Cambridge Rugby League unlucky in friendly against Northampton

Craig Winfield 28 February 2013

Cambridge put on a strong performance against a physical Northampton team and were unlucky to walk away with a 24-24 draw despite commanding most of the game.

Cambridge’s match against Northampton may have been classified as a friendly but with varsity looming and selection still to be decided it was anything but that to the Cambridge players. Varsity is now just a week away and this was the last chance for Cambridge to iron out any wrinkles in their game and this was a good opportunity to do so against a strong opposition a full league above them.

The game started with a Northampton kick and Cambridge where immediately into their stride. After a couple of solids sets of possession, an overlap gave Cambridge an opportunity which Chris Blucke took with a great run to score Cambridge’s first try. Cambridge continued the high tempo set early on and it was not long before they scored a second try through Sam Roberts to take the score to 10-0. Northampton rallied strongly and managed to pull back the score to 10-10 by half time. It was a levelled scoreboard but the half was certainly dominated by Cambridge.

In similar style to the first half, Cambridge started the second half in emphatic style. An unorthodox side step from Craig Winfield put him in for a try under the posts and a cross field kick. A couple of offloads gave Pete Taylor a try to the corner as well. Unfortunately, for the second time, Cambridge let Northampton back into the game with a few loose penalties. Despite some hard defence, three quick tries from Northampton gave them a 24-20 lead with just over five minutes remaining. With time ticking down a well worked Cambridge move saw the ball spread wide and Charlie Holland finished it off with a try to tie the scores at 24-24 which remained until full time.

Although the match ended a draw it was clear that Cambridge deserved the win. With the proximity of Varsity, it is certainly an build up for the players.

Craig Winfield