Cambridge U14 - 0 v Bishops Stortford - 27
Cambridge U14 fall to a strong side from Bishops Stortford
On Remembrance Sunday, Cambridge hosted Bishops Stortford. Mini and Youth and the entire club stopped to observe a minute’s silence at 11.00am and remember the fallen during a simple but poignant ceremony.
We were looking forward to hosting Bishops as we have always enjoyed playing competitive matches over the years and we have a friendly yet competitive relationship with their coaching staff. So, a sunny Sunday morning on a windswept first team pitch saw Cambridge starting off against the wind, with a Bishops fielding a very strong side keen to put right the score line from last year’s end-of-the season match.
A well drilled and organised Bishops team immediately tested our boys and it wasn’t long before their pressure was rewarded with a converted try. Cambridge had a good restart but, again, it was one of those days when the usually reliable passing lacked, and the tackling was far from aggressive. The team struggled to keep the shape and implement the flowing organised rugby that we have been developing week after week, since the beginning of the year. A number of unlucky bounces and missed tackles meant that Bishops Stortford was able to add three more tries and close the first half with a comfortable lead.
The second half saw Cambridge playing with the wind and there is no doubt that the boys worked very hard and were unlucky not to finish some good plays to at least score a try to reward their work rate. However, Bishops was able to contain the attacks and save the score on a couple of occasions, even managing to sneak in a try in the final part of the game.
All in all, not the best of days for the boys, but not the end of the world: there are days when a team doesn’t play as well as it can and the opponents play very well. So, well done to Bishops Stortford and the way they played. Let’s look at the positives: work rate and commitment on top, the scrum was also very good and more than matched Bishops’, and there were some great carries from our forwards and several flashes of talent. That said, we have to be sharper at the breakdown and improve on the tackling to name just a couple of areas to work on. So, no dramas but plenty of work to get on with.