Wymondham, and four tries from Connor Lucas helped the home side to a resounding 57-5 victory.
Wisbech kicked off with a slight wind advantage and it was not long before the local outfit found top gear as within five minutes Sam Anderson was on hand to touch down after a powerful driving maul.
Shortly after, centre Connor Lucas finished off a classic backs move to secore a try and Wisbech moved to 17-0 on 15 minutes when Nathaniel Humphreys, playing at blind side forward, scored from close range with Jack Malkin adding the conversion.
The pace of the game slowed towards the end of the first half, which allowed the visitors to build some pressure to test Wisbech’s defensive qualities and score a try of their own when the Norwich side managed to squeeze the ball over the line to score.
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However, from the restart Wisbech once again increased the tempo of the game, with inside centre James Napier, who was instrumental in most of the backs moves, scored under the posts.
Lucas had scored his second try before the break - again after a free flowing move - with Malkin adding the extras
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The second half continued in much the same way and despite receiving two yellow cards - Napier for an alleged dangerous tackle and skipper Solly Prestidge for a late tackle - Wisbech never looked in trouble.
The team continued to play as one unit and further tries from Harry Newman, Humphreys and two more from Lucas completed the rout.
Newman added three conversions after taking over the kicking duties to round off a very impressive all-round team performance from Leonard Veenendaal’s men.
Veenendaal praised the hard yards put his side put in on the training pitch, saying: “I felt that this performance was the most polished since I took over as coach. It was pleasing to note that all the tries were scored by solid and collective team work. Both Humphreys and Napier were joint man of the match but Adam Bunton impressed at outside side centre.”
Veenendaal will be hoping his players can turn in a similar performance in the next game; arguably their biggest of the season against league-toppers Wymondham.
Wisbech will look to defy the odds when they travel to Wymondham, as the league leaders are yet to experience defeat this season, and a win for Wisbech could move them to the top of the Eastern Counties Greene King Division One.