A strong second half performance from Cambridge was not enough to claw back a a 3 try lead they had given Worthing in the first half.
In greasy conditions, Worthing capitalised on 1st half mistakes from Cambridge to score 3 tries, despite the home forwards having the upper hand. A much tighter second half saw good tries from Albert Portsmouth and James Ayrton, with debutant Charlie Pask adding the extras, but another try from Worthing left Cambridge with too much to do in the last 10 minutes. Second Row Ollie Marriott (left) was Carter Jonas Man of the Match
In a game of one and two thirds, Cambridge survived an almighty encounter with the Cornish All Blacks as Gerhard Boshoff sealed it with the last kick of the game.
After tries from Matt Goode, Matthew Worrall-Clare and Joe Collingham, the home side were sailing at 21-0. But they relaxed and let CABS chip away and at 21-9 the game changed with a red card to Stef Liebenberg. Playing two thirds of the game heroically with 14 men was going to be difficult and the Cornishmen smelt blood. A try either side of half time from CABs levelled the scores and from then on it was a real nail biter. Liam Nichols scored from a smart driving maul off a lineout but the visitors took the lead for the first time with another try and at 26-28 entering the last 10 minutes the home crowd cheered the best but feared the worst. A YC to CABs centre evened up the battle and with Ross Kevan spearheading attacks, it came down to a last penalty kick 30m out almost in front. Ice cool Gerhard Boshoff calmly slotted it and earned himself AgriiUK Man of the Match as Volac Park went wild.
Four tries from Joe Collingham capped another good all round performance from Cambridge as they continue to find their form. Pete Kolakowski and Ross Keven added tries to ensure Southend were always kept at bay after a tight first 20 minutes.CRUFC First XV were accompanied in this extraordinary Sunday fixture by the Development team (2nds) and the U16s, both of whom also beat their Southend counterparts. This marked another important day in the rise of Cambridge rugby. Look out for reports on all the matches in the coming days. The Future's Bright, the Future's Blood and Sand Read the full club report here Read the CEN report here
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