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An absolute try-fest entertained the crowd at Volac Park as Cambridge scored ten to beat Barnes by 62-15.
In the first half an hour or so, the contest wasn’t as one sided as the final score line suggests it may have been.
Cambridge did get the first score on the board, and the first of their ten tries on the day through Mike Ayrton, who jinked past a couple of defenders on the left wing before touching down.
Barnes responded well though, and posed a few questions to the Cambridge defence. They got off the mark through a Tom O’Toole penalty, before Jack Franklin broke a tackle and crossed the whitewash to give them an early advantage at 5-8.
With the home crowd somewhat stunned into silence, Cambridge began to turn on the style and regained the advantage after an excellent mauling try from a lineout, which Ollie Walker finished off, and when Lawrence Hutchinson scored another just minutes later after a nice inside offload from James Stokes, the Volac Park faithful were back in good voice.
Barnes did reply again with a score from Ciaran Smyth, but Cambridge were looking ready to take control of the contest.
The catalyst that begun Cambridge’s supremacy for the remainder of the game was arguably the yellow card for Barnes’ James Greenwood. He was sin-binned just before the break, and by the time he returned to the pitch, the contest was all but over. In those ten minutes, Cambridge had scored four, converting three of them in a dazzling period of attacking rugby. Continue reading ...
After many years of outstanding service, second only to Alan Banks, our heating boiler has packed up.
We expect to replace it at the end of November but in the meantime please dress warm when visiting Volac Park, especially if winter finally arrives.
Cambridge played out a frustrating draw against Old Elthamians which saw them toppled from the top of the table. In the first ten minutes of the game, Cambridge displayed just why they came into the game as league leaders, with two excellent tries to give them a 0-14 lead.
The first was scored by Lawrence Hutchinson after a nice inside pass opened up the space for him to touch down.
The second, by Ben Adams, after the Cambridge pack turned over an OE’s scrum on their own five, the ball bobbled out and Adams reacted first to pick up and touch down virtually unopposed.
The next phase appeared to change the flow of the match. James Stokes seemed to finish off what was a fine Cambridge move across to the left wing, by sliding in to touch down in the corner, but, the action was deemed to be two movements and the try was disallowed.
Penalties started to creep into Cambridge’s game from here, and by halftime, the hosts had managed to get two penalties and six points on to the scoreboard without even getting into Cambridge’s 22. Halftime, 6-14.
The second half continued as the first had ended; a tight and scrappy affair. This was arguably due to the poor weather and the ball spent a lot of time in the air, and this played into the hosts hands as conditions were not suiting Cambridge’s usual attacking style of rugby.
Cambridge continued to concede penalties though, and Tom White added three points, but could have had six more (one hit the post and rebounded out, and the second went narrowly wide).
Cambridge were then reduced to 14 men for a high tackle and had a battle on their hands to escape with the victory. Continue reading ...
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