Woodbridge Warriors win at Wisbech

Woodbridge's Adam Plummer crosses at Wisbech. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Woodbridge's Adam Plummer crosses at Wisbech. Picture: SIMON BALLARD - Credit: Archant

London 3 East Wisbech 19 Woodbridge Warriors 34 Woodbridge started vigorously, the Warriors pushing up-field for Jamie Smith to kick three penalty points.

Wisbech forwards No8 Sam Anderson and fly-half Jack Malkin fought back as the visitors earned a run of penalties.

Despite a good line-out steal by Dan Knights, Wisbech were fast up to pressurise, JP Hart cleared but the home full-back Harry Newman and Henry Lankfer supported centre Freddy Foreman to the 22 where forwards Richard Cavell, Nat Hunt and Will Lankfer picked and drove forcing a swift penalty from Malkin to flanker Jamie Parsons, who scored.

Woodbridge responded as flanker Jono Cooke broke, supported by lock Ed Banthorpe, with No8 Aldis Salavejs against Anderson, flanker Matt Bowman was stopped short then Smith slipped two tackles to score out wide.

Wisbech came back through wing Alex Watson and Freddy Foreman before Salavejs broke from a scrum and quick, safe hands fed Bowman who battered over to score.

Woodbridge's JP Hart battles against Wisbech. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Woodbridge's JP Hart battles against Wisbech. Picture: SIMON BALLARD - Credit: Archant


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Wisbech reacted with a threatening surge on the Woodbridge line. Repeated ruck penalties reduced Woodbridge to 14 before a high, try-saving tackle on Watson earned a penalty try.

Woodbridge looked sharp at the restart, scrum half Taff Lloyd launching Bowman again into the tackle of hooker Hunt as Wisbech stole, Will Lankfer carried and centre James Napier bolted down route one.

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Hart cleared back downfield and again after another penalty, Bowman rampaged unsupported and centre James Porter had a good run – a ruck reloaded Bowman then a long pass from Clogg put scrum Half Adam Plummer over in the corner.

Then Clogg bombed full back Watson who was chased down. A scrum yielded possession to Bowman to Tom Edwards to Hart who scored.

Jamie Smith scores for Woodbridge at Wisbech. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Jamie Smith scores for Woodbridge at Wisbech. Picture: SIMON BALLARD - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge successfully defended an attack from Napier, Newman and Cavell with pressure on the line but a spill let Hart snaffle it, Smith kicked on and Clogg ran 80-metres to score a breakaway try.

Another strong Wisbech run from Newman set up a siege on the Woodbridge 5m line and it was Napier who eventually broke through, the eighth and final try in an energetic, hard-fought, entertaining contest.

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