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Dorking keep Cambridge in their place 

GoodeMoM DorkingA continuation of their improved form was not enough for Cambridge to contain a canny Dorking side who looked good for their 3rd place in the league. However, with the home side playing into the wind in the first half, the crowd thought that a 0-9 deficit could be overcome. It is a while since we wondered where a try may come from at Volac Park, but the two sides negated each other very effectively in the first half, although it took a smart interception by Albert Portsmouth to stop a Dorking 2v1 yielding the first try.   Dorking raised their game at the start of the second half and surprised Cambridge with some pressure and a score under the posts to make it 0-16. It's not unusual for Tom Jones to come off the bench and make an impact and he was in position to finish off a move started by Matt Goode breaking from deep to take it into the Dorking 22. The Boshoff conversion made it 7-16, but two more quick tries took the game away from Cambridge and despite a trademark number 8 pick up from Steve Hipwell and a nicely slotted Boshoff conversion, Cambridge never looked like bridging the gap.

Showing his best form since joining Cambridge, Matt Goode was Money Wise MoM.

Read Jacko's Verdict Here    Read the CEN report Here

M&Y Action last Sunday

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 The U10s (left) won the BSE Festival, winning all 5 of their matches, beating Sudbury in the Final. 

The Bury youth teams visited Volac Park. At U16s Cambridge won 47-10. At U14s Bury won 0-33 and the U13s drew 5-5.

The U15s played Eton Manor and won 38-10.

THe Colts had a disappoint trip to Tring losing 14-29 in a tough battle. 

 

The future's bright - the future's Blood and Sand

 

 

 

Hawks pick off Cambridge prey

ForHawksreport Cambridge couldn't match league-leaders Henley Hawks on Saturday. After a slow start with no-one taking control Henley took the initiative from a penalty kick after 15 minutes and never looked back. The Cambridge defence once again looked strong for 30 mins but could not hold out all match. After 5 tries against them Cambridge did have periods of pressure but could not convert possession into points. Henley are now the only unbeaten team in the league.   Read the CEN report here   Read the Henley view here

Valient Crusaders Bosh'ed by Cambridge

KyleDMoM Dings smA solid, if not spectacular, performance saw a much needed home win at Volac Park for Cambridge, as Dings Crusaders pushed them hard. First half tries from Martin Wolfenden and Steve Hipwell looked to have given Cambridge a good half-time advantage before DIngs scored with the last play of the half to take 14-7 into the dressing room.  In the first rain of the season Dings thought they could spoil the party and pressured Cambridge but the home defence is looking proactive and solid this season. After an exchange of long range penalties, Cambridge survived a 10 minute spell with 13 men as first Pete Kolakowski and Ean Griffiths were yellow carded. With support from the crowd, Cambridge came through this test and Albert Portsmouth added a score to make it 24-10. Dings were not finished a scored with 10 minutes to go, but as the Autumn sun returned Gerhard Boshoff capped a fine kicking performance with a dropped goal to make it 27-17 at the whistle and cast a long shadow over the Dings return to the West Country with no points. 

The front row worked very hard against bigger opposition and Kyle Dufty was deservedly name Carter Jonas MoM.

Read a short report    Read Jacko's Verdict    Read Mark Taylor's CEN report

Peacocks take their chances to maul Blood and Sand

Shelford Kolokowski sm In the late summer sun, the Shelford Peacocks displayed their colours in a much more entertaining encounter than either of last year's affairs. Shelford, looking like a coherent team, took their opportunities better than the still rebuilding Cambridge side with new individuals still bedding in. To the neutral observer, there is not much between these sides, but the extra experience and stability of the home side paid dividends when it came to converting possession into scores.

Shelford opened the scoring with a well worked maul from a lineout, but the visitors used Boshoff penalties to stay in touch as the game developed. A repeat driving maul notched a second score for Shelford and the excellent kicking from home full back Smith, took them into half time 17-6 up. A crucial schoolboy team error of not dealing with the restart, allowed Shelford to enforce the initiative with a try right at the start of the second period. It was always uphill from there for Cambridge and although they enjoyed much more quality possession for the next 30 minutes, they could not convert pressure into scores, apart from their own driving maul which Pete Kolokowski finished off. This match was closer than the final score (32-11) suggests, but Cambridge will need to get clinical and cut out basic errors if they are going to climb up the table.

But this was another winning day for rugby in the city with locals from 8 to 80 enjoying together, a decent standard of match in their community. Remember the return match on 10th January.

Read the CEN report here   Match Gallery Here

1st XV Fixtures Match Day Lunches
Sat 25 Oct 15:00 A Chinnor
Sat 01 Nov 14:00 H Lydney booklunch
Sun 09 Nov 14:30 A Southend
Development Fixtures
Sat 25 Oct 15:00 A Chinnor II
Wed 29 Oct 19:30 A Old Albanian II
Wanderers Fixtures
Sat 08 Nov 14:00 A Leighton Buzzard 2
Exiles Fixtures
Sat 25 Oct 15:00 H Cantabrigians 2

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Rugby News Results League Table
Datum Sat., 18. Oct. 2014 Beginn 15:00
Cambridge 14:28 Dorking

Datum Sat., 18. Oct. 2014 Beginn 15:00
Shelford 4 -:- Exiles

Datum Sat., 18. Oct. 2014 Beginn 15:00
Wanderers 0:86 Towcestrians 2

# Team Pld - - W - - D - - L - - For - - Ag - - Pts
1 Henley Hawks 7 7 0 0 204 93 32
2 Taunton Titans 7 6 0 1 214 168 27
3 Dorking 7 6 0 1 169 92 26
4 Old Elthamians 7 5 0 2 204 199 24
5 Bishops Stortford 7 4 0 3 195 168 23
6 Clifton 7 4 0 3 169 177 20
7 Worthing Raiders 7 3 0 4 170 166 19
8 Chinnor 7 3 0 4 204 168 18
9 Redruth 7 3 0 4 156 146 18
10 Lydney 7 3 0 4 119 222 14
11 Southend 7 2 0 5 186 171 12
12 Shelford 7 3 0 4 159 157 12
13 Cornish All Blacks 7 2 0 5 150 148 12
14 Canterbury 7 2 0 5 151 204 12
15 Cambridge 7 2 0 5 121 195 10
16 Dings Crusaders 7 1 0 6 143 240 6

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