Rugby: 17-year-old Smith stars for Wisbech in win over Thetford

Wisbech RUFC v Thetford. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech RUFC v Thetford. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech RUFC are yet to be beaten at home and went joint second in the Eastern Counties Greene King Division One after visitors Thetford were overrun 41-21 thanks to an inspired performance from 17-year-old Albert Smith.

Smith, who is playing in his first season of senior rugby, turned in a performance that defied his years as his side surged to victory last Saturday.

Thetford, who had arrived at Wisbech an hour and a half before kick off to go through their warm up routine certainly hit the ground running, as Wisbech were forced to defend.

The away side looked to dominate the forward battle and on 15 minutes powered over for converted try.

Shortly after, some determined defending from Wisbech winger Albert Smith saw him produce a match winning tackle after he sprinted across the pitch from the opposite wing and brought the visitors winger down with a classic tackle only metres from the try line.

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Smith’s defending galvanized his team mates and from that point turned the game in Wisbech’s favour.

Wisbech’s forwards started to take control of the close encounters and by half time Wisbech had secured a bonus point as they rattled in four tries by Jon Turner, Kerrie McMullen, Ramos Vinksna and Sam Anderson.

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Scrum half Jack Malkin converted all but one to give the home team a commanding 36-7 lead.

Thetford were again the first to score in the second half after Wisbech were guilty of a lack of concentration but two quick tries by James Napier and Connor Lucas soon restored their composure.

A defensive mistake in the Wisbech midfield saw Theftford steal in for the third try but a fine all-round team performance was rounded of when Malkin nipped in for a try on full time. Malkin also added two further second half conversions.

Wisbech coach Leonard Veenendaal said: “Our young guns, Smith and fly-half Will Boreham, were excellent but I was pleased the whole team performance and commitment today.”

Wisbech have a week off before their next game against Thetford on Saturday December 5.

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