RUGBY: Wisbech Wildcats take the win after ‘very phsycial high tempo’ match against West Norfolk II

Wisbech Wildcats: Back row left to right: Phil Cooper, Will Hall, Josh Anderson, Iwan Jones, Ben Cha

Wisbech Wildcats: Back row left to right: Phil Cooper, Will Hall, Josh Anderson, Iwan Jones, Ben Chapman (c), Jon Turner , Greg Brownlow, David Wadsley, Shane Vickers, Mark Goude, Adam Curtis. Front row left to right: Chris Hare, Maxx Hudson, George Gordon, James Griffin, Joe England Dale Houghton, Lee Hunt, Tom Smith, Tom Gold. - Credit: Archant

The Wisbech Wildcats kicked of the weekend of rugby on Friday evening returning to West Norfolk for the second ‘Friday night under the lights’ match.

The Wildcats claimed a 24-7 win in the first fixture back on February 9. Both sides fielded very different looking sides.

The Wildcats got off to a good start when after 10 minutes of sustained pressure in the west half, good hands saw left wing Max Hudson go over for the opening try in the left hand corner.

The Wildcats forwards continued their dominance putting in several phases with the forwards in particular putting in some big carries.

The pressure was eventually rewarded with the backs finding some space and good inter-play between centre Shane Vickers and flyhalf Jon Turner to create some space.

Turner beat the last two defenders to go over in the right hand corner to go in the break with a 10-0 lead.

The men from King’s Lynn came out in the second half in true West Norfolk fashion. Launching several phases of their own they were eventually rewarded with a good converted try of their own to close the gap to 10-7.

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No quarter asked, no quarter given, if this was meant to be a ‘friendly’ the 30 players on the field certainly did not get the memo.

What had been a very physical high tempo match-up then went up a few more notches, with big hits coming from both sides in a titanic arm-wrestle.

Wisbech where again rewarded for sustained pressure when hooker George ‘action-man’ Gordon finished with a strong run to cross the try line and stretch their lead the 15-7.

With 10 minutes to go it was all West who responded with another converted try, closing the gap trailing by one point at 15-14.

The arm wrestle continued with both sides getting opportunities and both sides defending for all they were worth.

The final whistle came and Wisbech claimed a 15-14 win, retaining their 100 per cent win record.

There were many outstanding individual performances but experienced veterans David Wadsley and Shane Vickers shared the Wisbech Round Table man of the match award for their solid performance in the midfield.

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