3rdXV win 71-10 at Renegades
Renegades. Big match...
Your usual correspondent was on his way to North Norfolk so Dick Wallin has dusted off his notebook and produced this great report, what a game to miss! Renegades won the league last year beating us handily home and away.
So to the game.
Welcome to Luke the physio, and fantastic support from all levels of the club - old farts from the Vanguards in the 90’s, visitors from the colonies and youngsters that have been unable to play so far this season over 30 on the touch line.
Very windy, starting sunny but getting colder, wetter and windier, this didn’t stop the game from being a cracker. As one spectator said towards the end, “It’s like watching proper rugby isn’t it?”
From the kick off Cambridge fumbled so early possession to Renegades, lead to a penalty. 3-0.
Lewis having had a curry on Friday night, left the field as he had shat himself - despite being described as a blood injury due to piles, it still counted as one of our eight changes, plus another when he returned after the clean up!
Cambridge gave away a lot of penalties, for in at the side, offside, crossing which limited our go forward, but eventually we worked out way to the red zone and after good work from Matt Jones lead to a George try 3-5. The difficult conversion from Adam went over so 3-7.
Burnie picked up from the back of the scrum and this time ran wide from our 10 to score under the post... Adam conversion 3-14.
Darren bollocked the team for the next tap penalty in our 22 - until it resulted in a try under the posts for Adam which he converted 3-21. Darren continued to claim it was the wrong thing to do...
Josh took a penalty into the corner after a great Jim tackle. Line out stolen, three phases and Josh scored, Adam converted 3-28.
Yet another knock on from the kick off resulted in Renegade pressure. Good defence near the line couldn’t prevent the try being scored out wide. Another great conversion from the Renegade 10 means 10-28.
A great break from Etienne but Alex crossed as Jim looked likely to score.
Josh pushed a penalty into the 22, Front peel from the line out took Burnie over again. Adam missed the difficult conversion. 10-33.
Fantastic handling from the kick off actually caught by Burnie, lead through two phases to Julian who caught the pop pass from Matt Jones to tear through under the posts from 30 meters. Adam’s conversion made it 10-40.
Great counter from our 22 on the stroke of halftime meant that Adam scored under the posts and his conversion made it 10-47
From the kick off Renegades worked their way down to our 22 but Damon stole ball on the ground and we swept to their 22 in two phases before Renegades cleared the line.
Cambridge gradually worked their way back to their 22, and after great defence from a scrum pick up by ex Cambridge player Tom Powell, he was flattened by Damon, turned over and Alex scored. Adam’s conversion made it 10-54.
Injury to the Renegades prop was the first work Luke had on the pitch. Looked like dislocated shoulder.
After some broken play an astonishing pass from Josh took out three defenders and straight to Etienne who ran 70 metres to score under posts. Adam converted fro 10-61
Good runs from Bronnick, James and Isa but didn’t result in scores and Renegades cleared their lines.
Great hands from Alex resulted in Etienne’s second try. 10-66. Adam’s difficult kick bounced off the post...
Persistent attacks lead to Bronnick picking up a loose ball and strong straight running scored a try. 10-71
A swinging arm from the Corringham 7 saw a yellow card and they had to play with 14 for the final minute of the game.
Overall, the best display of the season from a team which has showed such promise. Running rugby, structures play and a little luck meant that a good Renegades team were soundly beaten!