Cambridge got themselves back to winning ways with a class display of running rugby, showing their hosts how to keep the ball alive. But for some determined defence they could have put a lot more points on the board in the first half and have been out of sight, but Cinderford to their credit never gave up and came away with another bonus point.
Cinderford’s Director of Rugby Andy Deacon said: “It was a disappointing performance given the team’s winning performance over the last few weeks. With the confidence as it was it was a result that is hard to bear. But we know what we can achieve and just have to find that form again and go hard against Tynedale away next week.”
Cambridge opened their account on 6 min with a try by winger Anders Mogensen who hit the three-quarter line at pace and went over under the posts converted by Tom Wheatcroft.
Cinderford spent the next 20 min defending wave after wave of Cambridge attacks. Cambridge were held up twice when over the line by some dogged defence. From the second 5m scrum Cinderford turned the ball over and broke out to the Cambridge 22. Cambridge hacked clear, and the ball was then booted straight back down their throats and pacey winger Mogensen sprinted clear supported by four other Cambridge players whom any one of them could have scored but after several passes being exchanged it was Mogensen who went over for his second try of the afternoon, converted by Wheatcroft.
On 35 min Cinderford got their first points on the board by virtue of a penalty by Rory Teague. Half-time Cinderford 3 Cambridge 14.
The half-time team talk must have been something special as from the start of the second half Cinderford kept Cambridge pinned in their own half for the first 25 min of it. Cinderford wasted in guilt edge opportunity on 45 min when between them forwards contrived to drop the ball with the line beckoning, 2 min later they were awarded a penalty just to the left hand side of the posts, which Teague slotted over to bring the score to 6-14.
On 62 min Mogensen extended Cambridge lead with a penalty.
From the restart Cinderford forwards turned over the ball and started to go through the phases, they scored a try through returning scrum-half Danny Pointon, Teague converted to bring the score to Cinderford 13 Cambridge 17.
Mogensen replied with another penalty on 70 min and again on 79 min to put Cambridge 10 points in front, Cinderford’s never say die attitude was rewarded with a bonus point when Teague slotted over a penalty with the final kick of the game.
Man of the match: Ben Draper, Cinderford
Cinderford: Mike Wilcox, Lloyd Stapleton, Simeon James, Dewi Scourfield (72 Kai Done), Robbie Winchle, Rory Teague, Ben Draper (59 Danny Pointon), Joe Smart, Tom Bozzard, Tom Heard, Ben West (9 George Evans), Ed King, Chris McNeil, Will Foden, Adam Nicholls
Replacements not used: Matt Jones, Lee Fortey
Cambridge: Toby Howley-Berridge (77 William Lawson), Michael Ayrton, Gregory White, Tom Wheatcroft, Anders Mogensen, Adam White (19 Elliot Bale), Alex Day, Tom Fidler, Ben Hunter (65, Jarrod Taylor), Ben Cooper, Ien, Ashcroft-Leigh, Bryn Jenkins, Gareth McComb, Darren Fox, James Ingle
Replacements not used: Ben P Cooper, Oliver Watson
Referees: S Harding
Asst Ref 1: D Maddern
Asst Ref 2: I Pengelly