Cambridge ran in ten tries on the afternoon, as they comfortably beat Canterbury by 62-10 at Volac Park, and regained pole position in the league table.
The hosts dominated almost every aspect of the game, and there seemed to be no downheartedness amongst the players following the news that Rowland Winter would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
But, it was Canterbury who took the early lead after what was possibly Cambridge’s only glaring error of the entire contest. A wayward pass was intercepted by the visitors, leaving Cambridge short at the back, and Canterbury opened the scoring.
The lineout was the one area where improvements can be made for Cambridge in an otherwise near-perfect performance, as they lost the ball from their own throw a number of times. But, on this early occasion, the lineout was taken well and formed into a maul, before Matt Meek broke away from the back, handed off the defender and the scores were level again after James Stokes converted.
After this, it was an attacking masterclass from Cambridge, and at times it looked like a training session. I’m not going to mention and describe every try, but, what must be mentioned is that as well as Cambridge played, they will not be allowed so much freedom and space to dictate play on Saturday at Taunton Titans.
I will mention the try scorers for the blood and sand on the afternoon though. Stokes (3), Albert Portsmouth (2), Meek, Alex Moon, Mike Ayrton, Steve Hipwell and Lawrence Hutchinson. David Langley must also be given a mention. He has come into the side at prop for the last few games, and he’s made a real impact. To come into the side for a table-topping clash at OA’s last week, and then pick up the man of the match award here against Canterbury, backs up the faith that Rowland Winter has placed in him. Everyone at the club hopes he has a big future at Volac Park; he has definitely started promisingly.
On the news that Rowland will be moving on at the end of the season, he has this message for supporters and members.
"The support that you all gave the team last week was great, it really spurred the team on, at times it was louder than the support we have at home!
"The pressure is back on OAs and last week’s result has really ignited our promotion campaign. We know that every game is tough, but we have built a culture over the last 3 seasons where we now expect to win each game and last week we showed enough character to not give up until we had achieved that.
"Many of you would of seen the news that I have made the decision to move on at the end of this season and take up a new role at Coventry RFC as Director of Rugby. The decision was not made lightly but I feel that this is a big opportunity to take up a new challenge and progress my career.
"Three years ago I was given the opportunity by the committee to rebuild the playing structure of the club and to develop a professionally minded setup that would get the club in a position to return to National One.
"I am very grateful for that opportunity, and also for the on-going support that I have received from everyone at the club and I am proud of the developments that have been achieved so far.
"Over the coming weeks and months I will do my best to thank you personally for the support you have given me, but I urge you to get behind the club and show the same level of support you gave us last weekend.
"The club is in a great place on and off the pitch, and I am more determined than ever to finish the season with promotion and complete the task I was given."
While we are disappointed to see him go the club are really grateful for everything Rowland has achieved in the last 3 years and we wish him well for the future.
Look out for a full match report soon
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