CURUFC defeat the Penguins

George Ramsay 5 February 2014

CURFC took on Penguin RFC last Wednesday at Grange Road. Penguin RFC is the premier touring club in the UK who hold claim to being the most travelled sport side in the world.

It was only a matter of minutes until the Blues were off the mark. They gained possession in the Penguin half and moved the ball wide for fly-half Sam Allan to score in the corner to lead 5-0.

Just when it seemed Cambridge were asserting dominance on the game, the Penguins produced a lovely breakaway try starting from deep inside their own 22, giving them a 7-5 advantage with the simple conversion.

A good kick saw the Blues win a 5m scrum and after several phases of play, prop Sam Alderson crashed over. A conversion from Toby May made the score 12-7.

The game was being played at a high intensity, with the Penguins prepared to play a running game with the ball in hand. But a few too many handling errors from both sides lead to a stalemate for much of the first half. 

Despite several dangerous counterattacks from the Penguins, Cambridge were enjoying the majority of possession and territory which finally lead to a try from centre Courtney Morrison on the stroke of half time. A fine conversion from May brought the scores to 19-7 at the break.

Cambridge enjoyed plenty of pressure near the Penguin line at the start of the second period but handling errors were costing the home side. It took a fine break from Andy Murdoch to feed Rupert Cowan to run in, giving Cambridge a 24-7 lead which was to be the final score after an error-strewn last twenty minutes.

Penguin RFC played exciting, fast-paced rugby, always looking to run the ball from deep inside their own half. But it was the more organised Cambridge side that came out of the match deserving victors.