Cinderford United 25 v Cambridge 2's 38
Cambridge 2's dominate in the forest
Cambridge 2's travelled (a very long way!) to Cinderford for this return Zoo League 1 game.
With Cinderford 1's at home to Worthing Raiders, our game was on a pitch in the middle of the forest. Very poor underfoot conditions were likely to make things difficult.
As it turned out, Cambridge 2's dominated for most of the game, with the forwards laying a good platform for themselves and our backs.
Powerful scrummaging, strong forward runs, supported by great handling in the forwards and the backs, led to a 6-24 lead to Cambridge at half time.
We'd managed to deal with some very strange decisions from the man in the middle during the first half, but this was due to become a bigger issue in the second half. Not least when Dan Lewis was yellow carded for allegedly being offside.
A difficult pill to swallow, when the opposition managed to get away with this throughout the game.
Further strange decisions allowed Cinderford to score their first try (converted) to bring it to 13-24.
With the game getting messy (conditions, decisions), we pulled our socks up and scored two more converted tries, taking the score to 13-38 to Cambridge. We'd scored five tries by then, the fourth, cementing our try score bonus point.
For the last 15-20 minutes, decisions went Cinderford's way allowing them to score two more tries (total 3), one of those converted. 25-38.
The final whistle sounded with a score line that somewhat flattered our opposition (no offence Cinderford) and didn't really reflect our overall dominance in every area.
A great effort by everyone. Outstanding performances from Cam, Louis, Joe, Gareth (what a hit on the 9!), Oli.
Final score Cinderford 25 - Cambridge 38.
A five point win, with nothing to the opposition.
Great effort guys.