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Cambridge Rugby Club looking to hunt down Rams in National League 1 title race

Director of rugby Richie Williams has encouraged his Cambridge players to only focus on themselves during the remainder of the National League 1 title race.

Williams’ second-placed side were unable to get the try bonus point in Saturday’s 17-12 victory at Cinderford, which in turn saw table-topping Rams stretch their lead at the summit to seven points.

Both teams have seven fixtures remaining and rather than be fixated on the prospect of the leaders dropping points, Williams is keen to see Cambridge concentrate on their own performances.

Cambridge are trying to chase down league-leading Rams. Picture: Chris Fell
Cambridge are trying to chase down league-leading Rams. Picture: Chris Fell

“We’ve been in positions this season like second, third and even fourth where we’re looking at the teams above us and we’ve had to hunt them down,” he said.

“As a group with our mentality I think that it really suits us that way.

“All we can do is concentrate on our own performances and make sure we pick up a win each weekend. We need to approach every Saturday as if it was a cup final.

“There is still plenty of rugby left to be played and looking at the fixture list I’m hopeful.

“Rams still have to play the likes of Sale and Cinderford which aren’t easy games and so we have to make sure we’re ready to pounce if the chance comes.

“The only way to do that is to make sure we keep winning – we don’t have control over what else happens.”

Cambridge will aim to keep themselves in contention for the top prize on Saturday when they welcome fourth-placed Rosslyn Park to Grantchester Road.

And Williams is anticipating another closely fought encounter.

He added: “It’s going to be another tough one for us and we’ll have to be well prepared.

“One thing we wanted to do this season to get ourselves in the running for top spot was improve our away form, which we’ve done, but it’s also important we keep winning at home.

“Rosslyn Park are a very good side. They’ve probably spent more money than any other side in terms of recruitment so they won’t be happy with where they are, but they’ll be dangerous.

“To be honest there is not much between the top five sides in the division.”

Williams is set to have long-serving lock Gareth Baxter available for selection again after he had been unavailable for the previous two fixtures.

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