Charlie Amesbury lauds squad depth at Cambridge University RUFC
LX Club players stepping up to the mark
Charlie Amesbury has been given a silver lining in a difficult run for Cambridge University.
The Light Blues captain has seen his squad decimated by injuries this Michaelmas Term, but while that may have hampered continuity, it has brought others to the fore.
And with four weeks until the Varsity Match at Twickenham on December 7, it could end up giving the full-back some selection dilemmas.
With resources stretched, players have been making the step up from the LX Club and the same was true last week as the university earned their first win of the season, beating Moseley 27-24.
“It sounds boring, but our defence really won the game,” said Amesbury. “In the last few games, we’ve always had spirit there and that’s the one thing we definitely have had.
“Things haven’t gone that well technically, but in terms of the boys putting in the intensity, it’s always been there.
“That earned us the win against Moseley. They were messy tries but because we put in a great defensive set – they knocked the ball on, we kicked ahead, we scored – it was one of those gritty days that I think the boys can be proud of.”
Next up for the Light Blues is a clash against Crawshays Welsh XV tonight (Wednesday, November 8) at Grange Road, kick off 7.30pm, and with a number of more established players set to return, it could make naming the side difficult.
“We’ve had a really tough start to the season and we’re hoping with these games coming ahead – we’ve got some difficult ones coming up – I think we’re starting to get some players coming back,” said Amesbury.
“We’re starting to see some real potential from the LX that have been promoted up; they are putting their hands up and have got the standard.
“It’s going to be really competitive now and hopefully, with that win, the momentum has swung our way.
“What Jim Ashworth has done with the LX this year, with John Naylor, Rich [Candlin] and a couple of the other coaches’ help has been amazing.
“We’ve got a really competitive LX team this year and that’s why it’s been easy to bring those boys up.
“We’ve got a good new crop of players in, but then the boys from last year have really developed on and they are really knocking on the door and are hungry.
“So it’s been great for me because we have been struggling with injuries, but we’ve been happy with everyone that’s been picked to play in the team.”
He added: “We have a few players back so it might get a bit spicy in training, but now we’ve got the win they’ve put their hat in the ring.
“And it will give us a headache, but a headache is what we need at the moment.”