«August 2014»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
1234567
CAMB UNI 8 WANDERERS 34 Diggin pleased with Wanderers bounce back

Vasily Artemyev got the Wanderers' scoring started at Grange Road © www.atsportphoto.com

Match Report CAMB UNI 8 WANDERERS 34 Diggin pleased with Wanderers bounce back

Following last Monday's disappointing defeat at Sale, the Wanderers were keen to get straight back on the horse, according to Academy coach Paul Diggin, and did just that in a powerful five-try win over Cambridge University.

"It was great to have the game tonight," Diggin said after playing a full 80 minutes in the centres. "Sometimes you have to wait a couple of weeks to try and put it right, but we were hungry for it in training and I think we did some good things tonight. They were a tough team to break down. We had a couple of chances in the first half when we were in their 22 and came away with nothing but we fixed that up and were a lot more clinical in the second half.

"Cambridge put together a good stint at the end as well and I think we were dogged in defence, because we could have rolled over and let them have it but we scrambled well. The 'A' team is now very competitive and it gives all of the guys who aren't playing at the weekend a chacne of some game time as well as some of the younger lads."

The Wanderers are back in action in a fortnight at Franklin's Gardens, when Gloucester United come to town for an Aviva 'A' League showdown - a home semi-final at steak for both sides.

AS IT HAPPENED

KO
Sam Olver gets the action underway at Grange Road...
CAMB UNI 0 WAND 0

9mins
An attacking Wanderers maul splinters and somehow, the hosts are running clear with the ball, Murdoch fed on the left and the wing with easily enough pace to run it home.
CAMB UNI 5 WAND 0

13mins
A huge Wanderers scrum disperses the Cambridge eight but after a little bit of handbags, Olver nudges his first penalty of the evening left of the posts.
CAMB UNI 5 WAND 0

18mins
Just as it looks like the Wanderers are going to drive the Blues off their own breakdown, the hosts recover and even earn a penalty out of it. Stevens hits the post from 40m though
CAMB UNI 5 WAND 0

23mins
Another brutal scrum from the Wanderers and Cambridge this time find themselves a man down with Sanders shown yellow. Wanderers attack from the line out and on a good line, Waldouck also frees his arms to release Artemyev through the tracking Diggin.
CAMB UNI 5 WAND 5

32mins
Verbakel takes in a Wanderers line out and after a huge maul rolls 15m towards the line, Harry drops with the ball for a second try. Olver converts.
CAMB UNI 5 WAND 12

HT
Not the most fluent first half for the Wanderers but they lead nonetheless. Tries from Artemyev and Harry have them in front, while with the set-piece functioning well, they certainly have the platform to add to their advantage after the break.
CAMB UNI 5 WAND 12

41mins
Wanderers gather in the restart but at the second breakdown, Camb earn a penalty and Stevens nudges it over from straight in front.
CAMB UNI 8 WAND 12

47mins
Cambridge under pressure at their own 5m line out and having knocked on, the scrum has only one outcome. The Blues are driven over their own line and Nutley touches down.
CAMB UNI 8 WAND 17

49mins
A good counter from a Cambridge clearance puts the Wanderers into the 22 and a penalty straight in front is clipped over by Olver.
CAMB UNI 8 WAND 20

54mins
Brilliant counter running from Packman who covers some 50m slaloming between defenders. Patient play draws the penalty and a second yellow for Cambridge. Lineout is mauled within touching distance and Onojaife breaks from the side to go over. Olver converts.
CAMB UNI 8 WAND 27

67mins
Turnover ball for the Wanderers and with Collins going close, it is recycled for Herriott to go under the posts unopposed. Hooley converts.
Camb Uni 8 WAND 34

FT
A good work out for the Wanderers, who were made to grind for their tries against a Cambridge side that proved tough to break down. Set-piece dominance told in the end though and three second half tries for forwards Nutley, Onojaife and Herriott have given the scoreline a comfortable look.
CAMB UNI 8 WAND 34

TIMELINE
9mins CU Try Murdoch 5-0
13mins WAND Miss pen Olver
18mins CU Miss pen Stevens
23mins CU Yellow Sanders
24mins WAND Try Artemyev 5-5
32mins WAND Try Harry Con Olver 5-12
HALF-TIME CAMB UNI 5 WAND 12
42mins CU Pen Stevens 8-12
47mins WAND Try Nutley 8-17
49mins WAND Pen Olver 8-20
54mins WAND Try Onojaife Con Olver 8-27
59mins WAND Yellow A Day
67mins WAND Try Herriott Con Hooley 8-34
FULL-TIME CAMB UNI 8 WAND 34

Number of views (1879)/Comments ()