Colts lose to Woodbridge in a game of two halves
Strong second half display from Cambridge not enough to earn elusive first win of the season
Cambridge's second half performance gave hope to the coaching team and suggests that the work being done at training is starting to pay off.
In a fixture that had two distinctive periods of play it was the home side that showed real character and courage to haul themselves back into contention with a storming second half display. Woodbridge made an impressive start, showing no signs of the long road trip to Volac Park. The Cambridge defence found itself under pressure and also discovered the referee was not in any mood to put up with persistent offending. The visitors played a solid, if one dimensional style of rugby, but got there reward with 5 first half tries, 3 of which were converted.
The second half was a completely different story though. Cambridge really stepped up and finally started to look like a side that had every chance of making a unexpected comeback. 3 tries to nil and some exciting goal line defence brought the scoreline closer of gave the home crowd hope of a dramatic finish. Even with 3 yellow cards in the second half Woodbridge had just enough left in the tank to close out the game. Cambridge scored the try and of the match though with a fantastic passage of play that involved multiple phases with ball in hand then a sprint to the line and beautiful offload from Tommy Compton straight into the hands of the supporting Jake Herrington who slid over in the corner.
There were some notable performances from Angus Few-Martin, Gareth Edwards and Ted Watts, the latter making a number of vital tackles to deny the visitors in the second half. Half back Ollie Maynard was typical lively and got over for a score after some good work from the pack.
Despite suffering another loss, Cambridge showed some excellent spirit in the second half. Many teams would have rolled over and given up after going 31 points down. Credit to them for fighting back. As frustrating as the early results have been the progress is there to see and the coaching team were more than pleased with long periods of the second half. Cambridge play an exciting brand of rugby, they just need to piece together a complete 70 minute performance and the rewards will come.
Next week the team is on the road. A long trip to West Norfolk beckons. Cambridge send their best wishes to the injured Woodbridge player and hope he has a speedy recovery. Special thanks to Marina Hughes and Jessica Watts who were on hand to help with the first aid.