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Canterbury4428

DateTimeSeason
25th Jan 20202:00 pmNational League 12019/20

Match Report

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Press Officer David Haigh

Canterbury Rugby's press officer David Haigh
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Canterbury

CAMBRIDGE 29 CANTERBURY 28

Victory was snatched from Canterbury in the final play of a pulsating game as Cambridge centre Matt Hema plunged over for his side’s fourth and conclusive try.
It was a moment of undeserved heartbreak for a city side who fought back from a nervous start to dominate the second half and seemed on course for their second league win of the season.
It was not to be, but while the two league points they earned may have been a disappointing return Canterbury will have taken far more from this match by the quality of their performance. After the battering they received the previous week this was a team reinvigorated and full of purpose.
If Cambridge thought they were in for a comfortable afternoon when they took the lead after just two minutes through an Andy Henderson try they knew better by the end.
Hema’s touchdown after 26 minutes, with Ben Penfold adding a second conversion, pushed the home side further ahead but the mood changed as they were gradually forced onto the back foot. They defended well but Canterbury’s pressure brought a yellow card for Number Eight Ben Adams and the city side struck. Fly Half Alex Meads speared through a gap and with Dan Smart’s conversion the door opened.
A failure of concentration pushed it back in Canterbury’s face early in the second half when they failed to pick up Henderson’ run into the line and Penfold slotted the conversion. However, it was a temporary setback with none of the meltdown that has sometimes plagued their performances. A buoyant city pack gained a vital edge and they made the most of it in that third quarter. Patient and organised work at close quarter pick and drives brought them three tries, the first by Ricky Mackintosh and six minutes later Tyler Oliver. The took the lead for the first time on the hour mark, this time with Tristan King providing the finish for his forwards and Smart kicking a fourth conversion.
They held on to that seven point gap until Penfold slotted a penalty goal to give his side a way back but as the clock ticked down Canterbury seemed to have done enough. It was a penalty at a ruck that undid all their excellent work. Cambridge spun the ball wide from the lineout and Hema found enough momentum to score by the corner flag.
Canterbury left with pride intact but also with the feeling that more of this and better times might just be coming.
Canterbury: D.Corcoran, R.Mackintosh, F.Morgan, W.Waddington, C.Grimes, A.Meads, D.Smart, B.Young, S.Rogers, (repl T.King), E.Lusher (repl S.North), R.Cadman (repl F.Edwards), J.Rouse, S.Stapleton, T.Oliver (repl J.Stephens).

David Haigh

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Cambridge

PositionTCPDG
 4310

Director of Rugby: Richie Williams

Canterbury

# PlayerPositionTCPDG
1Jamie DeverProp0000
2Samuel Rogers 19Hooker0000
3Elliott LusherProp0000
4Royce Cadman 18Lock0000
5Matt CorkerLock0000
6Jack RouseFlanker0000
7Sean StapletonFlanker0000
8Tyler OliverNumber Eight1000
9Daniel SmartScrum half0400
11Charlie GrimesWing0000
12Will Waddington 20Centre0000
13Frank MorganCentre0000
14Ricky MackintoshWing1000
15Dwayne CorcoranFull-back0000
16Billy YoungProp0000
17Jamie StephensNumber Eight0000
18Freddie Edwards 4Prop0000
19Tristan King 2Hooker1000
20Alex Meads 12Full-back1000
 Total 4400

Coach/Committee Member/Director of Rugby: Andy Pratt
Team Manager: Andy Rogers
Coach: Dave Marshall
Coach: Matthew Pinnick

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Match Venue

Cambridge RUFC
Unnamed Road, Cambridge CB3 9EE, UK