A hat-trick from Saracens lock Tom Jubb helped Cambridge sign off their season at Volac Park in style.
The win, though, wasn’t a given, as relegated Stourbridge beat the Blood & Sand at their own game in the first half, scoring three tries.Ali and Nathan Bressington stunned the hosts, then Drew Harper’s finish saw Stour 19-12 up at the break.
Jubb opened Cambridge’s account in the ninth minute with rampaging number eight Steve Hipwell adding a second 16 minutes later.
Deseperate defence from both teams kept the score down - Mike Ayrton made two try saving tackles, and Stour forced errors from Hipwell and Jubb as they sought to put Patrick Tapley away.
Three minutes in to the second period, Jubb notched his second under the posts from distance, and added number three eight minutes later after a brilliant break from Elliott Bale, who fed the supporting second row for another long canter to touch down.
Will Lawson put Cambridge further ahead as line – out ball was moved quickly through Danny Hunter’s hands. Lawson fended off two tackles to crash through the middle, leaving Adam White with the simplest of conversions. Stour replied through Jordan Page but Ben Hunter killed the game off, determined to the end as he forced his way over the line to seal the victory.
Full time - 40-26 Half time 12-19
Attendance - 580
Referee - Simon Harding
STAR MAN - TOM JUBB - CAMBRIDGE
Ayrton, Smith, Lawson, Portsmouth, Tapley, Bale, D Hunter; Kent, Taylor, B Hunter, Jubb, Jenkins, McComb, Mayhew, Hipwell
Replacements - Stapleton, Cooper, Watson, Arnold, White
Baker, N Bressington, Jarvis, Barkely, A Bressington, Reakes, White; Sturdy, Wordley, Furniss, Dacres, Hurrell, Garner, Rovira, Harper
Replacements - Hearn, Williams, Page, Hill, Rodley
Tries - Jubb 9, 43, 51, Hipwell 26, Lawson 62, B Hunter 72
Conversions - Bale 37, 44, 52, White 63, 73
Tries - A Bressington 2, N Bressington 5, Harper 40+1, Page 66
Conversions - A Bressington 6, 42, 67
STEVE JACKSON - BBC RADIO CAMBRIDGESHIRE & THE RUGBY PAPER