A very aggressive and physical encounter against the host club meant the Cambridge players had to work as a team, ignore the physical intimidation and channel their aggression into playing rugby as a team ...
It is unclear why the Lazio players were so aggressive and physical when playing their English guests, although when their coach Stefano Barba played an English team in 1991 it was at Twickenham in the World Cup pool rounds and he acquitted himself very well up against the experienced pairing of Carling and Guscott in the England centres, despite that Italy came off second best that day losing 36-6 and perhaps the Lazio U16's were determined to avenge that defeat on his behalf
Lazio scored first after several times jumping into tackles and several closed fist handoffs, the conversion fell short, Cambridge then took the game to Lazio, forwards and backs all looking to carry the ball hard and ruck hard against their older and larger opponents, having forced the Lazio team back to their own line and after successive attempts were repelled Humphrey White found the way to cross and touch down, the conversion going just wide, Lazio were now back on the attack but over enthusiasm led to yellow cards and the game was stopped when a red card was awarded for dangerous play
Lazio were generous hosts, the players enjoyed food and refreshments together in the clubhouse after the game and the Lazio club President was fulsome in his praise of the Cambridge team
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Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.