An absolute try-fest entertained the crowd at Volac Park as Cambridge scored ten to beat Barnes by 62-15.
In the first half an hour or so, the contest wasn’t as one sided as the final score line suggests it may have been.
Cambridge did get the first score on the board, and the first of their ten tries on the day through Mike Ayrton, who jinked past a couple of defenders on the left wing before touching down.
Barnes responded well though, and posed a few questions to the Cambridge defence. They got off the mark through a Tom O’Toole penalty, before Jack Franklin broke a tackle and crossed the whitewash to give them an early advantage at 5-8.
With the home crowd somewhat stunned into silence, Cambridge began to turn on the style and regained the advantage after an excellent mauling try from a lineout, which Ollie Walker finished off, and when Lawrence Hutchinson scored another just minutes later after a nice inside offload from James Stokes, the Volac Park faithful were back in good voice.
Barnes did reply again with a score from Ciaran Smyth, but Cambridge were looking ready to take control of the contest.
The catalyst that begun Cambridge’s supremacy for the remainder of the game was arguably the yellow card for Barnes’ James Greenwood. He was sin-binned just before the break, and by the time he returned to the pitch, the contest was all but over. In those ten minutes, Cambridge had scored four, converting three of them in a dazzling period of attacking rugby.
Cambridge continued to dominate and put three more tries on the board before the whistle, whilst also making sure that Barnes never looked like they would trouble the scorers in the second half.
A good performance from Cambridge, displaying all the flair in their rugby that has put them in such a strong position in the league this season.
But, maybe a tougher test next up than it seems on paper. It’s a long trip down to Launceston, and even though they are still winless this season, they have a new head coach and are showing signs of improvement, with a narrow loss to Bury St. Edmunds by 29-26 and a 19-19 draw against Southend the week before.
Cambridge: Tries: M. Ayrton, Walker, Hutchinson 2, Portsmouth 2, Stokes, J. Ayrton, Baxter, Furbank
Conversions: Stokes 2, Boshoff 4
Barnes: Tries: Franklin, Smyth
Conversions: O’Toole Pens: O’Toole
Report: Dan Wright