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Holt fall at same rugby hurdle

PUBLISHED: 11:29 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:21 13 July 2010

Wisbech 39, Holt 24



HOLT travelled in the sixth round of The EDF Junior Vase knowing that a win could put them into the last 16.

They have reached this stage of the competition for the past three seasons and again fell at this fence.

Wisbech 39, Holt 24

HOLT travelled in the sixth round of The EDF Junior Vase knowing that a win could put them into the last 16.

They have reached this stage of the competition for the past three seasons and again fell at this fence.

They can now concentrate

on the league programme and the Woodforde's Norfolk Junior Cup.

On Saturday they entertain Cantabrigians in the league, whom they beat earlier in the season 15-7 and will have the incentive to complete the double to maintain their position in the top half of the table.

Holt had already played Wisbech last September in the league and had narrowly lost 10-7. Wisbech made the early running despite giving away a scrum at the start and made progress into Holt's half, but after five minutes Robson was quickly onto an interception to race three-quarters the length of the pitch to score under the posts.

The conversion was a formality for Jones to give his side a 7-0 lead.

Wisbech were stung Wisbech into an immediate response and they were off target with two penalties before squeezing in at the corner to score an unconverted try after a quarter of an hour.

Wisbech were dictating

play and took a 10-7 lead after 25 minutes with another unconverted try.

Holt, on a brief visit into their opponent's half, were rewarded with a penalty which Jones kicked to level the scores at 10-10.

Both sides were reduced to 14 men with players being sin binned for a fracas.

The second half again had the home side dictating play and Holt had a let-off when a certain try was disallowed through a knock-on.

This did not deter Wisbech, who after 12 minutes swept through for an unconverted try to put them back into the driving seat at 15-10.

Holt were still in the game but were unable to keep possession and through this conceded another try five minutes later to put them further behind at 20-10.

Holt appeared to lose the plot and despite a brief counter-attack, proceeded to leak tries at an alarming rate with Wisbech scoring three more with two converted to put them well ahead by 39-10 in the space of 16 minutes.

With time running out, Holt finally came out and attacked the Wisbech line and were rewarded when Girling touched down following a

good driving scrum over the goal line. And with Jones converting, the deficit had been reduced to 39-17.

This was with two minutes remaining and with Wisbech becoming rattled and losing two of their players to the sin bin, Holt again attacked.

In the last moments they were rewarded with a penalty try, which Jones converted to make the final score 39-24, which was far better than had been forecast minutes earlier, especially as Wisbech had only converted two of their tries.


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