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Henley pip Cambridge in nine try thriller

PenmanMoMHenley smCambridge and Henley played out an entertaining match in the bright sunshine but bitter NE wind at Volac Park.

Both sides looked to move the ball early on and with the Cambridge scrummage showing early dominance, Jim Wigglesworth finished a 4 on 2 overlap in the Henley 22. After a lucky bounce from a kick charged down the Henley 10 had an easy run in to level. A Wigglesworth penalty took Cambridge back into the lead before an outstanding team try from Cambridge, started deep in their own territory and finished again by Wigglesworth took them further ahead 13-5. A long break while Corey Hircock received careful attention, was followed by a Henley driving maul to make the HT score 13-10. The second half started with a dramatic try after Steve Hipwell committed many Henley defenders and the ball was moved to James Stokes who made a break on halfway and with plenty in support put Tom Whiteley in for his debut try. 20-10  But Henley kept chipping away and scored again to make it 20-17. A harsh YC to Matthew Worrall-Clare gave Henley a penalty in front to level the scores and then they used their man advantage to stretch Cambridge with their prop going over in the corner. Back up to 15 men Cambridge found themselves defending a driving maul and were adjudged to have killed it illegally and a penalty try awarded. But Cambridge were not done and an amazing strong run from Joe Collingham put him under the posts from 40 metres to make it 27-32. There was still time for some chances to snatch victory at the end but Cambridge could not take them and Henley held out

James Penman was the St. Faiths 90/91 Year (all pictured) Man of the Match.

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Squad building for 2015/16

We are pleased to announce that 9 Players have put pen to paper and re-signed for the 2015/16 season.

Stefan Liebenberg, Steve Hipwell, Martin Wolfenden, Ross Kevan, Jack Green, Albert Portsmouth, James Stokes, Matthew Worrall-Clare and Mike Gillick have all committed to another season, with more set to sign next week.

Director of Rugby, Rowland Winter, says "We aim to retain all of our current squad so we can build stability and consistency heading towards next season. We are delighted that these players recognise that the club is moving forward and developing. They are a vital part of our plans to progress and a real statement of intent for the club to build on the strong foundations built over the last two seasons."

The Blood & Sand have also added a few new faces to the current squad over the last month, here is some background on our new additions.

  • Matt Howling - (Back Row) Matt arrived in the UK at Christmas from New Zealand. He is 22 and plays in the back row. Matt has played ITM Cup rugby for North Harbour and represented Tonga U20 at the Junior RWC 2011.
  • Tom Ellis - (Back Row) Tom, 22, has played for Bath Rugby in the A League whilst studying Sports Science at Bath University. He joins, via a short spell playing in America, from Jersey RFC.
  • Jim Wigglesworth - (Fullback/Wing) Jim, 21, joined Cambridge in 2013/14 and after an impressive season including an England Counties call up was snapped up by Bedford. Jim has rejoined on a short term loan deal to pick up extra game time.
  • Tom Whiteley - (Scrum Half) Tom, 19, joins on dual-registration from Saracens. He was part of this season's A League winning side alongside Blood & Sand regular Kennet O'Neill.
  • James Fish - (Hooker) James, 19, joins on dual-registration from Northampton Saints. James is part of the England U20 squad.

Twelve Cambridge Selections for U20s Representation

Proving the future is indeed bright for Blood and Sand, 9 players have been selected to represent Eastern Counties U20s in their upcoming fixture against North Midlands this Sunday.  And 3 of our players are representing Hertfordshire U20s

Congratulations and good luck go to:

  • Jack Pilditch
  • Patrick Marmion
  • Rob Smith
  • Ben Penfold
  • Austin Beckett
  • Ryan Headington
  • Zak Evans
  • Hugo Chambre
  • Kayode Awobowale
    (Eastern Counties)

  • Kennet O'Neill
  • George Elliott
  • Charles Woollard
    (Herfordshire)

The Eastern Counties fixture kicks off at 2.15 at the Davey Field, Shelford.

Special mention should also go out to Luca Williams who has been selected from the Eastern Counties U18s team to represent London & South East U18s at the next level. Luca is now training with our senior squad.

 

1st XV Fixtures Match Day Lunches
Sat 31 Jan 14:15 A Dorking
Sat 07 Feb 14:00 H Chinnor
Sat 14 Feb 15:00 A Lydney
Development Fixtures
Sat 31 Jan 14:00 A Dorking 2
Sat 07 Feb 14:00 H Chinnor II
Wanderers Fixtures
Sat 31 Jan 14:00 A Wellingborough 2
Exiles Fixtures
Sat 31 Jan 14:00 H Shelford 4

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Rugby News Results League Table
Datum Sat., 24. Jan. 2015 Beginn 14:00
Cambridge 27:32 Henley Hawks

Datum Sat., 17. Jan. 2015 Beginn 14:30
Dings Crusaders 0:5 Cambridge

Datum Sat., 17. Jan. 2015 Beginn 14:00
Renegades 14:17 Exiles

# Team Pld - - W - - D - - L - - For - - Ag - - Pts
1 Henley Hawks 20 17 0 3 606 334 81
2 Dorking 19 15 1 3 532 320 73
3 Taunton Titans 20 14 0 6 512 406 68
4 Worthing Raiders 20 12 0 8 542 412 64
5 Bishops Stortford 20 11 0 9 547 419 64
6 Chinnor 20 12 0 8 493 424 60
7 Cambridge 20 10 0 10 458 456 53
8 Old Elthamians 20 9 0 11 498 510 49
9 Clifton 19 9 0 10 479 513 47
10 Cornish All Blacks 20 8 2 10 435 391 46
11 Redruth 20 8 1 11 394 441 45
12 Canterbury 20 7 1 12 406 520 39
13 Southend 19 9 0 10 400 467 36
14 Lydney 19 6 0 13 324 628 29
15 Shelford 20 5 0 15 392 533 24
16 Dings Crusaders 20 3 1 16 364 608 20

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