Cambridge went down 17-23 to RAF on Wednesday evening in a thrilling encounter.
RAF got off to the better start, going 3-0 up after a matter of seconds, but Cambridge's Huw Thomas responded by kicking a simple penalty four minutes in to level the scores.
The next 15 minutes were evenly contested before a period of sustained pressure from RAF brought them inches from the Blues line. It looked as though the home side would hold on, but in the last play a converted try gave the RAF a 10-3 lead at half-time.
On fifty minutes the game burst into life. RAF went over for a try to extend their lead by five points before a sparkling Harry Peck break was finished off by Andrew Murdoch. A successful conversion making the score 15-10 to RAF.
Things then turned sour for the Blues. They conceded a penalty and an unconverted try in a matter of minutes, as well as losing replacement Nick Viljeon to the sin bin.
However, after a RAF sin bin, an excellent rolling maul lead to Max Montgomery bundling over for the Blues. The successful conversion from Thomas making the score 17-23 in the away side’s favour.
A further RAF sin bin meant Cambridge were on the ascendancy going into the final ten minutes.
A tense finale to the game saw the referee continue his ruthless streak, brandishing a red card to the RAF prop for violent conduct. Unfortunately, the Blues could not capitalise on this advantage and the score remained 17-23 at full-time.