Away success for 3rd XV at Ipswich
By john Pritchard
3rd XV 60-17 Ipswich Magpies
Match Report April 14th
Ipswich Magpies 17- 60 Cambridge 3rd XV
So this a compiled report as I wasn’t able to attend the game this week so I have relied on the input of coaches, players and supporters.
Having had 3 Colts in the squad last weekend we moved to 4 this week with Gareth Edwards making his adult rugby debut in the back row. The 2nds came calling at the last minute on Saturday morning so we lost Isa and Bronik to them. As Ben Bates had already deservedly stepped up, our back row had a decidedly young look to it with Gareth and George Gadsby packing down with Dex. George Freeman moved to his preferred scrum half position and Archie Swainson moved to outside centre with us welcoming Adam back at 12.
I had cause to look back at my notes from our first game with Ipswich and we’d gone 25-12 up just into the 2nd half but then, if memory serves, on a bit of a pudding of a pitch we couldn’t cope with Ipswich’s physicality and lost 41-32.
The notes and comments below come from Ben Peterson:
Forwards drove over for one at least
Overall it was a fantastic performance with the perfect blend of youth and experience. In the back row you had Gareth Edwards and George Gadsby being marshalled by the ever present Dave Dexter. The two colts displaying great energy and aggression throughout the full 80 minutes. Gadsby making numerous tackles including at least two where he held up the attack over our line to prevent tries.
George Freeman moved to 9 this week making a formidable partnership with Stef. The pair controlled the game and dictated the pace perfectly. Before the game Stef said that if the team could string 3 phases together the tries would come and he wasn’t wrong. Cambridge made a fast start and were nearly 30 points up before Ipswich could rally and get a score back. Each time Ipswich looked to their big ball carriers, the Cambridge defence met them on the gain line with interest and some ferocious hits. Dexter and Gadsby leading from the front every time.
The pack had a very impressive display in the set piece and also winning plenty of ball at the line out. This created the perfect platform for the backs to cut loose. Kiwi Adam (Adam Bridgeman) was superb. Hard running, taking the ball to the line and releasing players around him as well as making numerous line breaks himself. Chris was his usual robust, hard running self. Unstoppable at times, always making ground and finishing a number of tries in his own unique style. As the old saying goes, you can’t defend against pace, and if you add that to brute force and never say die attitude and it makes for exciting rugby.
A comprehensive victory. A great advert for everything that is good about Cambridge rugby. Great team spirit, great energy, intensity and a well thought out game plan.
The man of the match award went to George Gadsby for his immense performance over the 80 mins. Big hits, relentless in defence. Line breaks and support running, a turn of pace and turnovers to boot. Can’t think where he gets it from.
So a great performance, talking to Darren Sunday morning this one was up there with the game at Cottenham, the whole squad dealt with the physicality of the Ipswich side and played with an intensity that Stef thought was outstanding, those who played heard his words in the post-game huddle and he’s not one to dish that sort of praise out if its not deserved!
Well done all and an enjoyable trip home judging by the video, posted on Twitter, and picture Ivan shared with me. Our thanks to the club and Greys of Ely!