Cambridge demolish Loughborough

30 October 2008

Cambridge Rugby Leaguers continued their unbeaten start to the season in stunning fashion; overcoming a Loughborough side for the first time in 10 years.

Comprehensively outplayed from start to finish, the visitors were no match for the attacking dynamism and resolute defending of the Blues.

The Green Lions got off to the perfect start as the ever-threatening Rob Cox rounded off an excellent team move under the posts. That proved only to be the start.

Captain Matt Bray at prop forward terrorised Loughborough in attack and defence and was rewarded midway through the half with a score of his own; hooker George Sykes made no mistake with the kick.

Sykes then scored a try himself on the stroke of half-time as the hosts went in on a high with a 16-0 lead.

Loughborough continued to struggle after the break as the Blues’ forwards forced the visitors into several handling errors.

An early penalty was followed by Bray’s second try, evading five challenges to finish off the best score of the game.

Sykes rejoined the party with two late tries to complete a thorough demolition of Loughborough’s third team and bag himself a hat-trick in the process.

Cambridge coach John Evans’ grin could be seen lighting the dim Cambridge evening sky as far away as Loughborough after his team’s best performance of the season.

Loughborough captain Danny Ashcroft bemoaned his side’s inability to break down the Cambridge defence and congratulated the home side on a “thorough demolition” of his team. Like all losing captains, he could not help but also leave with a parting shot at the official.

Star Man: Matt Bray for terrorising Loughborough from beginning to end.