RUGBY UNION: Wisbech avenge earlier Woodbridge defeat with dazzling seven-try display

PUBLISHED: 16:40 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:40 08 March 2017

James Napier was one of seven try scorers in Wisbech's 39-12 win over Woodbridge last weekend. PHOTO: Ian Carter

James Napier was one of seven try scorers in Wisbech's 39-12 win over Woodbridge last weekend. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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Head coach Leonard Veenendaal has praised his Wisbech players for turning in one of their most impressive attacking displays in their success over Woodbridge last weekend.

The local lads gained revenge for their shoddy 48-12 defeat to the Suffolk outfit earlier in the season with a devastating display of intensity and power which fired them to a 39-12 success at Chapel Road.

Ben Wicks dotted down twice and Ben Chapman, James Bostock, Connor Lucas, James Napier and James Patrick all helped themselves to tries and Veenendaal laid the praise on his players after watching them secure their third straight Eastern Counties triumph.

“We talked about intensity, sticking to our structures and game plan just to keep the game very simple for ourselves,” he said.

“You are one part of a 15-man machine and if you do your part well, then the team goes well and that is what the squad of 18 delivered.

“Everyone’s individual intensity levels were absolutely fantastic and I think we capitalised on that, converting pressure with our scores at key moments.

“If you go flat out as hard as you can throughout, you will create moments that you can capitalise on and that’s what we did on Saturday.

“Every player has to be commended. The young players continue to grow and the character and discipline of the old heads is outstanding.

“We’ve seen that in how they performed away to Crusaders and on Saturday. To turn a 48-12 drubbing around with 39-12 win and scoring seven tries in the process is testament to that.”

Wisbech, who now sit just five points behind fifth-placed Woodbridge, will hope to close that gap on Saturday when they travel to Essex to take on Colchester 3rds.

Wisbech were edged 6-5 in a low-scoring affair the last time the sides met, and Veenendaal is hopeful his players can avenge that defeat with another high-intensity performance.

“The challenge for us a team and in particular the younger players is to take that level of intensity and discipline on the road to Colchester,” he said.

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