Team Middlesex Match Reports
Cambridge Uni v Team Middlesex U20s
|Date:||31st January 2016|
|Competition:||U20s County Match|
|Result:||Cambs 46, Middlesex 21|
The rain stopped just before kick-off but, to use a racing expression, the ground was good to soft!
For the first ten minutes it was a keenly contested match and Team Middlesex just about had the upper hand. Following some concerted pressure by the Middlesex pack, the ball came loose and Cambridge hacked ahead from inside their own half to score the first try of the afternoon which was converted.
Middlesex again had the better of the possession but two golden opportunities were missed because of knock-ons of the last pass.
On the half hour, the Cambridge scrum half was yellow carded for pulling back a Middlesex player and shortly after this Middlesex used the extra man advantage and full-back Dominic Goring scored in the corner.
As is often the case, Middlesex relaxed and, from the restart, handed possession back to Cambridge who scored a try wide out. But the Middlesex forwards continued their dominance and just on half time were awarded a penalty which inside centre Alex Ward converted, bringing the half time score to 12-8 to the home team.
Middlesex began the second half strongly but after 7 minutes Cambridge struck a scrimmage against the head and stole over for a try which was converted. However, the Middlesex heads did not fall and the forwards again were dominant and a great rolling maul off a lineout resulted in flanker Tyler Bush scoring after 20 minutes. Two minutes later, a great piece of team play then began from a turnover ball and the counter attack led to Cambridge infringing and Ward kicked the penalty to add three more points to his tally.
There then followed a ten minute period when Cambridge introduced many replacements, a couple of whom were rumoured to be on the verge of full blues, and they scored three tries and a penalty in quick succession. The Middlesex players kept going and No 8 Dominic Rice crossed the line on the 39th minute.
Unfortunately that was not to be the last passage of play and Cambridge scored once more with the last play of the game, bringing the final score to 46-21 to Cambridge.
“Despite the loss, there were some sterling performances from the Middlesex squad, some of whom had previously only trained together once and for some, this was their first outing as a team.” commented team manager Chris Ralph.