21, unlucky number for Cambridge U16s
Fly half comes off the bench to tip balance in favour of Bury
In a first half played at pace, Cambridge failed to finish some exciting attacking moves, made some ill judged decisions and missed the early points by not cleanly finishing three potential tries, fumbled on the line. At half-time honours were even but the lively crowd had been treated to a 10 minute glimpse of a new addition to Bury, a lively fly half with a propensity for kicking.
No individual can win a game alone but in the second half his ability to read the game and shape the attack exploited Cambridge’s gaps and it was from a scrum 10 meters out that he manufactured a try for his distant right winger to put Bury on the board. 7:0.
His efforts lifted the pace and it wasn’t long before the Cambridge wing yielded another Bury try giving the hosts 12 unanswered points. The visitors were not going to go down without a fight and employed similar kicking tactics to lob the ball over the visitor’s defence for Kayde to scramble past the whitewash for 5 points with several defenders in tow. The try and conversion woke Cambridge up with the realisation that they were still in contention at 12:7, but their play continued to be strewn with errors and after a Bury penalty kick missed the posts, the referee decided he had seen enough.
This was definitely one of the games that Cambridge let get away, but credit to the host for providing a lively and competitive game and a lesson from their number 21 in how a bit of flair and a sharp awareness of the game, can take the play to another level.