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Cambridge run in seven tries against Taunton Titans to continue winning start to new National League One season





The early-season Cambridge Rugby Club bandwagon showed no signs of letting up today as they ran out 39-14 winners over Taunton Titans at Volac Park.

The hosts, who went into the encounter having won their previous two National League One outings this term, ran in seven tries on what turned out to be a relatively straightforward afternoon's work for Richie Williams' charges.

After a scrappy opening period Cambridge broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when Scott Lloyd found debutant Rian Hamilton and after showing his opposite number a clean pair of heels he went over in the corner. Steff James – making his third appearance for the club – was off target with the conversion and that was to be the source of much frustration for the number 10 for much of the fixture.

Cambridge, pictured in action against Plymouth earlier this season, ran out winners over Taunton this afternoon. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge, pictured in action against Plymouth earlier this season, ran out winners over Taunton this afternoon. Picture: Keith Heppell

Five minutes later Kwaku Asiedu stretched just enough to ground the ball wide on the left – James again missing the conversion – before some good patience from Cambridge saw them shift their opponents from one side to the other with Corey Lewis eventually dotting down for a well worked try in the 25th minute.

James sent the kick wide of the posts and his frustration was clear to see as he clapped both hands together and berated himself.

Greg Kitson got Taunton off the mark in the 31st minute after some good footwork from Frankie Dart, who made no mistake with the subsequent conversion.

However, the reaction from Cambridge was positive and by the 34th minute they had already sealed the try bonus point courtesy of Kieran Frost, with James off target.

Within eight minutes of the restart new boy Hamilton secured himself the man-of-the-match award when he touched down under the posts and on this occasion James – from a central position – got the job done.

A second converted try from the away side in the 55th minute was a warning to Cambridge of the threat that they still posed but a couple of tries from Willie Priestley in the 66th and 76th minute – both of which were made possible by the home team's powerful forward line – ended any lingering tension.

Next Saturday Cambridge face the long trip to the north east to take on Darlington Mowden Park.



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