Fraser Gillies guides Light Blues to win over Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 23:11 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:25 04 October 2016

Town and Gown rugby match at Grange Road, Cambridge. Fraser Gillies   Picture: Keith Heppell

Town and Gown rugby match at Grange Road, Cambridge. Fraser Gillies Picture: Keith Heppell

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Gillies kick give students the edge

Fraser Gillies landed the crucial penalty that secured Cambridge University a 29-26 win over Cambridge in the annual Town versus Gown match.

In an entertaining but stop-start game, there was little to choose between the two sides in what was the Light Blues’ second fixture of the season, against a young but strong city side.

The students’ line was given a good test in the first half as Cambridge’s trademark running game came to the fore, and both clubs will have been pleased to see examinations of the structures that they had in place.

The hosts, however, will need to learn some quick lessons on how not to get on the wrong side of the referee as five penalties in the first five minutes eventually led to Tom Stanley being sin-binned.

Within three minutes, Cambridge had the lead as a pass was looped wide from a forward-moving scrum for Mike Stanway to touch down.

However, Greg White was then shown a yellow card for Cambridge for a careless tackle.

A catch and drive from a line-out, which again worked well for the university, led to Stanley touching down to make amends for his earlier yellow, and Gillies added the conversion.

But Cambridge had the lead at half time as off the second phase from a line-out Chayse Tyler touched down, and Roddy Giles converted to make it 12-7.

They extended their lead at the start of the second half as a spectacular recovery catch from Adrian Enright on the ground saw him flick up a pass for Stanway to get his second try, which was converted by Giles.

The university then mounted a comeback as Lola Erogbogbo finished off a catch and drive from a line-out.

Gillies then cut through the visitors’ defence on a nice line and had Rory Triniman in support, who in turn drew the last man before putting in Seb Tullie to race clear and touch down, with Gillies adding the extras.

Five minutes later, Brian Du Toit scythed through the defence to score beneath the posts, and Gillies kick made it 26-19.

But Cambridge fought back to make it 26-26 after 70 minutes as Tom Reed picked up at the base of a scrum, and then put Simon Johnson away to touch down, with Giles converting.

So it was left to Gillies to earn the university the win by landing a 75th-minute penalty.

Cambridge University: Griffiths; Daives, Triniman, Phillips, Lare Erogbogbo; Gillies, Balfour; Briggs, Hugkulstone, Moros, Bond, Hunter, Stanley, Du Toit, Dass.

Replacements: Dean, Dixon, Rose, Lola Erogbogbo, Bartholomew, Tullie, Girling.

Cambridge: Enright; Collard, Petrides, White, Stanway; Giles, Jones; Ibrahim, Tyler, Coutts, Copeland, Schoeman, Rawlings, Johnson, Reed.

Replacements: Rigby, Moynaham, Baxter, Trotter, McKibbin, Jones, Worrall-Jones.

Referee: Peter Caunt:

Sin bin: Cambridge University – Stanley (technical offence) 5; Cambridge – White (foul play) 13.

Scorers: 8min Stanway try (0-5), 30 Hunter try – Gillies con (7-5), 39 Tyler try – Giles con (5-12), 42 Stanway try – Giles con (7-19), 48 Lola Erogbogbo try (12-19), 51 Tullie try – Gillies con (19-19), 56 Du Toit try – Gillies con (26-19), 70 Johnson try – Giles con (26-26), 75 Gillies pen (29-26).

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