Shelford RFC U10s v Cambridge RUFC U10s
Closely fought matches with some excellent individual play
A very pleasant, sunny morning with no wind and pretty much ideal conditions for playing rugby. Cambridge fielded three teams and Shelford only two. Each Cambridge team played each Shelford team once.
Squad: Bo, Ebrima, Freddy, Jake, Johnnie, Reuben, Sam, Ted, Zach
Shelford got off to a strong start scoring twice early on through individual runs in which we missed several tackles. However, Cambridge responded positively and Johnnie made a determined solo run shaking off several tackles to pull one back and Reuben followed up with an impressive weaving run to make the scores level at half-time. This was a hard, physical match with generally solid tackling and rucking by both teams and there was some very good defensive work by Bo, Reuben and Johnnie in particular. Shelford’s tackling was pretty good but they gave away several free passes when their players were offside - something that our boys are pretty good at avoiding. Shelford again took the lead - we missed tackles again - but Reuben equalised with a superb weaving run and the match finished in a draw. Try scorers: Reuben 2, Johnnie 1
Shelford 3 - Cambridge 3
Our second match followed a very similar pattern as Shelford took the lead straight from the kick-off when we again missed tackles. Our boys fought back and Johnnie made another good run just losing the ball when tackled short of the line. We again failed to make tackles as Shelford ran in their second try. We applied a lot of pressure from the restart and Reuben cleverly intercepted a Shelford pass just a couple of yards out for a simple score. Shelford had quite a tall, strong player who made a run and it took 3 or 4 of our boys to stop him near our line. We won the ball from the ruck and then Reuben ran the whole length of the pitch to equal the scores. Shelford attacked strongly again from the restart but we again won the ball and Ebrima then made a great run from near our line to over the half-way line. Johnnie made a strong run at the beginning of the second half but there was no support and we lost the ball in the ruck. Johnnie was not to be denied and ran again, this time laying off a great pass to Reuben to sneak in for his second. Shelford again came back strongly and it took hard defensive work by our boys to keep them out. Shelford won a scrum near our line and there was nothing we could do to keep them from scoring and the match was drawn. Try scorers: Reuben 3.
Shelford 3 - Cambridge 3
Manuel and Rob’s team
Squad: Alessandro, Austin, Charles, Declan, George, Jack, Oliver, Mateo, Rajmond
The first match was exciting to watch with plenty of action. The two teams were closely matched but Cambridge generally outplayed Shelford though the scoreline doesn’t reflect that. Some of our tackling wasn’t great and we were penalised several times for making high tackles which gave Shelford a lot more possession than they would otherwise have had. The highlight of the match was when we turned over the ball at a ruck right on our line and Austin ran the length of the field to score. Try scorers: Austin, Jack, Oliver, Charles
Shelford 6 - Cambridge 5
There was a lot to like about the Cambridge team’s performance in the second match and we outplayed Shelford in every department. Our tackling was much better, rucking was ok and our rush defence was very effective. We completely closed them down with strong defensive work making it difficult for them to get anywhere near our line and they had no answer to our strong individual runners. Declan impressed in the scrum-half role providing good distribution which contributed directly to several of our tries.Try scorers: Austin 2, Jack 1, George 1, Oliver 2, Mateo 1, Alessandro 1
Shelford 1 - Cambridge 9
Squad: Alex, Bo, Elias, Harry, Jacob, John, Kyle, Lachlan, Michael, Will
Shelford got off to a positive start when one of their girls made a strong run shaking off our tackles to put them in the lead. Cambridge hung in there and Will made a super solo run using the whole width of the pitch looking for a way through the Shelford defence and scored an equaliser in the corner. The play was a bit scrappy but the two sides were closely matched and although we scored 3 more tries Shelford matched us all the way to the finish. Try scorers: Will 2, Jacob, Lachlan
Shelford 4 - Cambridge 4
It all went wrong for Cambridge in the second match which was played late on in the morning and the boys seemed a bit lacking in energy. Shelford powered into an early lead and just kept on scoring racking up 7 tries with no response from Cambridge.
Shelford 7 - Cambridge 0