Cambridge RUFC 39 v 7 Shelford RUFC
Cambridge Try Scorers: Olly Bradbury x 3, Patrick Holgado, Sam Hurd, Fin Creighton, Marcus Gaiser-Porter
Cambridge Conversions: Fin Creighton x1, Sam Hurd x 1
Shelford Try Scorers: Sam Hurd
Shelford Conversions: Marcus Gaiser-Porter
On what appeared to be a bright sunny morning the spectators soon felt the chill with a biting wind reducing the temperature to freezing point with snow heading our way. Cambridge U13's, captained by Marcus Gaiser-Porter, chose to play with the wind in their favour and, after some good early exchanges of possession, the Cambridge Pack provided some excellent quick ruck ball for the backs to show off their moves. The first try (5 mins) was scored in the left corner by Olly Bradbury after a turnover in our own 22, George Marlin took ownership of the ball and charged half the length of the field to put the supporting Bradbury free to gallop into the corner. Bradbury scored 3 minutes later after some great handling from the backs and were 3 tries up after only 12 minutes, courtesy of Olly Bradbury's third try, all in the left hand corner. The conversions were all missed due the the distance from the posts, all were on target! Patrick Holgado added another after 15 minutes of play with his direct charge through 4 or 5 Shelford tackles and a minute later Sam Hurd ran in a try under the posts for an easy conversion by Fin Creighton. After 18 minutes Fin Creighton scored a good supporting try in the right corner and Sam Hurd stepped up to convert brilliantly from wide. 34-0 at half time and Shelford were feeling the strain.
The second half was a different story with a score from each side. Shelford had a couple of injuries and were looking for uncontested scrums having lost their subs to illness but William Young stepped up and pulled on a Shelford shirt and played No.8 for 10 minutes until swapping with skipper Marcus G-P who had just scored for Cambridge before swapping sides. Following another injury to a Shelford player Sam Hurd (instructed at half time not to score any more tries along with George Marlin!) swapped shirts to make a good game of it (and to keep warm!), but he failed to keep to his coaches half time request banning him from scoring any more as he skipped through the Cambridge defence to run in under the posts and Marcus G-P added the conversion.
Cambridge held their nerve and closed Hurd and G-P down quickly to stop them scoring any more and the score remained the same to the end of the match.
Final score Cambridge 39 v 7 Shelford (scored by Cambridge!)