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Cambridge Rugby Club leave themselves too much to do in RFU Championship defeat to Coventry

Cambridge Rugby Club are still awaiting their first victory as a RFU Championship club after Saturday’s 33-19 defeat at home against Coventry.

It was ultimately a case of the hosts leaving themselves with too much of a mountain to climb during the second half, having headed into the break trailing 19-0.

Two more converted tries within the opening five minutes after the restart put Coventry further in command before Cambridge responded with attacking intent.

Ewan Richards. Picture: Chris Fell
Ewan Richards. Picture: Chris Fell

Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins and Elias Caven all ran in tries – the latter taking his tally for the campaign to six in the process.

Summer signing Caven’s try return this term is only bettered by two players, with Bedford Blues’ Sean French currently leading the way courtesy of his eight tries.

Meanwhile, the clash at Ellgia Fields marked Cambridge debuts for Kieran Verden, ex-England Under-20 captain Ewan Richards and Nahum Merigan.

Jamie Benson. Picture: Chris Fell
Jamie Benson. Picture: Chris Fell

All three players have joined the club on dual registration deals from Gallagher Premiership Rugby outfit Bath.

Bottom-of-the-table Cambridge will seek to end their wait for a victory on Saturday (December 23) when they travel to face the side directly above them in the standings – London Scottish.

The home side, who have won once this season, are two points better off than Cambridge.

And director of rugby and head coach Richie Williams is eager to see his Cambridge side break their duck.

Ben Adams made his 100th appearance for Cambridge. Picture: Chris Fell
Ben Adams made his 100th appearance for Cambridge. Picture: Chris Fell

“I think it’s always been about that London Scottish game,” Williams told the club’s social media channels. “It’s going to be really important to see where we’re at as a group.

“It will provide a good barometer to see how much progress that we’ve made since the start of that Premiership Cup.

“We talk a lot about growing our game, both from an attack and defensive perspective, and we feel that next week will be a good opportunity to go to London Scottish and hopefully pick up some points and our first win at this level.”

More than 2,000 people watched last weekend’s loss to Coventry, and Williams is hopeful that some of those will also take in the London Scottish game.

He added: “Based on the last time that we played away against Nottingham, to have that level of travelling support makes a huge difference. I’d ask anybody to come down to Richmond to watch the game.”

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