Pete Collins touches down twice as Cantabrigian avoid the drop
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 April 2018
Four wins in six helps Cantabs keep London League 2NE place
Cantabrigian completed a marvellous escape from relegation by beating Old Cooperians 36-28 on the final day of the London League 2NE season.
It was the reverse fixture from the opening day of the campaign, when Cantabs lost 62-12, but their opponents were sitting bottom of the table and the losers were definitely going to be relegated.
Huge efforts had been made to get the game on despite the soggy conditions, and they were rewarded as Tom Bailey touched down the opening try for Cantabs after three minutes.
Rich Ford got the second score, which was converted by James Hayward, but it stirred Old Cooperians into action, and a converted try made it 12-7.
Cantabs increased their lead to 19-7 by half time, with Pete Collins touching down from a 5m scrum and Nick Denham adding the extras.
The first score of the second half was also a try for Collins, after some neat inter-passing, and Hayward booted the conversion to make it 24-7.
Matt Houlden then intercepted a cross-field kick in his own 22 to race clear and touch down, with Hayward converting for 31-7, but Cooperians mounted a comeback with two converted tries to make it 31-21.
With five minutes remaining, Ollie Blackmuir finished a move from a scrum to give Cantabs breathing space.
Cooperians scored a converted try with the last play of the game, but it was the hosts who sealed their fourth win in six games to preserve their 2N status, and the visitors who were relegated.