Cantabrigian's pack power helps to secure victory over Ely Tigers in London Leagues
The power of the Cantabrigian pack came into play as they maintained their impressive winning run by beating Ely Tigers 24-17 in London League Three, Eastern Counties.
The hosts took the lead after five minutes, bursting through two missed tackles to touch down in the corner.
Cantabs went on the attack, and a long, missed pass from James Hayward found Ben Newman on the left wing, racing around the defence to get their first try and make it 5-5.
Will Rix was sin-binned for Cantabs, and while they were a man light, Ely got their second try out wide.
Captain Danny Richards was then sin-binned for a technical offence and Cantabs finished their worst half of the season trailing 10-5.
Early in the second half, Ely had a player red-carded.
Richards’ return gave Cantabs the numerical advantage and scrum-half Ollie Townsend picked up from the back of a scrum to go over for their second try to level the scores.
A loose ball was hacked on by the Ely winger and he won the race to touch down, with the conversion making it 17-10 to the hosts.
A couple of scrums on the line saw Cantabs push their opponents back, and Ely were penalised for wheeling the set piece, giving the visitors a penalty try to make it 17-17.
With Hayward calling the tune for Cantabs, they kicked for touch from a penalty to set up a spell of pressure in Ely territory.
It resulted in Ely deliberately wheeling another scrum, and a second penalty try awarded to Cantabs for the bonus point and the win.