Cambridge continue their run of success
U16s make amends for last season's defeat at Newmarket
For the first twenty minutes of the game the Cambridge coaches must have felt they were experiencing a déjà vu from the last cold and rain swept encounter. Newmarket’s forward pack again dominated the play at the breakdown and with effective short passing and running in the centre, they tested the blood and sand’s defences. The visitors response was to try to mirror this strategy but they eventually realised that a series of individual efforts to cloak themselves in glory would be ineffective against a strong Newmarket defence. As if to demonstrate this, all three tries in the first half came from wide Cambridge passing that brought the backs into play and at half time the score favoured the visitors 5:14 with a try from Jackson and a converted try by Richie.
From the second half whistle the game went up a notch and the crowd were treated to a display of talented rugby from both sides. Cambridge had the edge as they found their form from the previous week’s battle with Colchester, moving the ball quickly throughout the hands of both backs and forwards and building up a lead that left Newmarket with an impossible task as time ticked away.
The hosts put up a spirited effort with two book-end tries in the second half, one from an athletic charge-down of a Cambridge clearance kick and the other overcoming a weak defensive effort in the visitor’s corner near the final whistle. However it was the clear communication, speed and accuracy of the visitors passing and excellent ball handling that released individuals with pace to exploit gaps in the defence and tries by Calum, Seb and a hat-trick from Kayde sealed the game for the visitors. Richie gave a a masterclass in conversion kicking from all angles, finishing with an unblemished record of 7 from 7 and the final score was 17:49 to Cambridge.
The Cambridge squad thanked Newmarket for providing a competitive game and a great lunch and wished them luck for the remainder of the season.