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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.

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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.

CRUFC 62 - 10 Canterbury MIN SCORE
1 0 - 5 TRY - Aiden Moss 15
2 0 - 7 CON - Tom Best 12
8 Matt Meek - TRY 5 5 - 7
15 James Stokes - CON 6 7 - 7
5 Alex Moon - TRY 17 12 - 7
15 James Stokes - CON 19 14 - 7
22 14 - 10 PEN - Tom Best 12
15 James Stokes - TRY 27 19 - 10
13 Albert Portsmouth - TRY 36 24 - 10
15 James Stokes - CON 37 26 - 10
H/T 26 - 10
11 Mike Ayrton - TRY 43 31 - 10
18 Steve Hipwell - TRY 49 36 - 10
15 James Stokes - TRY 53 41 - 10
14 Lawrence Hutchinson - TRY 60 46 - 10
19 Gerhard Boshoff - CON 61 48 - 10
13 Albert Portsmouth - TRY 66 53 - 10
19 Gerhard Boshoff - CON 67 55 - 10
15 James Stokes - TRY 80 60 - 10
19 Gerhard Boshoff - CON 82 62 - 10
FINAL 62 - 10

Look out for a full match report soon

1st XV Fixtures iCal Match Day Lunches
Sat 13 Feb 14:00 H Worthing Raiders
Sat 20 Feb 14:00 A Clifton
Sat 05 Mar 15:00 H Old Elthamians
Sat 19 Mar 15:00 A Barnes
Sat 02 Apr 15:00 H Cornish All Blacks
Sat 09 Apr 15:00 A Redingensians
2nd XV Fixtures
Sat 20 Feb 15:00 A Clifton 2
Sat 05 Mar 13:00 A Cambridge 2
Development Fixtures
Sat 27 Feb 14:00 A Saffron Walden
3rd XV Fixtures
Sat 13 Feb 14:00 A Mildenhall
Sat 20 Feb 14:00 H Ely 2

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Rugby News Results League Table
Datum Thu., 04. Feb. 2016 Beginn 19:30
Shelford 2 38:29 Cambridge 2

Datum Sat., 30. Jan. 2016 Beginn 14:00
Cambridge 62:10 Canterbury

Datum Sat., 30. Jan. 2016 Beginn 14:00
Cambridge 3 22:17 Cantabrigians 2

# Team Pld - - W - - D - - L - - For - - Ag - - Pts
1 Cambridge 20 17 1 2 636 346 87
2 Old Albanian 21 16 1 4 646 344 85
3 Bishops Stortford 21 15 1 5 585 322 80
4 Taunton Titans 19 15 0 4 599 362 74
5 Redruth 20 14 0 6 463 373 69
6 Old Elthamians 21 11 2 8 479 487 56
7 Barnes 21 9 3 9 496 519 56
8 Clifton 20 9 1 10 536 477 51
9 Worthing Raiders 21 9 1 11 454 466 46
10 Canterbury 20 8 0 12 420 561 41
11 Redingensians 21 7 0 14 456 537 40
12 Bury St Edmunds 21 7 0 14 425 534 39
13 Dorking 20 7 0 13 391 527 39
14 Chinnor 21 6 0 15 457 573 37
15 Southend 20 6 3 11 402 558 36
16 Cornish All Blacks 19 0 1 18 222 681 8

Canterbury
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30 January 2016