U15 Eastern Counties Cup Winners
Last Sunday was Eastern Counties Cup Finals day for youth teams, when the winners of Cambs, Suffolk and Norfolk County competitions played each other in 3-way ties.....
The U15s travelled to Wymondham to play against the hosts and Bury St Edmunds. They beat Bury 24-7 then Wymondham 12-0 to take the title. Well done lads. Full Report Here
The U16s hosted Wymondham and Colchester for their finals and in close games lost 7-10 to Wymondham then 5-15 to Colchester, who had beaten Wymondham and won the title.
On an adjacent pitch the U13s won the EC Plate Final vs Sudbury, beating them convincingly 50-0. Full Report here
The previous Sunday saw the Minis compete in the County Cup Festivals. The highlight was the U10s comign runners-up to Wendens Ambo at Shelford. Read a summary report here. And lastly, the U11s came a close runners-up at the Wendens Ambo Festival on Sunday.
The future's bright - the future's Blood and Sand
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.
Remember this is YOUR Club and Together We Are Blood And Sand.
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.
Craig will be leaving Volac Park at the end of the season to take up a full-time forwards coaching role at leading Japan club side NEC Green Rockets.
In just over two seasons at Grantchester Road, Craig has been an influential part of the coaching team that has seen the playing side rebuilt and developed into one of the in form teams of National Two South.
Rowland recognises Craig's impact at the club and his development as a coach since arrival in February 2013, "We are delighted for Craig, he began his coaching career at Cambridge and the experience has developed him into a talented coach. He will now thrive in a full time environment.”
"He has worked hard and put in a lot of time and effort to help turn the 1st XV around, and we are very grateful for the part he has played in taking the team to where they are now. It again demonstrates how Cambridge Rugby Club provides a great platform for players and coaches to develop and progress like this to higher levels.”
“We will now be looking to recruit a forwards coach to join our exciting set up who can help develop the 1st XV to the next level.”
Read the Cambridge News article here
Cambridge made the long trip worthwhile by bringing back 5 points. We expected a close encounter but in the end inflicted the All Black's heaviest defeat of the season.
Cambridge got off to a flying start after a Joe Collingham interception enabled a Albert Portsmouth try after just 2 minutes. This was followed just 10 minutes later with a try for Collingham himself. At 21 minutes a quick thinking Stef Liebenberg made it three, all converted by Ben Penfold for a 0 - 21 lead.
It wasn't until the Blood and Sand were reduced to 13 men after yellow cards for James Palmer and Steve Hipwell that the All Blacks were able ot breach our defenses making the half time score 7- 21.
Once back to full strength in the second half we extended our lead with a penalty try for the bonus point and never looked back ending then match 7 - 28 to the good.
Meanwhile above us Worthing and Chinnor both won, although the latter without a bonus point and so we close the gap to 6th place to 3 points. Next week's visit to Worthing will pose another test of how far this team has progressed.
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