Super show from Rogers
PUBLISHED: 10:38 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010
EASTERN COUNTIES DIVISION ONE Wisbech 43 Cantabs 3 WISBECH eventually recorded a resounding victory over Cantabs after the first half ended with honours even. Injuries and late call-offs caused Wisbech to re-shuffle their pack and led to the home side pl
Wisbech 43 Cantabs 3
WISBECH eventually recorded a resounding victory over Cantabs after the first half ended with honours even.
Injuries and late call-offs caused Wisbech to re-shuffle their pack and led to the home side playing a spoiling game.
Cantabs appeared to be quicker around the base of the scrum and ruck and were able to put Wisbech under pressure.
The home defence cracked on seven minutes, allowing Cantabs to kick an easy penalty to give the away side a 3-0 lead.
The remainder of the half saw a close fought game but as the Wisbech forwards began to get themselves into the game, they began to apply pressure.
This led to Cantabs conceding a penalty on 32 minutes that Mark Laws duly converted to make the half-time score 3-3.
Playing with the wind, Wisbech made much more of the slight advantage and started to take the game to the opposition. The front row of Agris Kokar, Andy Heighton and Ali Comben combined with man of the match Ben Rogers, began to get on top and this led to good ball being produced for the backs.
Scrum-half Rudi Van de Merwe began to control the game. He kicked an up-and-under which was caught by Joe Barfoot, who fed back the ball back to Van de Merwe to cross the line for the first try.
This was followed by some excellent work by returning skipper Luke Feaviour, who looked lean after his spell on the sidelines.
Both scores were converted by Laws to take a solid 17-3 lead.
Wisbech were in command. Greg Brownlow capped off a good display by forcing himself over the line, Laws greedily hung on to the ball with players in support to score and Barfoot finished a fine run diving under the posts.
The rout was capped off with a late try by James Napier and with Laws being successful with all but one conversion a handsome 43-3 victory was recorded.
Having to re-organise his team, coach Richard Horne can take great heart from this victory as Wisbech prepare for Saturday's big game.