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2nd XV - Match centre

Cantabs
St. Ives RFC
N Gusto, N Gusto
Tries
J Cox (2), C Long (3), F Ruddock, S Cornwell, M Flint
N Gusto
Conversions
J Robinson (5)
Penalties
J Robinson
Sat 16 Mar 14:15 - Cup Full time

Bulls rampaging performance delights in the teeth of the gale

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Youth triumphs over experience

The Cambs. Junior Cup is contested by those teams who are in the Eastern Counties 2 West league. With Cantabs contesting in various cups at three levels, they put together a strong, experienced 3rd XV to face visiting St. Ives, including two former 1st XV skippers at lock and centre.
Playing into the remains of Storm Gareth (was that an omen for events in Cardiff?), the Bulls, led by a former 1st XV skipper of their own, Jim Robinson, started superbly. Keeping the ball in hand they played with continuity and purpose until an attack of dropsy hit them.
Inexplicably, a series of knock-ons gave Cantabs the chance to push the visitors back into their own half. Still playing with ball in hand, yet another drop gave the home stand-off the chance to collect and canter in for the opening score against the run of play.
For the next 15 minutes Ives attacked, but could find no way through. Jacko Tate was thoroughly enjoying himself thumping opposing tacklers back. Jack Hickman was first to many a breakdown to keep the ball moving.
An unsavoury incident which saw a dazed scrum anchor Graham Moffitt leave the field, also witnessed an excellently managed decision process by the veteran referee, who carded the home transgressor for ten minutes.
The Bulls took full advantage with three excellently taken tries. From the scrum restart, the Bulls played the ball through the hands releasing full back Joe Cox away on the right to score.
From the kick off, Cox was again in the action as he surged back upfield. After some excellent interplay, the ball reached Callum Long who, with plenty of work still to do, swerved and jinked his way past the remaining defenders to score in the corner.
Again from the kick off, Ives immediately ran the ball back. With execution their 1st XV colleagues would do well to mimic, a number of fix and passes led to space for Fin Ruddock to score.
Cantabs were still in the match at this point and came back with a try of their own when still down to 14 men. Another knock on gave them a scrum. The ball was moved right and in a rare series of poor collisions by the Bulls, the centre was allowed through to score.
Half time 12-17
With the elements at their backs, Ives continued to play with the ball close, expertly managed by stand-off Mitch Newman.
Having stretched their lead to two scores with a penalty by Robinson, Newman’s choices to release the forwards or play wider were spot on and paid dividends for the Bulls.
From the kick off, the ball was whipped wide to Long, who skipped down the touchline past flailing defenders, before stepping the full back.
Ives were relentless. Newman spotted the home back three absent and a lovely chip was caught on the full by Cox who ran in unopposed.
Cantabs were determined to come back into the match and attacked through their big men up front and close in. David Sykes, whose calm decision making both with and without the ball settled those around him, was a rock in defence. Ruddock was prominent with a couple of penalty turnovers as he was quickest to latch on to the ball.
Cantabs spent fully 3 minutes camped on the Ives line, but dogged defence kept them out, finally forcing a knock on. Ives ran from the scrum and charged downfield. With an overlap apparent, a Bull decided to go it alone, but was deemed to have been held up over the line.
No matter as the 5-metre scrum held firm for number 8 Stuart Cornwell to pick from the base. Finding nobody in front of him he was able to stroll over for a score.
Back came Cantabs with a further assault on the Ives line. Again, they came away empty handed as the Bulls defence was in no mood to allow their hosts even a consolation score.
Ives broke the siege and the game settled in midfield. A turnover saw Newman chip to the wing where the ball was allowed to bounce. Youngster Max Flint was quickest to react and having collected the ball, barged between two defenders to score.
With the clock running out, there was time for Long to complete his hattrick with another swift run and swerve down the left wing.
Robinson was a delighted man after the match. “This is not a one-off, but a reward for all the hard work in by this group of lads over the past weeks. We came up against some experienced players today and our youngsters showed how well they have bought in to what we are trying to do as a Club. We look forward to Shelford in the league next week, and also the chance for some silverware in the cup.”

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – February: Henley Hawks RFC

Mitch Newman

Player of the Match

Mitch Newman

Key moments

11:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Cantabs
12:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Cantabs
28:00
Try Joseph Cox scores for St. Ives RFC
30:00
Try Callum Long scores for St. Ives RFC
33:00
Try Finlay Ruddock scores for St. Ives RFC
34:00
Conversion Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
37:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Cantabs
46:00
Penalty Jim Robinson kicks a penalty for St. Ives RFC
48:00
Try Callum Long scores for St. Ives RFC
49:00
Conversion Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
51:00
Try Joseph Cox scores for St. Ives RFC
52:00
Conversion Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
65:00
Try Stuart Cornwell scores for St. Ives RFC
66:00
Conversion Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
72:00
Try Max Flint scores for St. Ives RFC
73:00
Conversion Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
77:00
Try Callum Long scores for St. Ives RFC

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Mitch Newman is awarded player of the match for St. Ives RFC
78:00 Missed Conversion
Jim Robinson misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
77:00 Try 12 - 53
Callum Long scores for St. Ives RFC
73:00 Conversion 12 - 48
Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
72:00 Try 12 - 46
Max Flint scores for St. Ives RFC
66:00 Conversion 12 - 41
Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
65:00 Try 12 - 39
Stuart Cornwell scores for St. Ives RFC
54:00 Sub On
Jack Webb is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
53:00 Sub On
Max Flint is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
52:00 Conversion 12 - 34
Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
51:00 Try 12 - 32
Joseph Cox scores for St. Ives RFC
49:00 Conversion 12 - 27
Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
48:00 Try 12 - 25
Callum Long scores for St. Ives RFC
46:00 Penalty 12 - 20
Jim Robinson kicks a penalty for St. Ives RFC
45:00 Missed Penalty
Jim Robinson misses a penalty for St. Ives RFC
End of period 1
38:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Cantabs
38:00 Sub On
Andrew Grieve is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
37:00 Try 12 - 17
N. Gusto scores for Cantabs
34:00 Conversion 7 - 17
Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
33:00 Try 7 - 15
Finlay Ruddock scores for St. Ives RFC
31:00 Missed Conversion
Jim Robinson misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
30:00 Try 7 - 10
Callum Long scores for St. Ives RFC
29:00 Missed Conversion
Jim Robinson misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
28:00 Try 7 - 5
Joseph Cox scores for St. Ives RFC
27:00 Sub On
Ben West is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
26:00 Yellow Card
N. Gusto is yellow carded for Cantabs
12:00 Conversion 7 - 0
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Cantabs
11:00 Try 5 - 0
N. Gusto scores for Cantabs
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Cantabs
  • St. Ives RFC
  • 0
  • N. Gusto Try 11:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 12:00'
  • N. Gusto Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Ben West Sub On 27:00'
  • Joseph Cox Try 28:00'
  • Callum Long Try 30:00'
  • Finlay Ruddock Try 33:00'
  • Jim Robinson Conversion 34:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 37:00'
  • Andrew Grieve Sub On 38:00'
  • Jim Robinson Penalty 46:00'
  • Callum Long Try 48:00'
  • Jim Robinson Conversion 49:00'
  • Joseph Cox Try 51:00'
  • Jim Robinson Conversion 52:00'
  • Max Flint Sub On 53:00'
  • Jack Webb Sub On 54:00'
  • Stuart Cornwell Try 65:00'
  • Jim Robinson Conversion 66:00'
  • Max Flint Try 72:00'
  • Jim Robinson Conversion 73:00'
  • Callum Long Try 77:00'

Team selection

Cox, Joseph Cox, Joseph
Peters, Rick Peters, Rick
Robinson, Jim Robinson, Jim
Sykes, David Sykes, David
Long, Callum Long, Callum
Newman, Mitch Newman, Mitch
Dale, Gregory Dale, Gregory
Cornwell, Stuart Cornwell, Stuart
Ruddock, Finlay Ruddock, Finlay
Edwards, Jordan Edwards, Jordan
Hickman, Jack Hickman, Jack
McDonald, Brandon McDonald, Brandon
Cheetham, Craig Cheetham, Craig
Tate, Jacko Tate, Jacko
Moffitt, Graham Moffitt, Graham
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