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Cambridge Rugby Club one bonus point victory away from National League 1 title and place in the RFU Championship

After months of putting their bodies on the line, travelling up and down the country and being stretched to their very limits, it all comes down to 80 minutes of action for Cambridge Rugby Club and their group of players.

Last weekend’s 31-10 win at Plymouth Albion means that another bonus point victory on Saturday (April 29) at home against Birmingham Moseley will see Cambridge crowned National League 1 champions - as well as securing a place in the Championship for the first time in the club’s history.

Anything less and it will be Rams, who have finished their campaign, that will be celebrating.

Cambridge Rugby Club are one bonus point win away from being crowned National League 1 champions. Picture: Chris Fell
Cambridge Rugby Club are one bonus point win away from being crowned National League 1 champions. Picture: Chris Fell

But while director of rugby Richie Williams is not shying away from the significance of the fixture, it will still be very much business as usual for his side.

Williams said: “It’s the same objective as always for us and that’s to get a bonus point victory.

“We know there will be more noise from the outside about this one, a big crowd and all eyes are going to be on us.

“There’s obviously a certain amount of pressure on us but the challenge to the players is to embrace it and enjoy it.

“We deserve to be in this position and now there’s one more game. Nothing changes. There’s never been complacency and there won’t be now.”

Cambridge head into the weekend on the back of an impressive performance down in Devon.

Hosting Plymouth have conceded the least points at home this term out of all the teams in the division, while just two of their defeats prior to the match had come on their own patch.

Williams added: “It’s a massive achievement. Obviously the win was everything but the manner in which we played was the most pleasing thing.

“They don’t concede many points at home and it’s quite a hostile place to play because they’re one of the best supported teams in the league.

“It really enhances the result and it was a case of job done.”

As for this weekend’s visitors, Williams is wary of the threat that they will pose.

“They beat us earlier in the season so we won’t take them lightly,” he said.

“They have one of the most talented squads on paper and a lot of experience.

“They’re a dangerous beast with no pressure on them. They’ll want to spoil the party and so we need to be ready.”

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