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Cambridge Rugby Shield

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A frustrating afternoon for a below par Cambridge team, saw their winning streak come to an end away against Old Elthamians. 

Cambridge had won six in a row before Old Elthamians narrowly inflicted a 27-26 defeat on them in a last-kick decider.

Cambridge seemed to be off the pace from the start, as they repeatedly lost their discipline at the breakdown, and this lead to Elthamians number ten Tom White, kicking the opening nine points from penalties.

Old Elthamians then showed they can also run the ball, as they managed to touch down following a nice move out to the right and a little chip over the fullback for the opening try of the game, and they had earned an early 16-0 lead.

Old Elthamians were in full control of the contest at this stage, but then a moment of madness from Tom White.  He deliberately knocked-on and earned himself a yellow card, which White verbally disputed.  Almost immediately, the referee put the yellow back in his pocket and pulled out the red one instead for dissent, clearly having heard something he didn’t approve of.

This gave Cambridge the bit of encouragement that they were desperately needing, now knowing they would play almost an hour with an extra man.

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The poll will close on Monday 4th May, with the presentation at the end of season players' dinner on Friday 8th May.

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A first half try-fest proved too much for Clifton, as Cambridge racked up their sixth win in a row, by 46-7.  

The first 20 minutes though, saw both sides trying to adapt to the howling winds blowing across Volac Park.  

But once Cambridge closed up the gaps in the line, some clever offloads, combined with speed and some good lines, saw the deadlock broken.  

After the first try from Matt Goode, the floodgates opened, and Cambridge put on an attacking demonstration for the home crowd.  Read More Here and the Cambridge News report here.

Meanwhile with all teams above us also winning we remain in a solid 6th place in the league.

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Carter Jonas Man of the Match Simon Johnson

 

As we edge nearer to the end of the season our thoughts turn to preparation for the coming season and in particular the clubhouse and grounds. We are very fortunate to have some fantastic facilities here at CRUFC but unless they are maintained they won’t last long without costing the club a substantial amount of money. Money we can ill afford.

The off-season gives us an opportunity to carry out much needed repairs and enhancements and the saying “many hands make light work” stands true – but these many hands need to come from within which is why we are seeking VOLUNTEERS.

Gordon Newbound and his team of helpers have done a fantastic job this season of keeping the club running but maintenance is an ongoing task. The more volunteers we have the easier the task becomes so, if you have a particular skill or are happy to help where you can Gordon would like to hear from you. If you can spare 1-2 hrs a week, month or year then again Gordon would like to hear from you.

Interested? Then please contact Gordon.

Gordon Newbound

Remember this is YOUR Club and Together We Are Blood And Sand.

Worthing Raiders 19-43 CRUFC

For the second week in a row Cambridge travelled away and inflcted the home side's largest defeat of their season as they beat 5th placed Worthing 19-43.

Cambridge are used to starting fast this season but this time it was Worthing quickest out of the blocks taking an early 14-0 lead.  The Cambridge side at the start of this season might have paniced but this side stuck to its game plan and it was Worthing who lost their structure as Cambridge fought back to 14-10 at half time with a try from Steve Hipwell and a penalty by Ben Penfold.

Worthing scored first in the second half taking the score to 19-10, but that would prove to be their last of the match.  Tries followed from Mike Gillick, James Stokes, Jim Wigglesworth, Hipwell's second, and then Wigglesworth again before the final whistle was blown. 

With Chinnor losing we move up to 6th place, just two points behind Worthing.  A top five finish this season is now a real possibility.

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Exiles -:- Canterbury 5

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# Team Pld - - W - - D - - L - - For - - Ag - - Pts
1 Henley Hawks 29 24 1 4 922 535 119
2 Bishops Stortford 29 19 1 9 922 583 107
3 Taunton Titans 29 21 0 8 833 566 105
4 Dorking 29 21 2 6 811 553 103
5 Worthing Raiders 29 18 0 11 769 587 95
6 Cambridge 29 17 0 12 744 632 90
7 Chinnor 29 17 0 12 742 618 88
8 Old Elthamians 29 12 2 15 694 701 70
9 Cornish All Blacks 29 12 2 15 609 564 65
10 Redruth 29 12 1 16 558 671 62
11 Canterbury 29 10 2 17 594 725 58
12 Southend 29 12 0 17 625 765 55
13 Clifton 29 10 1 18 630 799 55
14 Lydney 29 10 1 18 513 844 51
15 Shelford 29 7 0 22 555 912 34
16 Dings Crusaders 29 3 1 25 505 971 22

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CRUFC v Clifton
28 March 2015