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Cambridge University Blues 12 Welsh Academicals 36

Grange Road, Cambridge, Saturday 11th October 2014.

 

Report courtesy of Cambridge University and Vance Broad Photography.

The Blues squad will be disappointed to have been beaten by an ambitious and streetwise Welsh Academicals team on Saturday afternoon. The match commenced with the Welsh gaining early momentum. After some clever interplay from the outside backs down the lefthand side, the Welsh went over in the corner (0 -5). The Welsh were then pinned back in their own 22 with Thomas kicking for field position. This resulted in a strong Blues rolling maul and what seemed like a certain try, only to be knocked with the line in sight. The Welsh showed their ambition, winning a penalty from the resulting scrum and opting to tap and go from their own line, which proved to be a consistent feature of their game throughout. The Welsh again made a break from deep, keeping the ball alive with several offloads and finally scoring in the same corner as their first try. The Welsh hooker decided to step up for the conversion but failed to connect with the ball as he might have hoped, leaving the score 0 -10.



            Once again, the Blues were straight back into action, putting the Welsh under pressure and seemingly building momentum. There were a couple of strong carries from lock Charlie O’Sullivan and number eight Daniel Dass, both of whom were lively throughout the game. Unfortunately, a careless turnover on halfway resulted in a third breakaway try for the Welsh and a much more straightforward conversion than the earlier two (0 – 17). The Blues could easily have lost heart at this stage but deserve credit for sticking to their task. Their rolling maul was a real weapon and on several occasions put the Welsh under trouble. After a period of successive phases, the Blues worked their way into the Welsh 22 and a lovely grubber kick by outhalf Thomas allowed wing Andy Rees to avoid the Welsh defense and touch down in the corner (17-5). Having received the kick off, the Blues were straight back at the Welsh with eye-catching runs by both Mortimer and Van Ryneveld. The first half concluded with another fine territorial kick from Thomas pinning the Welsh back into their 22, only for the referee to call time.



            Having worked their way back into the match, the second half began disappointingly as the Blues again handed the initiative to the Welsh. An early score following some poor tackling by the Blues allowed the Welsh to stretch their lead to 24-5. The Blues were then faced with an uphill task, but nevertheless came back at the Welsh and began to exert further pressure. Successive rolling mauls threatened the Welsh line, eventually resulting in a yellow card and a try for the Blues, with openside flanker Matt Hall emerging with the ball. Thomas was successful with the conversion (24-12). The Blues seemed to be gaining momentum at this stage, winning the kicking battle and with Henry Rose prominent at the breakdown. They were looking for a score to put them back in touching distance with the Welsh, and at one stage had a four man overlap on the right hand side with the line beckoning, only for the pass to fail to go to hand. The Welsh resisted, and another careless turnover just over the halfway line allowed them to break quickly and use the pace of their outside back to score in the corner (31-12). This effectively killed the contest, although there was just enough time for the Welsh to go over for a final score having used the width of the pitch to stretch the Blues defense (36-12).



            Earlier in the morning, the LXs club emerged winners in a closely fought in-house encounter with an U21 XV (20 -10). It was fantastic to see so many players willing to compete for selection and has provided the LXs and U21s coaches with plenty to think about as the season gains momentum. Many thanks to the Welsh Academicals for making the journey to Cambridge. This was an enjoyable match and an important fixture between two amateur clubs. The Blues will take a lot from this game as they continue their preparations for the Varsity match. Final word of thanks also goes to the match sponsor, CDMt Ltd., for supporting the game and making the long journey from Wales to be with us in person.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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