U16s continue their winning ways
Cambridge tip balance in close battle with depleted Woodbridge squad
After a dearth of competitive games and with Volac Park basking in sunshine, an expansive game of running rugby was eagerly anticipated, but that wasn’t quite how it played out. Instead the encounter had all the hallmarks of a first game of the season with a lack of commitment in the tackle, hesitancy in the defensive line and a line of backs looking decidedly uncomfortable in the set plays. Yes, there were moments when Cambridge players remembered there were 14 other players in the vicinity or that running the ball along the line could be more effective than a solo run sideways across the pitch.
Credit to the four Cambridge players loaned to the Woodbridge side who rose to the occasion and slotted into their adopted team providing some entertaining performances. This together with effective high ball kicking and muscular ball carrying from Woodbridge tested the Cambridge defence and it was only poor finishing at crucial moments that left the visitors short on the scoreboard.
In the first half the sides traded tries and at the break the scores were finely balanced at 12:12. After some stern words Cambridge came out of the blocks with a new level of commitment and to the delight of the coaches some of the tries that followed were moves straight from the training pitch. The hosts also discovered that taking the ball into contact at pace took them over the gain line as well as being effective at breaking the defensive tackles and in the second half had added five tries against three conceded in a finely balanced match. The final score was 43:27.
Thanks to the Woodbridge players and parents for making the journey and good luck for the remainder of the season.
Tries: Joe Magrath (2), Seb Scarlett, Ben Sloot, Jake Webster, Zane Slade, Jackson Wood, Michael Vazquez (for Woodbridge)
Conversions: George Paul (3) Jackson Wood