Cambridge rugby union welcomed Durham for captain Will Briggs’ last game leading the team at Grange Road on Saturday.
Durham made the brighter start and took an early 5-0 lead. The visitors made it difficult for Cambridge to settle into the match. The majority of the first quarter was spent on defensive duty.
The first significant period of Cambridge possession saw the home team starting to plug away at the opposition defence. However, an unfortunate kick gave Durham another offensive platform.
The opposition surged up field once more after the restart, but Cambridge responded and the game showed signs of developing into a fine exhibition of running rugby. Nonetheless, the half time score was 25-10 to Durham.
In the second half, Cambridge thrived on physical collisions and stressed the visitors’ defence. However, four penalties in the last fifteen minutes marched Durham up to the Cambridge 5m line where the drive was exploited. Durham eventually won 44-17 at full time.
The hosts’ performance showed signs that they will produce results in the final five games of the season.