Cambridge U14 on Top over Huntingdon 37 v 7
Cambridge U14s Take Cup Victory over Huntingdon
Huntingdon RUFC vs Cambridge RUFC: 7 - 37
(Ben Miller - 2 and 1 conversion, James Campos Bell, Keon Silvester-2, Oscar Coppins, Harry Hall)
Sunday 21st January 2018
A cold, wet December and a worse January have meant the cancellation of a few games. The boys had been working hard in the last few weeks and were looking forward to playing Huntingdon.
A light drizzle turning to sleet and then snow welcomed us onto the pitch. We kept the boys running and moving to keep them warm, but the referee had different ideas and the match soon turned into a scrum fest. Cambridge started well, with Alex Barker proving a superbly dependable hooker. In a closely fought first quarter, Cambridge scored first. Harry Hall's kick behind the defence was charged down by Ben Miller, who collected an icy bouncing ball to score in the corner. A well determined Huntingdon fought hard, and frozen hands plus the icy ball meant that there were several knock-ons; so for most of the second quarter, with the snow driving horizontally, the teams enjoyed a referee masterclass on the finer points of setting and resetting the scrum. Approaching the end of the half, a hard run by Pierre broke through the Stags' defence; it took three players to stop his advance, but they couldn't stop James Campos Bell's support run and he scored the second try for Cambridge, closing the half on a well deserved lead.
The second half saw Cambridge keeping up their concentration. Keon Sylvester collected the ball at the Cambridge 22 and ran the length of the pitch, scoring a try in the corner - but not before fending off two or three opponents who had tried to stop his advance. After suffering the Huntingdon pack in the central part of the game, Cambridge took complete control of the scrum, giving a solid platform for Oscar Coppins to collect from the base of the scrum and drive over the try line. Harry Singleton collected a long kick from Huntingdon and, cutting through the centre of the pitch, made it all the way through the posts, only to be held up by a superb tackle by the Huntingdon defender who'd managed to stay with him during the run. But after a 5 metre scrum, Ben Miller was able to score a try and convert it. With the snow intensifying and the pitch freezing rapidly, we were fast approaching the end of the match, but Cambridge managed to score two more tries: the first with Keon and the second thanks to a superb straight run by Oscar Coppins who wreaked havoc on the defence and drew two defenders, then popped the ball to James Campos Bell, who was running hard on the inside shoulder. James drew a few more defenders before passing the ball wider to Harry Hall, who finally scored the much deserved try.
All in all, a good performance in very hard conditions against a very good team. Next Week we face Peterborough and will have Wednesday to work more on team runs, breakdown and body positions. A big thank you to Huntingdon for their warm welcome and to both teams for playing a hard game in the right sporting spirit.