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Cuffley
Uxbridge 1st RFC
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - League Full time

Cuffley make Uxbridge pay for poor first half

Lapses in concentration and a sluggish first half cost Uxbridge dear against physical Cuffley side.

Uxbridge made the furthest trip of the season to Cuffley searching for a win get to get their season back on track following tough results the two previous times out.

The game started in earnest with strong carries from both sides and the home side kicking deep in the Uxbridge half and putting the visitors on the back foot. Their persistence eventually paid off with two tries within the first 20 minutes, both unconverted.

As the half wore on, both sides were at sixes and sevens struggling to make a breakthrough and following good cover work from full-back Luke Matthews the ball unfortunately found its way to a Cuffley winger to run over from a yard out.

With the break approached, Cuffley found themselves with a lineout five yards out and after several phases of dogged defence from front rows Tom Redrup, Kevin Thomas and Sean McAndrew, the hosts sniped their way over the line.

Coach Ron Matthews laid down the law to the Uxbridge side at half time and the visitors started the second half much the better of the two sides putting the Cuffley defence to the sword. After a spell of good control, possession and carries from the forwards, fly-half Nick Guy found centre and debutant Rinaz Rafaithu to race over the line out-wide. Sadly, the conversion was missed.

This whirred Cuffley back into action and following a period of intense pressure replied with a try of their own out wide. Three minutes before time, Cuffley crossed the line again as their centre cut a good line and managed to get the ball down despite full-back Matthews’s best efforts.

Final score Cuffley-36, Uxbridge-5. There is no game for the First XV next week but Uxbridge Vets are away to Ealing Vets on Friday 13 October, kick-off 7pm and the Second XV are home in the cup to London French on Saturday 14 October, kick-off 3pm.

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