3rd XV v Haverhill & District
Match report Cambridge 3rd XV vs Haverhill
September 23nd 2017
Final score cambridge 3rd XV 77 Haverhill 5
Today was more about the rugby family than the result in this EC 1 West league game. Both clubs have paid their respects to Thurston and the family and friends of Josh Gilbert who tragically died last Saturday while playing. Today all over Eastern Counties teams were holding a minutes applause before the games and issuing special match sheets. Cambridge and Haverhill had agreed to produce a combined one. However due to a horrible injury list Haverhill were struggling to raise a team on Thursday and were considering pulling out of the fixture. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Dick Wallin, Richard Jones, Seb Howarth, Sam Burrows, Isa Sloot and Lucas Bonin in volunteering to play for Haverhill, they decided to come with the 12 players they had available.
This was an entertaining game, with both sides playing go forward rugby. The entire game was played in great spirit well controlled by Calum Worsley.
Not surprisingly with an opposition that was scratch side of players who hadn’t played together before, it was Cambridge that looked the most cohesive, however they managed to butcher a number of chances before they finally got the scoreboard moving. They then ran in tries regularly by moving the ball well with good support lines.
Despite Cambridge running in 11 tries, all of them well converted by Adam Bridgeman, Haverhill kept competing hard and deservedly earned their try in the second half.
Standout for Cambridge was the MOM performance from Mike Burnford. Damon had another good game. Debutant Etienne Chenel redeemed his dropping of the ball over the line, to score and create more than one try. Chrissy took his 3 tries well and bought his jug! Bronik playing in his first game this season made some strong runs. So overall a good performance.
So finally to the other element of the rugby family today. This was Carl Palmers last game for us as he returns to Australia next week. He’s played for us for he last 18 months and we will miss his hard running and personality; the whole squad wish him safe travels. I’ve never seen so many hats with corks after the game as we presented Carl with a signed shirt.