Cambridge defeated Reading 36-8 last weekend, despite the opposition boasting two representative players and a Scotland Students International.
Reading kicked off, with Cambridge fielding the ball and trucking it up to roughly halfway. From there, David Sparkall caught the Reading markers off-guard, dancing round them to score the opening try of the match, swiftly converted by Craig Winfield. Reading was instantly back in the game, however, as some poor handling from Cambridge led to a turnover. Reading capitalized on some weak defending out wide to score their first.
It was a physical contest thereafter and whilst Reading made some hard yards through tight play, it was the skill and pace of the Cambridge backs which came to the fore, with both Sparkhall and Matthew Holden getting their hat-ricks. Although Reading got one more, it proved to be only a consolation, with Cambridge running out comfortable winners in the end.
Although Cambridge came out with the win, with a week’s gap ahead of the next fixture, there is plenty for the squad and coaches to be working on.