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CAMBRIDGE 7 WANDIES 61 Wanderers score nine to seal second university win

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The Wanderers put 60 on their hosts, Cambridge University, with tries from Tom Kessell, Ahsee Tuala, Charlie Clare, Tom Collins, Devante Onojaife, Juan Pablo Estelles, Tom Emery and two from James Grayson to complete the Oxbridge double.

Cambridge made the Wanderers wait nearly ten minutes before allowing a score. But Collins broke through the home side’s line and offloaded cleverly to Kessell who covered the last yards to score. Olver knocked over the extras for the first of his five conversions for the night.

Cambridge countered and found themselves in the Wanderers 22 before losing possession. Tuala collected the ball and a smart grubber to himself saw the Wanderers’ second on 20 minutes.

The Wanderers kept their intensity up and despite good defence from the home side, set up a rolling maul for their third try just minutes later; Charlie Clare grounding the ball over the line for the points.

Cambridge mounted an attack of their own on the restart but again lost possession and the Wanderers capitalised on that. Nafi Tuitavake made a snaking run through the midfield before offloading to Collins who finished the job on the stroke of half-time. Olver added the extras to take the score to 0-28 at the break.

Cambridge’s captain Daniel Dass covered nearly half the pitch after the restart but replacement Jamie Elliot collected his chip and the Wanderers pushed on again. Estelles made some ground and after a failed cross-field attempt, the away side earned themselves a scrum five metres from Cambridge’s line.

The Wanderers pack got a huge shove on and after controlling the ball well with his feet, Devante Onojaife got a hand to the ball to score.

Just minutes later Estelles got over the whitewash after gratefully receiving an offload from another Collins run. Olver added the extras to complete his clean sweep for the night before retiring to the bench.

Wanderers took a penalty quickly and a good offload from George Furbank to Collins nearly got them close to another score but the pass was deemed forward. Sion Bennet also made a break but it was to be Grayson who got over the line for the seventh score after some clever backs play.

He missed his own conversion but would get another shot moments later after Tom Emery crossed the line after breaking the Cambridge line on halfway and racing in from there to score.

Grayson added his second and the Wanderers’ final score on 78 minutes after more aggressive attacking play saw them break their hosts’ line again. He converted his own score to end the Wanderers’ scoring at 61 points.

The home side got some consolation after a huge attack saw them get over the line three minutes after the clock should have stopped. Henry Rose scooted over the line after the home side built up the phases on the Wanderers’ line. Fraser Gillies added the conversion to end the game.

TIMELINE
9mins WANDIES Try Kessell Con Olver 0-7
20mins WANDIES Try Tuala Con Olver 0-14
28mins WANDIES Try Clare Con Olver 0-21
40mins WANDIES Try Collins Con Olver 0-28
HALF-TIME Cambridge 0 Wanderers 28
48mins WANDIES Try D Onojaife Con Olver 0-35
64mins WANDIES Try Estelles Con Olver 0-42
72mins WANDIES Try Grayson 0-47
74mins WANDIES Try Emery Con Grayson 0-54
78mins WANDIES Try Grayson Con Grayson 0-61
83mins CAMBRIDGE Try Rose Con Gillies 7-61

TEAMS

CAMBRIDGE Amesbury; Davies, Trinham, Phillips, King; Gillies, Tullie; Briggs, Dillon Kelly, Dixon, Bond, Hunter, Bartholomew, Stanley, Dass

Subs – Hugkulstone, Dean, Moros, Lola Erogbogbo, Rose, Lockhart, Bell, Lore Erogbobgo, Clough

WANDERERS Tuala; Packman, Tuitavake, Estelles, Collins; Olver, Kessell; Ma’afu, Clare, Denman, Moon, Day, J Onojaife, Ludlam, D Onojaife

Subs – Rayment, Beesley, Painter, Trinder, Bennett, Mitchell, Grayson, Elliott, Furbank, Emery