Cambridge thrashed Sawston in this League and Cup double-header, scoring tries at will in each half of a thoroughly entertaining encounter. The visitors, having cancelled this fixture twice prior to Saturday's game, might have seen it coming, and could do little to prevent it.
The Exiles scored twelve tries for Christmas and momentarily sat above Renegades at the top of the Greene King League, while some of the Sawston forwards looked as if they had already enjoyed a festive season of their own before the real one gets underway in mid December.
In the second minute Darren Messenger opened the scoring with a try converted by Leo White, and within 10 minutes Tom Hodgson had added another. It was immediately apparent that Sawston had no answer to the pace of the Exiles backs, but they were competitive at the set pieces and managed a try of their own in the 16th minute, Genillard going over after sustained pressure. Fly half Pickering narrowly missed the conversion from near the touch line and within two minutes Cambridge struck again - White crossed the line near the posts and then converted his own try. For the rest of the half the villagers were on the back foot and in the 38th minute Dave Dexter scored in the corner after breaking through three tackles, and on the stroke of half time right wing Dan Clifton intercepted a Sawston pass and ran 80 metres to make the score 34-5.
Cambridge brought on eight replacements after the break, four in the pack and four in the backs, but there was no interruption to the free flowing play and in the 44th minute, Ben Peach, on for Tom Hodgson at outside centre, scored a fine solo try. Sawston briefly stemmed the tide with a try in the 50th minute- Welford crossing near the posts, Pickering converting- but three minutes later veteran loose-head prop Phil Cosnett, another replacement, scored a try from close range converted by White.
Steve Penson, playing his second game for Exiles, scored the try of the day in the 63rd minute after a mazy run that saw him evade three tackles. Sawston were now broken, and in the last 10 minutes conceded four tries. In the 73rd minute the backs completed the move of the day as the ball swept through five pairs of hands and culminated in Peach completing a brace of tries, White converting from under the posts. In the 77th minute full back Tom Wells scored try number 10, converted by White, and in the final minutes of the game Aidan Butler scored a try that White failed to convert. Then the fly half made the final touch down to give himself his second try, and was too exhausted to attempt the conversion, so Peach stepped into the breach and just missed the upright.