Cambridge U14 come up one try short to Colchester 15-22
Two physical tries in the last few minutes by Cambridge not enough to make up for a loss of focus that allowed Colchester two tries in the second half.
Cambridge had a good strong warm up and was ready to take the pitch at 11:00. Unfortunately, the wet pitches led to a long delay in search of a pitch to play on with the U14s ultimately playing on a slightly smaller pitch number 6. The delay in the start led to slightly shortened halves that also made it seem we were back in the U12s. However, Cambridge took the pitch with a lot of energy and Pierre scored a great breakaway try in the first few minutes to take the lead. The teams traded possession for the next few minutes with both teams playing extremely physical defense. Colchester put two tries over with some nice ball movement to the outside. The teams went into the half relatively even but it felt that Colchester might have a bit of the momentum. The second half started slow for Cambridge with Colchester putting another one over the line. However, Cambridge fought back and with some very nifty kicks by Harry Hall were able to maintain pressure on Colchester. Two opportunities two score close to the Colchester line were nullified by the referee when Cambridge took the ball too quickly at a penalty rewarding Colchester with the scrum. In the last few minutes Cambridge fought back and moved the ball down close to the Colchester line. Oscar took the ball on the right side and fought through a few tackles to score a diving tackle. Cambridge took the next possession and moved the ball back down to the Colchester side giving Ben Miller the chance to power through for another try. Unfortunately, time ran out and Cambridge ended a very good intense match one try down. Thanks to Colchester for traveling and for a great match.