Rivals bury their differences

PUBLISHED: 12:03 15 December 2006 | UPDATED: 19:53 01 June 2010

Wisarch 1st XV 26 Thorney 2nd XV 6 SINCE time immemorial, the rugby clubs from March and Wisbech have been fierce rivals. On Saturday however, against all odds, they joined forces to help take on another local team in a one-off friendly match at the s

Wisarch" 1st XV 26

Thorney 2nd XV 6

SINCE time immemorial, the rugby clubs from March and Wisbech have been fierce rivals. On Saturday however, against all odds, they joined forces to help take on another local team in a one-off friendly match at the sports field in Elm Road.

Also on Saturday, the pitch was graced by the boots of a former March captain who now plies his trade in the sunnier climes of Zaragoza in northern Spain. Chris Litchfield returned for a one-off match and was handed the captain's armband in a gesture of faith from the current captain John Boyle who was unavailable to play through injury.

Wisarch kicked the game off in bright, sunny conditions and soon had Thorney on the defensive. Surging runs from the Wisarch forwards kept the visiting pack on their toes while the sprightly backs in the Wisarch line-up were a constant threat to the under-pressure Thorney midfield.

Thorney, however, took a 6-0 lead thanks to two penalty kicks.

On the half-hour, Wisarch stormed through into the danger zone to score a well-earned try, and the accurate conversion gave them a slender one-point lead at the break.

After some tactical changes, Wisarch took the game by the scruff of the neck and soon crossed the line to extend their lead. The visitors defended well to prevent Wisarch from running away with the game, but it was only a matter of time before cracks started to show. Wisarch exploited this and, following some fine flowing rugby, they scored two runaway tries in quick succession. The visitors must have thought that things could only get better, but another try towards the end of the game killed off any chance of a Thorney comeback.


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