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Cambridge
Blackheath
Sat 2 Dec 14:00 - RFU National - National 1 Full time

Blackheath come away form Volac Park with the win by 16-27

Blackheath proved too strong defensively for Cambridge

A determined defensive display from Blackheath saw them come away from Volac Park with the victory.

The first half was a tight and tense affair, as both sides exchanged periods of territory and possession. A penalty from Blackheath fly-half Joseph Tarrant was returned minutes later by opposite number Jack Green.

The two sides then shared a try apiece which left the score at 8-10 after half an hour’s play, but the visitors would’ve been the happier side going into the dressing room at halftime as a missed tackle gave them a two-on-one and the space to score to make it 8-17 at the break.
Cambridge were not deterred though, and from the kick-off, enjoyed twenty minutes of domination deep in Blackheath’s territory. However, a familiar tale of previous weeks, with the exception of OA’s, saw them fail to break down a resolute and blitzing defensive line, and three points for a successful penalty was all they managed to earn for their efforts.

From the restart, Blackheath earned themselves a penalty, which Tarrant capably knocked through the posts. Moments later, Joshua Davies broke through the Cambridge line to score, and broke the home side’s spirit along with it.

The Blood and Sand never gave up on the game, but it was the twenty-minute spell that cost them the chance of victory.

Cambridge did cross for a consolation through Rob Conquest in the final seconds of the contest, but it wasn’t enough to earn even a losing bonus point, as the referee blew the final whistle with the score 16-27.

A disappointed Director of Rugby, Ross Stewart said after the game; “The bottom-line is that they executed their opportunities better than we did. They probably had fewer opportunities us, but they came away with points where we didn’t, and if we’re honest, they were more clinical in possession and posed a greater threat in attack than we did, and they deserved the win."

“For us, we’re disappointed. Tactically, the game went pretty well for us, we had enough possession and territory in the right places, but we just didn’t capitalise on the pressure we put on them. We’re not going to beat ourselves up too much, because we’ve competed well, we just didn’t have enough going forward against a very good side who get off the line quickly.”

Next up for Cambridge is a trip down to Esher, who currently sit one place above them in the league table in ninth. Esher narrowly lost to a resurgent Loughborough on Saturday, but have still managed to score 88 points in their last two fixtures, so defence may hold the key for the Blood and Sand if they want to earn a victory.

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Rosslyn Park 23 52
11. Esher 23 52
12. Cambridge 22 51
13. Hull Ionians 23 44
14. Loughborough Students 22 42
15. Old Albanians 23 32
16. Fylde 23 18

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