BISHOP’S STORTFORD 1ST XV 30 DARLINGTON MOWDEN PARK 31
Report by John Allanson, Bishops Stortford

To be fair, DMP fully deserved today’s win, but the 18 point start pretty much gifted to them made their job much easier. The first 23 minutes were redolent of the poor performance in the previous home game against Cambridge, with no aggression in defence and little imagination on the rare occasions that possession was secured – particularly disappointing after the positive and confident approach to last week’s game at Moseley.

Darlington, looking confident in possession, took full advantage of Stortford’s lacklustre start and ran in 3 tries within 23 minutes, taking full advantage of some poor home handling – albeit under pressure from aggressive DMP defence – and compounded these errors with some uncharacteristically weak tackling. The visitors’ flyhalf, Warren Seals had his kicking radar tuned in and converted all of them despite the tricky crosswind. All that Stortford could offer in return was a penalty from fullback, Tom Walker after 9 minutes. Having made a couple of tactical personnel changes, Stortford did eventually find a bit of cohesion and a half break by Sam Winter led to a try by Seb Brownhil,, after the prop slipped the first-up tackle and galloped over under the posts from 20 metres out after 38 minutes. Walker’s conversion produced a halftime score of 10-21, which barely reflected the balance of play.

The home side, however, started the second period much more positively and were rewarded with an early penalty under DMP’s posts, allowing Walker to narrow the deficit further. With Stortford’s scrum now totally dominant, they were able, courtesy of a number of penalties to apply territorial pressure and Charlie Kingham at No 8 took full advantage with tries after 51 and 57 minutes to take his side into a 2 point lead. Walker’s conversion attempts both failed, though he was very unlucky with the second, directly into the wind from the touchline, which bounced out off the post. Unfortunately, Stortford were unable to exit successfully from the restart and the visitors soon won a penalty, converted, almost inevitably by Seals to regain the lead. Pretty much directly from the restart, though, the visitors produced by far the best passage of play in the game, with offload after offload to excellent support runners, allowing them to sweep 80 metres upfield and score a tremendous try finished off by Seals, who added the easy conversion. Stortford might well have folded at this stage, but instead showed tremendous character to fly back onto the attack, with the set scrum, once again proving to be a great strength, with Dec Caulfield and JP Nel now on as replacements. Kingham had a third try disallowed for a knock-on, as he ambitiously tried to reach over a ruck for the touchdown, but pressure on Darlington was maintained. After the visitors’ No 6 was yellow carded for upending a Stortford player at a ruck, the bonus point try was scored by Luis Ball from a driving maul and Walker’s conversion narrowed the deficit to a single point. The home side naturally hurled themselves into the search for the crucial further score, but unfortunately lacked the guile to break down Darlington’s determined defence.

The Westbury Garden Rooms’ man of the match award went to Tom Walker, who put in an outstanding performance, after being moved up from fullback to scrumhalf after the first half tactical reshuffle by Stortford, though Seb Brownhill’s 80 minutes at prop must have pushed him very close.

CINDERFORD 20-27 BIRMINGHAM MOSELEY
Report from Cinderford Rugby Club website

A ‘hat-trick’ of tries from Birmingham Moseley flanker Morgan Dawes helped his team to a deserved victory over previously unbeaten Cinderford at the Beavis Memorial ground.

It was the home team who made the better start to the match and they went close to scoring on a couple of occasions before from a lineout catch and drive hooker Nathan Taylor broke clear through to open the scoring with an unconverted try after seven minutes. Moseley responded well and some strong forward play brought them a penalty award which was successfully kicked by outside-half Ben Palmer. A clearance kick was then fielded by home full-back Ed Sheldon who set off on a terrific run from well inside his own half which saw him elude several defenders to race clear through under the posts for a try which Stefan Hawley converted. Back came the visitors and when Cinderford gifted them possession at a lineout Dawes forced his way over for his first try, which Palmer converted. A series of pick and goes from their forwards then saw the visitors take the ball up to the home line and once again it was Dawes who went over, with Palmer adding the extras. Palmer then kicked a penalty right on the stroke of half-time to give his team a 20-12 lead at the interval.

Cinderford reduced the arrears after 55 minutes when Hawley kicked a penalty, but it was the visitors who continued to show far better ball retention skills than their opponents and they scored what was to prove a decisive try when Palmer broke through in mid-field and Dawes was once again on hand to take the pass and complete his ‘hat-trick’, which Palmer converted. Play became increasingly frantic in the closing stages and the home side got themselves back into the contest when some quick hands realised Sheldon who raced away to score his second try. But Moseley were not to be denied and they ran down the clock very effectively to secure their victory.

Cinderford; Ed Sheldon, Sam Smith, Terence Babarinsa, Jack Hayes, Ed Bogue, Stef Hawley, Jimmy Williams, George Porter (Capt.), Nathan Taylor, James Elliot, Tyler Jerrum, Dale Lemon, Matthew Gilbert, Matt Lane, George Evans. Replacements; Joe Smart, Tim Brockett, Joe Mullis, James Butler, Alex Frame.

HULL IONIANS 7 V 52 RICHMOND
Report by Malcolm Knowles, Hull Ionians

There is no substitute for experience and in this game against table topping Richmond, it showed. Without a recognised kicker Ionians struggled even to start the match, failing to propel the ball the required 10m into a stiff breeze. Richmond took full advantage from the resulting scrum, creating an easy run in for fullback Rob Kirby. Ionians 0 – 7 down within the opening minute.
The hosts faired no better with the re-start, permitting ‘mond to maintain the pressure. Disciplined forward play, with Joe Makin and his second-row partner Alex Torkington outstanding, saw Ionians work the ball clear of danger.
Without a reliable kicking option it was slow and arduous stuff, but it gave the Ionians eight confidence as they went through numerous phases to carry the ball up field. A handling error undid the good work and Lewis Dennett forced play back into the Ionians 22 with a well judged kick.
Richmond again threatened the line but a resolute Ionians defence held until James Tincknell, excellent in attack and defence throughout, broke away on a 40m run. Ionians carried the ball on to within 10m of the visitor’s line but lost a scrum and crisp handling and clinical play saw Richmond break nearly the full length of the field for a second try for Kirby. The simple conversion was added and Richmond led 0 – 14.
The visitors then showed they had power to go with their pace; firstly driving over from a 5m scrum for No8, Jacob Parker to dot down, before finishing the half with the bonus point score. Another scrum close to the Ionians line gave Richmond possession, they swept the ball across the field and back again before Toby Saysell spotted a gap and drove over from close range.
Ionians registered on the new scoreboard early on in the second half. Ben Stephenson picked up at the back of a maul and popped straight through the middle, catching the ‘mond defence cold on a 20m run to the line. Luke Thundercliffe, ever a reluctant kicker, slotted an excellent conversion to cut the deficit to 7 – 26.
The hosts were not to trouble the scoreboard again. Richmond did, adding four tries.
A period of scrappy play in the home half had possession changing hands several times, Ionians were unable to clear the danger and when Tom Pashley got hold of the ball he took route one to the line, riding through some weary tackling to crash over.
In the final 15 minutes the visitors secured further reward as Ionians resilience ran out. Richmond had gained little recompense from a line-out following a penalty to touch, so tried scrummaging following a second infringement. This time they were successful, moving the ball down the blindside to winger, Hamish Graeme, who crossed close to the corner.
Good handling and slick interplay saw Richmond attack from deep and jack in a box scrum-half, Toby Dabbell, was in the right place to take the final pass to scurry over to extend the lead to 7 -45.
The final try was the result of more incisive play from the visitors. The backs sprinted away down the touch and despite the intervention of Mike Ogunwole, who pulled off a superb tackle, had men up in support to carry the ball to the line and over, with Saysell grabbing his second try of the match resulting in a final score of 7 – 52.
Experience is something Richmond have in spades, their recent Championship involvement evident in all facets of their play. Ionians don’t have that level of participation but will only gain from playing at this level and there are encouraging signs. New recruits George Mewburn, Josh Peace and Rahat Choudhury are adapting well to life in N1 to complement the rest of the pack, who are competitive at this level.
It is more challenging down the back line, which has been more seriously disrupted by injury and unavailability. There is certainly no lack of commitment and endeavour but inexperience and naivety are ruthlessly exploited at this level. James Tincknell shines out like a beacon and if the others around him can learn from his example all may not be lost. Onward and upward.

Old Elthamians 27 Plymouth Albion 20
Report by Jon Edwards, Old Elthamians

‘Potentially season-defining’ was how Gavin Lach described it immediately afterwards and there was no doubt this was a sorely needed victory for Elthamians after two disappointing defeats on the spin.

Aside from their continuing propensity for conceding needless penalties in a disjointed opening half hour, this was a major improvement on the performances against Sale and Rosslyn Park.

OEs DoR was also delighted with the contributions of two players making their league debuts for the club.
Lock Dylan Flashman’s first league start has been a long time coming. A serious hamstring injury sustained in the pre-season fixture in Jersey back in August 2018, caused him to miss the whole of last season. And the former Wimbledon captain was eager to make up for lost time at College Meadow on Saturday. A powerful and industrious presence around the park, Flashman was at the heart of an impressive forward effort.

Australian-born centre Marc Koteczky only arrived at College Meadow last month, having previously spent two seasons from 2015 with Plymouth. But he made an immediate impact against his former club. Strong, compact and an astute footballer with the ball in hand, he combined impressively with midfield partner George Eastwell. It’s no coincidence that Elthamians made almost as many line breaks against Plymouth as they did in their three previous matches combined.

In an entertaining but error-strewn opening 40 minutes, Plymouth had started the brighter of the two sides and opened the scoring after only eight minutes.

Elthamians had done well initially to force a turnover defending their own line, but Tom White’s attempted clearance kick was charged down by his Plymouth counterpart Dan Mugford who dived on the loose ball to score, the fly-half converting his own try.

White made amends two minutes later with a penalty after Plymouth lock Dan Collier was yellow carded for killing the ball following a strong break from Koteczky in midfield which had taken OEs into the visitors’ 22 for the first time.

But Mugford restored the visitors’ seven-point advantage on 16 minutes when OEs flanker Mike Kovacic penalised for a high tackle, following a lacerating break from impressive Plymouth scrum-half Pierre Thompson which had taken play to within a couple of metres of the OEs try-line.

In a frenetic first quarter, despite seeing plenty of ball, Elthamians lacked composure at crucial moments, again conceding too many penalties or committing unforced errors having worked hard to put themselves in strong attacking positions.

But as the half wore, the confidence began to grow in the home ranks and the majority of the play in the closing 10 minutes of the first period took place in and around the Plymouth 22.

White kicked his second penalty following good work from Eastwell to cut the deficit to four points, and Elthamians looked to have taken the lead for the first time on the half hour mark when winger George Perkins dived over in the corner from Eastwell’s looping mis-pass. But referee Callum Howard adjudged the pass was forward and disallowed the score.

White missed a penalty attempt on the stroke of half-time after the Elthamians had shunted the visitors back at scrum-time, but it was a sign that momentum had begun to shift towards the home side after the uncertainty of the opening exchanges.

Indeed, OEs came scorching out of the blocks after the restart. Slick hands from the backs released Perkins who raced 40 metres up the touchline but his off-load to Adam Batt inside was deemed forward.

Perkins was not to be denied five minutes later, however, as Elthamians took the lead for the first time. Lovely inter-play involving both backs and forwards saw OEs move the ball to both flanks, stretching the Plymouth defence for Perkins to force his way over in the corner.

When White added his third penalty of the game on 50 minutes following another strong break from Eastwell, Elthamians were playing as well as at any time this season.

However, the game exploded into life for the wrong reasons on 58 minutes. A strong tackle by Plymouth replacement Rus Tuima on Perry Parker sparked an ugly melee in the centre of the field. After extended consultation with his assistants, referee Howard showed red cards to Tuima and Parker.

With tensions still running high after the fracas, White kicked his fourth penalty to extend the lead to 17-10 only for Elthamians to find themselves down to 13 men when flanker Adam Batt was yellow carded for a late tackle.

It sparked a period of sustained Plymouth pressure, culminating in a wonderful try scored on 67 minutes to level the scores. Visitors sub Cam Setter took a quick tapped penalty and chipped the ball over the on-rushing OEs defence for winger Alex Ducker to collect the loose ball, step inside the last defender and touch down.

With the scores level entering the final 10 minutes, it was Elthamians who took a firm stranglehold on proceedings, putting the visitors under heavy pressure in their own half.

White regained the lead for the home side with his fifth successful penalty after strong work by his forwards in the scrum on 71 minutes before victory was secured with the Old Boys’ crucial second try of the afternoon just a minute later.

It started with a massive tackle from replacement hooker Jarad Saunders which forced a turnover and allowed winger Bryan Hotson to break into the Plymouth 22. When he was brought down, the ball was moved quickly wide for full-back Louis Brown to step inside his tackler and dive between the posts for his first try for the club.

SCORERS:
Old Elthamians
Tries: Perkins 44 Brown 72
Cons: White 73
Pens: White x 5 (11 23 47 53 71)

Plymouth
Tries: Mugford 7 Ducker 67
Cons: Mugford 7 Eastgate 67
Pens: Mugford 16 Eastgate 77

TEAMS
Old Elthamians: Brown, Hotston, Koteczky, Eastwell, Perkins, White, Claxton; Concu, Morris, North, Flashman, Parker, Kovacic, Barton, Batt. Subs: Hay, Saunders, Devine, Morgan, Dockery.

Plymouth: Eastgate, Skelcey, Powell, Pohe, Ducker, Mugford, Thompson, Chapman, Norey, Pullinger, Collier, Kelly, Daly, Mills, Stupple. Subs: Salter, Tuima, Setter, Higgins, Squire.

Referee: Callum Howard

Half-time: OId Elthamians 6 Plymouth Albion 10

Rams 27 Chinnor 21
Report Richard Ashton, Rams Rugby

Henry Bird’s try in the final minute of the game capped a stunning turnaround for the Old Bath Road club, who trailed 14-3 at the interval before coming back to secure a fourth straight win to lift them to second in the table.
Coming up against a side chock full of players with international, Premiership and Championship experience, Rams hauled themselves off the canvas courtesy of Stapley’s 75th-minute try and Bird’s last-gasp intervention.
And Stapley revealed: “We realised at half-time that we were flat and playing at 60 per cent, we were giving them too much respect.
“In the second half we went at them with a bit of determination and a bit of grit,
“We want to do this for each other, we were over the moon about winning.”
He continued: “It’s great to be involved in a game like that and the enjoyment it gives us. The big thing was maybe last year or two years ago, we may not have pulled together and we might have slipped up, but today when we were slipping up, we never panicked, we were always together. It shows what we’ve built on in the last two years.”
The afternoon had started in attritional fashion during a scoreless opening 20 minutes which saw Chinnor captain and ex Worcester Warrior Carl Kirwan sin-binned, only for the visitors to defy their numerical disadvantage when a slick passing move was rounded off by Jason Worrall in the right-hand corner. Lawrence May landed a fine conversion to put the Oxfordshire side 7-0 up.
An Alex Seers penalty reduced the deficit, but Chinnor led 14-3 at the break courtesy of a converted
Chris Elder try.
Rams started the second half brilliantly and moved 15-14 ahead thanks to Bird’s converted score and a Conor Corrigan effort on the left wing after he collected Seers’ deft chip.
The visitors replied on the hour mark as Elder cut a superb line to cross, May adding the extras to make it 21-15.
However, Rams refused to buckle, and with Shek Sherriff and Cameron Gray yellow carded for the away side, home skipper Stapley crossed in the 75th minute to give his side hope.
And they made the most of it, Bird going over in front of the clubhouse before Seers’ conversion proved the last action of a memorable game.
With a crowd of 621 in attendance – which felt like double with the roar as Bird crossed at the death – Rams head coach Seb Reynolds was coy when asked whether it was the club’s greatest ever victory.
He commented: “I’m not sure about that, there were a lot of special moments last season. To renew the rivalry with Chinnor, like the two local derbies with Henley last year, they pull a really big and energetic crowd and it was great to have that back. I think it really helped the players.
“The players can be incredibly proud of themselves. We looked at their back row yesterday and somebody said they’ve got an ex-Premiership player, an ex-Championship player and another ex-Premiership player, and we’ve got Robbie Stapley, Tom Vooght and Jamie Guttridge from Reading and the Berkshire area, but they were just fantastic.
“They’re a brilliant back row, as hard as nails. They were colossal in taking on a quality side and putting us on the front foot.”
He continued: “Chinnor are a very strong side and they had patches in the game where we were under pressure, but the guys did a great job to come back and seal the victory.
“The players fight for each other. It showed at half-time – for the first time this year we were losing a match, but the players were very calm. I don’t need to say much, they sort it out for themselves. When you know your mate is next to you, there’s a look, a trust, and when you’ve done it for a period of time, it brings out performances like that.”
Reynolds admitted Rams’ start to the season had been beyond their expectations, and sets up a top-of-the-table clash at Richmond next Saturday.
He said: “What a moment for the club. A couple of years ago it was inconceivable to have a game against Richmond at the Athletic Ground, but we’ll go there full of confidence and energy and see how we go. They’re a great side and have had a really good start to the season, but we’ll enjoy the trip.
“Like last year, you look at how you can take things to the next level. Ultimately, you have a group of friends who want to keep pushing themselves and each other, and that’s resulted in four wins. I don’t know what the next month is going to bring, but we’ll enjoy it.”
Looking ahead, Stapley concluded: “We treasure each moment as it comes. Each week is a different challenge and we’ll keep trying to do what we do.”

Summary

Rams 27 Chinnor 21

Rams
Tries: Bird 44, 79, Corrigan 52, R Stapley 75
Conversions: Seers 45, 80
Penalties: Seers 26

Chinnor
Tries: Worrall 22, Elder 34, 60
Conversions: May 23, 35, 61
Yellow Cards: Kirwan 13, Sherriff 69, Gray 75

Half Time: 3-14
Star man: Tom Vooght (Rams)
Attendance: 621
Referee: Dr Jonathan Cook

Teams:
Rams: Bird, Rossiter (Denham 70), Jones, Humberstone, Corrigan, Seers, Cole (Moates 47);
Steadman, Henderson (Moffitt 61), Baker (McDonnell-Roberts 61), Taylor, C Stapley (Thomson 35),
Guttridge, Vooght, R Stapley

Chinnor: Harries, Goss (Moore-Aiono 13-23, Gray 70), Worrall, Elder, Yawayawa, May, Ashby; Fidler
George (Jeannot 53), McNulty (Selway 53), Thomas, Gray (Sherriff 55), Treviranus (Moore-Aiono 55),
Kirwan, Ryan

Rosslyn Park 14 Blackheath 29
Report by Graham Cox, Blackheath rugby

A fine match and a fine victory for Blackheath who found easily their best performance of the season so far to defeat their old rivals who were hitherto unbeaten and had started the day as league leaders.

True, in the end this win may have owed something to Park second half errors, but those mistakes were forced by the Club’s speed and aggression and when the chances came, they were executed with clinical precision.

From the outset, Blackheath looked to attack from deep, particularly through Ben Ransom, Leo Fielding and Craig Dowsett, the latter nearly put away on two minutes by Josh Poole, but for the open-side’s final pass which was adjudged forward.

However, a missed kick to touch by Park on 20 minutes, followed by good ball retention (Danny Herriott and Mike Perks particularly abrasive), made ground through the Park midfield, releasing Markus Burcham on a break, the skipper and inside-centre finding Ransom on his outside for the first try.

Blackheath didn’t have it all their own way. Within two minutes, Park hooker Karl Gibson did brilliantly to squirm through some ineffective tackling to release blind-side Mike MacFarlane for an equalising score.

And the pattern was repeated as Fielding’s chip and chase saw the ball carried back across the home team’s line, forcing a five-metre scrum from which the Club pack won a penalty try as Park collapsed three times, only for turnover ball after the re-start, enabling the host pack to ruck their way to the opposition goal-line, number-eight Hugo Ellis diving over for parity at 14-14 at the break.

Nevertheless, the second period saw Blackheath take the initiative and this time not let it go.

A knock-on at the lineout on 57 minutes handed the visitors possession, and as ball found its way to Ransom, the full-back’s kick ahead was weighted beautifully for Jake Lloyd, the wing throwing an inside pass for Tom Burns to crash over. Then, moments later, further loose ball was hacked forward from half-way by Perks, and although the hooker was held back, Freddie Owen won the race to touch down the ball in-goal for Blackheath’s fourth try.

More aggressive tackling from Blackheath dislodged ball from Park possession once again, leading to the penalty which allowed Mark Cooke to add three points to his two successful conversions, and although the Roehampton side attacked in the final quarter, lack of control allied with strong defence, denied them any consolation.

Next Saturday a rejuvenated Blackheath return to Well Hall to take on Hull Ionians. Kick-off is at 3.00 pm.

Rosslyn Park

Tries: MacFarlane, Ellis

Conv: Lound 2

Blackheath

Tries: Ransom, penalty try, Burns, Owen

Conv: Cooke 2

Pens: Cooke

TITANS 22 CAMBRIDGE 17
Report from Titans website

Rotherham Titans returned to winning ways as they were made to battle hard for their 22-17 win over Cambridge at a blustery Clifton Lane.

Titans outscored the opposition by three tries to two, with Anthony Maka, Dan Leake and Zak Poole all crossing the whitewash in the first period.

Disappointingly, Rotherham were unable to add to their try tally as they lost the second half 3-0, but ultimately they secured an important win against a good team.

Titans came racing out of the blocks and took the lead as early as the third minute, when a catch and drive close to the visitors line was finished off by number 8 Anthony Maka, to give the home side a perfect start.

Paradoxically however, despite Rotherham enjoying lots of good spells in a highly competitive game, it was Cambridge went ahead, after executing their limited opportunities in clinical fashion to score two tries in the space of 8 minutes, through livewire scrum half Finlay Creighton.

On 18 minutes following a period of forward pressure, Creighton dummied and then sniped over from close range. Then on 26 minutes, after flanker Alex Rayment made a beak following some sloppy defending at the breakdown, Creighton was on hand again to run in under the sticks.

Rotherham needed to respond quickly and this they did a minute later when Anthony Maka collected a clearance kick just inside his own half. Maka then galloped downfield and traded passes with full back Sam Allan before sending in Dan Leake in the left hand corner for a fine try.

Morgan Bunting, on for Sam Hollingsworth who’d took a slight knock earlier in the game, nosed Titans 15-14 ahead on the half hour mark with a straightforward penalty from in front of the posts.

Rotherham then extended their advantage 3 minutes later when Captain Zak Poole collected on the 10 metre line and following a show and go charged home with good pace and strength for an excellent score. Bunting’s conversion made it 22-14.

The second half didn’t go according to what Titans would have had in mind at the break. Indeed the only score of the second period came in injury time when Cambridge centre, Ben Penfold knocked over a penalty to give the visitors a well-deserved losing bonus point.

Nevertheless, Titans will reflect on this one as a good win against a very capable side.

Commenting post-match, Titans Director of Rugby, Martin Jenkinson, said, “It was a hard-fought win; there were two distinct halves of rugby which were very different from each other. I thought we played some outstanding rugby in the first half and Harry Whitfield was devastating early on.

“We went in at 22-14 and it never crossed any of our minds that we would be nilled in the second half. However, the important thing is we have won two at home, but we need to be getting maximum points at home.

“It’s generally pleasing, but it’s tinged with we probably let ourselves down a bit with not getting that fourth try and the bonus point.

“We got ourselves on a couple of occasions into good positions, but then the line-out broke down.

“We had a couple of overthrows in the wrong areas and that’s your opportunities gone and against good sides like Cambridge you don’t get that many opportunities. So you have to take them and that was the story of the second half.

“However, the boys’ defensive effort was absolutely herculean, it was massive, but there was too much of it. We were defending because when we got ourselves into position we gave the ball away too cheaply and then they were back on to us again.

“So whilst our defence was superb, we don’t want to be doing so much of it; we want to be at the other end of the park.”

Referee: Ben Rayner

Attendance: 572

Yellow Card: Hutchinson (Cambridge)

Titans: Maka (T), Leake (T), Poole (T), Bunting (2C, P)

Cambridge: Creighton (2T), Penfold (2C, P)

Titans: 15 Sam Allan, 14 Ben Robbins, 13 Tom Williams (Hollingsworth 55), 12 Jamie Cooke, 11 Dan Leake, 10 Sam Hollingsworth (Bunting 25), 9 Connor Dever, 1 Harry Whitfield (Toby Williams 31), 2 Harry Newborn, 3 Reece Ward (Dennis 47), 4 Elliott Ward (Laxton 67), 5 Kieran Frost (Preston-Routledge 61), 6 Zak Poole (Capt.), 7 Keifer Laxton (Wilson 55), 8 Anthony Maka.

Replacements: 16 Toby Williams, 17 Will Dennis, 18 Dan Preston-Routledge, 19 Lewis Wilson, 20 Morgan Bunting.

Cambridge: 15 Andrew Henderson (Capt.), 14 James Martin (Rawlings 31), 13 Ned Brown, 12 Benjamin Penfold, 11 Matthew Hema, 10 Joe Tarrant (Rayner 65), 9 Finlay Creighton (Adamson 61), 1 David Langley (Rukhadze 31), 2 Michael Mayhew, 3 Henry Peck (Langley 45) (Peck 59), 4 Kailus Hutchinson (Conquest 45), 5 Gareth Baxter, 6 Ciaran Moore (Rayment 61), 7 Alex Rayment (Martin 38), 8 Ben Adams.

Replacements: 16 Ramaz Rukhadze, 17 Robert Conquest, 18 Louis Rawlings, 19 Rhodri Adamson, 20 Lawrence Rayner.