3rd XV v Saffron Walden 2nd XV
3rd XV win 88-17
Cambridge 3rd XV 88- 17 Saffron Walden 2nd XV
Our 2nd home game of the season and another changing room location, this time thank you to Pembroke College for use of their sports pavilion. With the 1st XV away at Plymouth and the 2nds resting after the entertaining draw in the Town vs Gown game we were on the ‘big pitch’ again. I am pretty sure it’s not bigger than pitch 4 or 5 but it just seems so.
Saffron Walden were the visitors on an overcast windy day that turned to rain by the end of the match, Guy Mulley took charge with the whistle and as always our thanks to CUDRRS for their support.
Saffron Walden kicked off and we failed to deal with the kick off well, Julian coming forward at pace but seeing the ball bounce off his chest. This gave Walden great field position and using strong runners close in to breakdown despite good tackling they made ground and having got the ball close to the line they were able to force it over.
5 min 0-5 the conversion was missed
That kick in the pants woke Cambridge up, pressure from Dan and Alex saw the final pass get dropped in the Walden 22. However we got our height and angles right and turned them over at the resulting scrum. Sam Collicott took off on a run at the centre of the defensive line which expecting a pass parted to see him score under the posts.
9 min 7-5 Ben converting the try.
On 12 min, good defense saw the bal, turned over and good support play saw George Ignarski go over, Ben again converting.
At the 15min mark, a great break and run from Alex Eames saw him score under the posts, Ben again with the honours.
Walden were unable to clear their lines and from a clearing kick Callum sold a great dummy to make ground into the 22 on the left hand side and then drew the defender and fed Bron who scored in the left corner. Ben converted from out wide.
On 26 min Dan Clifton run saw him bundled into touch just short of the try line, however the Walden lineout went awry and Bernie had the easiest of jobs to catch the ball and score. Ben Just missed with the conversion
A scrum in midfield saw Bernie pick up from the back and good hands saw Chrissy get round the def nose on the right and score under the posts, Ben converting.
Five minutes later another turnover saw good hands across the line with Dan feeding Josh Gray, who had come on with Sam Collicott damaging a rib, scoring. Ben converted.
Right on halftime saw Matt Jones take the kick off and feed George who made a stonking rum up the middle of the pitch to feed Callum who scored. Ben missed with the conversion.
Five minutes into the second half, food hands saw Alex being put away for his 2nd try, Ben converted.
On 9 minutes on of the best pieces of play saw defense turned into attack when Callum fed Bernie who charged away down the right and then fed Callum back in support to score, Ben converted
This time driven list of scores suggest it was all one way, which would be unfair to Walden as they tackled their hearts out all day and were often in our 22. On 15 minutes after a period of Walden pressure we tried to play it out of our 22 but dropped the ball, allowing Walden to attack from close in and as in the first half they made no mistake scoring under the posts with the conversion successful.
Our next score came from good work between Josh and Bron, with Bron nearly going over in the corner. However form a scrum close in on the left hand side, Damon Cameron-White scooped up the ball to plunge over in the corner. Ben missed the conversion
On 25 min, a scrum in the Walden half saw George pick up and feed Chrissy, now at 9, and he scored again. Ben was unsuccessful with the kick.
On 31 min a line out steal on the right saw Ewan Kingdon make a great break to feed Ben Peach who scored and converted
Walden pressure then saw an injury to Callum from making a great tackle on a strong runner, dislocating his shoulder. Walden continued to pressure and went over gain from close in though the conversion was missed.
Our final score went to Chrissy for his hat trick, though it is unclear if he bought a jug post game. Ben must have missed the conversion. I’ve no detail of the play as we were dealing with Callum.
Final score 88-12
Post game thoughts; firstly Callum went to Addenbrookes and had his shoulder popped in with the help of drugs and is home recuperating, we wish him well in his rehab and back playing after Christmas.
A good performance, 14 tries scored and line speed in defense and the tackling was good all day. The scrum settled down and exerted pressure and with Jed back for the weekend we saw good lineout ball. Not surprisingly we saw a bit of white line fever and opportunities butchered when straighter lines and earlier passes would have seen more scores. In different circumstances those chances could be crucial. However that’s not to say we didn’t see some great running lines and good support.
This weekend sees us at the top of the table but tough games coming with Renegades and Shelford on the horizon.