Rugby round-up: Eagles fly back to the top perch

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Oundle are back on top of the Midlands East Division Three (South) table.

The Eagles, promoted from Division Four last season, regained pole position with a 28-15 win at Northampton Casuals and now lead the way by four points from Rushden.

A dominant forward display - even when veteran Chris Woodford was sin-binned - paved the way for victory, which was secured with tries from JC Sagoe, Eddie King and Wododford and 13 points from the boot of Craig Tandy.

WISBECH

Wisbech won their first away game of the season - 24-18 at Crusaders in Eastern Counties Division One - in controversial fashion.

With 10 minutes to go and with failing light the referee called the two captains together as he was concerned with player safety and wanted to abandon the game.

Crusaders were leading 18-17 at the time and their captain agreed. However, Wisbech skipper Solomon Prestidge stood his ground asking for more time. The referee agreed to a further five minutes.

And within that time Wisbech nicked victory with a try by Sam Anderson following a burst upfield by De La Rey Veenendaal.

Immediately after Jack Malkin slotted the conversion the referee blew for time, much to the annoyance of the home team.

Earlier tries for Wisbech were scored by Prestidge, James Napier and Nathan Goodale.

Prestidge gave a captains’ performance and Veenendaal showed his class in the backs but it was a great team performance.

The only downside was Kerrie McMullen suffering a nasty cut to his head which required stitches.

SPALDING

Spalding gave a much improved performance but couldn’t quite secure a first win of the season in Midlands Division One.

They lost 31-20 at home to Paviors after having Harry Brown red carded towards the end for scuffling with an opposition player.

Liam Richardson impressed at flanker on his Spalding debut.