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Saxons - Match centre

March Bears
Saffron Walden 2nd XV
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Eastern Counties 1 West Full time

Saxons lose on the Road.

Some good individual efforts not enough against a strong March team.

Saxons travelled up to March with a weakened team and having to rope in a couple of extra guys to make the numbers up.
However with a mobile pack things looked good in the first 10 mins and they drove the home team towards the try line with several phases of good controlled rugby. As they got close some quick thinking by Scrumhalf and Captain for the day Paul Marshall who spotted a gap close in to the ruck and dived over to score.
However March hit back and broke through to score under the posts and Walden knew they were in for a hard afternoon.
Although the pack was working well the home team continued to use their strong runners in midfield and scored 4 more tries leaving the half time score at 31 - 5.
Walden rejigged the team at half time and were next on the score board when hooker Adam Smith was given the ball by March and he ran 40 metres just outstripping the covering defence to score. The second half was much more competitive with Walden getting some control into proceedings. But March scored 2 tries during this period of the game but Walden heads did not drop and when the team was rejigged looked to have the best of the last 20 mins with some strong running by Matt Howe now playing at Full back and Simon Hallows playing in the centres. Young winger Joe Starbuck capped a man of the match performance by scoring the last points of the game with a well worked under the posts with still 8 mins to go, but despite some determined efforts they could not quite get over the line for the bonus point try.
Although disappointing March stated that this was their strongest possible line up and there were some positives to take from the game with some new blood making their debuts for the team. If the bounce of the ball had gone their way and a bit of luck with some of the decisions then it might have been much closer game.

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Newmarket 11 46
2. Cottenham Renegades 11 43
3. Saffron Walden 2nd XV 11 32
4. Cambridge 3rd XV 11 27
5. Cantabrigian 2nd XV 11 24
6. Shelford 3rd XV 11 16
7. March Bears 11 15

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