Men’s rugby shaping up well ahead of Varsity

George Ramsay 21 November 2013

A chilly Wednesday evening saw CURUFC defeat London Scottish 77-0 with only three weeks until the Varsity match.

The Blues opened brightly when fly-half Don Stevens scored under the posts and kicked the conversion himself. Minutes later, scrum-half Harry Peck brought play inches from the Scottish line. Prop Will Yeeles barrelled over in the corner and an impressive conversion from Stevens gave Cambridge a 14-0 lead inside the first seven minutes.

The Scottish line was breached again when full-back Toby May finished in the corner, with Stephens converting from out wide. The Blues’ scrum was impressive, winning penalties and allowing Stevens to continuously push play into the Scottish twenty-two.

Forwards Jack Baker, Sam Farmer and Andrew Smith capitalised on the superbly-organised Cambridge line-out, adding a try each before the break. Stevens continued his flawless run with the boot to make the halftime score a dominant 42-0 lead.

The second half continued in similar vein, when the impressive Peck scored after a period of heavy Cambridge pressure. However, the home side squandered several opportunities in the Scottish twenty-two through needless penalties. Fresh faces were brought on among the forwards. A loose lineout in the Scottish twenty-two was snaffled, and replacement prop Sam Alderson went over from close range.

Wing Jones got on the end of a beautifully floated Stevens pass to score. It now seemed the fly-half could not miss, and he landed his ninth consecutive conversion to extend the lead to 63-0.

Full-back May and number eight Farmer both bagged their second in the final quarter, bringing the final score to an emphatic 77-0 victory for the home team. The stand-out performance came from fly-half Stevens, who landed all eleven of his conversions.

Cambridge will hope for sterner opposition when they face MR Steele-Bodger XV next week, The set-pieces were immensely strong, and the pack was well-organised. Half-backs Peck and Stevens marshalled play with ruthless efficiency, allowing phases of possession to be converted into points, all of which bode well for the Varsity match in three weeks.