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15
JAN

League leaders Cantabs started strongly and dismissed some early Woodbridge threats by dominant forward play in the set pieces and good, direct running. Graddage very nearly scored but for a try-saving tackle from his opposite number Smith. Woodbridge remained under pressure until penalised for offside and savagely mauled for full back McCormick to score. Cantabs forwards reigned supreme, winning line outs, rucking efficiently and mauling like a locomotive. Occasional forays by Woodbridge were exciting but couldn’t keep possession at the breakdown forcing them back. Defending on their 5m line a kick to clear was eventually run back by McCormack for No 10 McLaughran to get the second try. Woodbridge held their nerve and countered through Yorke, Bowman, Steward and some great kicking from Lloyd for Barton to kick three points but the half ended with second row Walliker scoring from a line-out.

Cantabs continued to control the game from the re-start, their practiced pack reloaded the attack from rucks and gained many metres in the maul. This forced penalties from the home side, one of which was exploited by flanker James 4 mins in. Minutes later they repeated the tactic, mauling over halfway and forcing another penalty for collapsing the maul before front row Searle scored the pack’s deserved third try. Woodbridge gathered themselves in the last quarter and threatened in the visitors danger zone with some imaginative play from scrum half Complido Bruce putting their backs into play and Cooke picking and driving. Frustratingly however the Cantabs ruck was faultless and denied Woodbridge much third or fourth phase play and too often gave backs like Willder a good run out of trouble and into attack. Despite attempts at both ends the game ended Cantab’s by 28 points. Woodbridge will take heart, it was 53 last time.

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