RFU Junior Vase: London Exiles 19, Wisbech 13

Sunday, February 19, 2012
11:17 PM

Wisbech’s dream of Twickenham was ended when they were beaten by Surrey Division One table-toppers Exiles in the quarter-finals of the RFU Junior Vase.

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The Cambridgeshire hopefuls more than played their part in a thrilling encounter in terrible conditions.

Solomon Prestidge scored their only try, which was converted by Mark Laws, who also kicked two penalties.

“We’re all very disappointed as it could have easily gone the other way,” said Wisbech coach Ben McCall, whose team are three points behind leaders Cantabrigian in Eastern Counties One with six games to play having won all but one of their 14 games so far.

“The weather and pitch conditions were against our style of play. However, we’re absolutely now going to concentrate 100 per cent on winning our league – not just getting out of it.”

West Norfolk 12 
Harwich & Dovercourt 20

A very young West Norfolk side trailed 13-0 at half-time against a Harwich team with an experienced and organised pack after some poor handling and decision making.

But they made a game of it in the second half, when Jake Richardson scored two tries – the second following a good run and hand-off from Ross Biggs.

Charlie Fysh was West’s man of the match after giving an outstanding performance at No 8.

Team manager Nigel Richardson said: “We need to get back to the basics we’ve done in training and learn from the second-half performance and effort we showed.”

Elsewhere in Eastern Counties One, Crusaders took a big step towards securing their safety by beating Southwold 36-0 with tries by Peter Blinkhorn, Callum Slaughter (two) and full-back Keysall.

In Division Two, Thetford maintained their title push by thrashing Sawston 67-0 while Swaffham won 35-9 at Mistley.

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