Newmarket 16 - 7 Wisbech - Veenendaal’s try in vain as visitors suffer disappointing loss

Wisbech Rugby v Crusaders.Picture:Steve Williams.

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

Wisbech went down to a disappointing 16-7 loss at Newmarket on Saturday.

They started well with De La Rey Veenendaal looking sharp at centre - his pace created a couple of early chances but Newmarket’s defence stood firm.

However as the half progressed Newmarket used the strong wind to their advantage and pegged Wisbech back into their half.

Wisbech started to concede a number of penalties and Newmarket scored a converted try and then a penalty to lead 10-0 at half time.

A further penalty shortly after the restart increased Newmarket’s lead to 13 -0.

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Wisbech fought back - Veenendaal was put through in space and sped to the line to score under the posts, with Steve Priest adding the extra points.

The home side added another penalty – at that point with the clock ticking down Wisbech needed to score at least twice to take the spoils.

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In the last five minutes Wisbech pressured the home side but their defence held out.

Coach Leonard Veenendaal said: “It was to be expected that our team continuity would suffer with the number enforced changes due to injuries and unavailability.

“Both Ben Chapman and De la Rey Veenendaal were very good and I was also pleased with young tight-head prop Sigitas ?iakas on his debut.

“Other than that I was disappointed in the overall poor defence and lack of physicality on the day.

“The boys owe it to the club and supporters to rally for the last two remaining fixtures with two big performances and to end the season on a high.”

Wisbech play Woodbridge on Saturday, 3pm kick-off, in their last home league match of the season.

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