Warwick University Rugby League 33-12 Cambridge RLFC: Match Report
Updated: Oct 22, 2018
Warwick’s first home game of the season against Cambridge RLFC ended in a convincing victory for the hosts, walking away with a 33-12 victory after leading 27-4 at half-time.
Last season, in Division 2A, Warwick had a quick start against Cambridge in the 2nd game of the season – resulting in a convincing win - and today’s game went a long way in proving that history repeats itself as Warwick raced away to a 16-0 lead before the 20 minute mark.
It started with a 50m break by Josh Chan who was pulled down one meter from the line only for Harry Riley to go over with a trademark try from dummy-half. This was followed by Tom Palmer’s first two touches of the ball resulting in two of his three tries, both from kicks by halfback Bradley Sheridan. Then came a cracking try by Pierre-Louis Cuminet, his second in two games for WURL, picking up the ball and finding space in between defenders where it seemed there was none.
A further try by captain George Edge for WURL and then a drop-goal by Bradley Sheridan meant that Warwick held a 27-0 lead, yet with seconds remaining in the first half Cambridge pulled one back in the corner.
This invigorated Cambridge, who dominated the opening exchanges of the second half and ran in 2 more unconverted tries. Yet, WURL held out and once they got the ball back made the most of the opportunity, scoring near the corner flag to shut out Cambridge for good. WURL’s defence held out for the rest of the game, with no further scores added.
Delighted with the win, skipper George Edge said: “Very pleased with our performance today – we kept the positives from last week and improved where we were lacking. We were strong in defence and ruthless with the ball, especially in the first twenty minutes. Hopefully this’ll send a strong message to the rest of the league that we’re a competitive squad and we’re here to win games.”
Next week brings another home game, this time against well-established Division 1A side Birmingham. WURL will be hoping to build on this victory and extend our unbeaten home record even further.