CRUFC U12s (Sands) 25 – 0 Shelford Peacocks U12s
A bitterly cold morning welcomed back the Under 12's to Granchester Road on Sunday and their visitors Shelford.
In their first game of the day Cambridge were fast out of the blocks, intent on making amends for a disappointing visit to Bury a few weeks ago. Industrious at the breakdown and adventurous on the ball, inspiration must have been gleaned from the opening day of the Six Nations.
Lively scrum half Ingo Drewry forced his way over the line for Cambridge after a period of sustained pressure. Forwards and backs combined well throughout the first half with Oscar Chivers finishing off a collective effort.
The try of the game came just before half time. Deep in their own half, Cambridge turned over the ball and moved the ball quickly to Oscar Jeanroy who delivered an accurate wide pass that Owen Farrell would've been proud of. Bart Lowden cut a fantastic angle attracting the Shelford midfield and released Max Stubbings to touch down.
HT CRUFC 15 – 0 Shelford
Shelford were a different prospect in the second half and spent a lot of time in the Cambridge half. The home side had to work hard to create an opening and they were inspired by the industrious Tawanda Jiri, James Hazelwood and Oscar Chivers. The game was pretty even until the last few minutes of the half when Tawanda Jiri was rewarded with an excellent brace of tries.
FT CRUFC 25 – 0 Shelford
Scorers: Tawanda Jiri 2, Ingo Drewry, Oscar Chivers, Max Stubbings
Cambridge U12's (Sands) 15 – 5 Shelford U12's A
The second game of the moring for the Sands was much tougher. Shelford had a bigger pack and made this advantage pay early in the first half with an early score.
Cambridge had to dig deep to keep themselves in the game at times. Some excellent defending for both forward sand backs finally resulted in a try for Max Stubbings.
HT CRUFC 5 – 5 Shelford
The second half continued in the same vein, but he longer it went out the stronger the home side became. The Sands showed a great collective spirit. Excellent work in the tight created space out wide for the Cambridge lively backs to work their way up the field. After a concerted effort on the visitors line Oscar Bayley popped up with the ball and crashed over for a score.
Credit to Shelford as they continue to push Cambridge hard in every department. It wasn't until the final minute of the game when Cambridge found some space out wide and it was Bart Lowden who managed to find his way through for the final score. Great effort by both teams.
FT CRUFC 15 – 5 Shelford
Scorers: Max Stubbings, Oscar Bayley, Bart Lowden
CRUFC U12's (Bloods) 25 – 0 Shelford U12's A
HT CRUFC 10 – 0 Shelford
FT CRUFC 20 – 0 Shelford
Scorers Seb Parton, Sam Bywater, Nicky Phelps 2, Josh Hurd
CRUFC U12's (Bloods) 20 – 5 Shelford U12's Peacocks
HT CRUFC 10 – 5 Shelford
FT CRUFC 20 – 5 Shelford
Scorers: George Bowden, Sam Gardner, Archie Hodgson, Jacob Herrington
The score in both of these games didn't reflect the commitment shown by Shelford in these exciting encounters.
Cambridge had to work hard for every point and the visitors came close on several occasions. Cambridge were swift in attack and counter rucked very well. One particularly pleasing aspect of the games was the quality of the handling considering how cold it was.
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