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Cambridge Rugby Shield

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05
Feb 13

St Neots 7 - 79 CRUFC U15s

County Cup Semi-final

Try Scorers: Owain Collard (x2), Jon Cottrell-Mason, Jack Sutton (x2), Jackson Dennis (x2), Freddie McKibbin (x3), Rob Marmion, Ed Quare (x2)

Conversions : Hugh Barker (x3), Harvey Jacklin (x4)

Cambridge U15s won their way to the Cambridgeshire Cup Final in fine style.  In a stiff wind, Cambridge blew away St Neots U15s with 3 tries in the first three plays, sweeping from their own 22 to the try line. Despite spirited defence and tackling from the home side, the rucking and support play from Cambridge was the best we have seen this season and they ran out winners 12 tries to 1.

First half

The opening phases saw Cambridge quickly assert themselves at breakdowns and with eager backs keen to exploit the possession the St Neots was under intense pressure.  Jackson went close and rapid support at the resulting ruck allowed a switch of play and Freddie opened the scoring, 5:0.  Hugh unluckily hit the post.  The next play resulted in another try from Owain, 10:0, this time Hugh unluckily hit the crossbar.   Great interplay after the restart between Owain, Jackson and Sam saw Owain touch down, 15:0, not converted.

Jack came on for Owain (injured) at outside centre with no change in pressure, Ed scored 20:0 , not converted in the difficult gusty wind.  Jackson made it 25:0 and Jack 30:0 by 20 minutes. Cambridge props were swapped with Dan and Lewis coming on.  St Neots were not rolling over though and mounted a spirited counter attack that saw them twice nearly touch down.  Harry Jones was on hand to fulfill his role as No1 jackler and stripped the ball to release Freddie who ran the length of the pitch to score, 35:0 converted by Hugh, 37:0.  Just before half time Freddie scored again, 42:0 also converted, by Hugh 44:0 at half time

Second half

Cambridge rotated in Stefan at 2nd row, George at 7, Jake at 11 and Harvey at fullback. “Mr Marmion” as he is reverentially known in these parts issued strict instructions to maintain the pressure. Jonathan opened the scoring 49:0, not converted by Hugh.  Jack scored on the touchline and Harvey stepped up to score a superb conversion, 56:0. On the left wing Jake was putting himself in great positions but found it difficult to complete the moves.  Robert was having a good morning in the captains role and scored a deserved try, 61:0 converted by Harvey 63:0.  Ed Quare scored his second, 68:0, again converted by Harvey 70:0.  

St Neots had put up a spirited defence and must have been exhausted, they were clearly not finished though and mounted one last attack making ground on the right wing and switching to the centre and retaining possession over several phases for a great forwards try, this was converted to finish the game 7:72

Coaches' Comments

Great performances all round. Marcus at hooker and Hugh at 9 and later fly half were very effective and deserved nomination but Man of the Match was Alan Gregory who dominated the lineouts, hit rucks hard and gave his best performance yet in a Blood and Sand shirt.

Bill Lankford

Squad

Hugh Barker, Owain Collard, Tom Cox, Jonathan Cottrell-Mason, Jackson Dennis, Stefan Gaiser-Porter, Josh Ghoorahoo, Alan Gregory, Jake Holman, Harvey Jacklin, Harry Jones, Marcus Lankford, Robert Marmion, Lewis Maude, Freddie McKibben,Will Pallet, Ed Quare, Elliot Roberts, Dan Scott, George Sherwin, Jack Sutton, Sam Wade