Kieran Hatter helps earn Shelford draw with Cambridge
Late try seals share of spoils
Kieran Hatter scored seven late points as Shelford colts earned a 41-41 draw with derby rivals Cambridge.
Shelford made a good start to the game with Charlie Colebrook touching down the opening try after five minutes.
Cambridge replied immediately, but Shelford went 12-7 in front when Jack Heylen outpaced the defence.
On 20 minutes, Cambridge grabbed an unconverted try to draw level, and they scored again to lead 17-12 at half time.
Shelford were back on equal terms when their fly-half scored out wide, and they returned the kick off with good support play for Luca Martinelli to touch down for 22-17.
Four minutes later, Heylen gathered a miss-pass and got the ball wide to Ed Hughes to beat the cover defence to score in the corner for 27-17.
Cambridge scored two tries in five minutes to edge 29-27 ahead, and then from the kick-off they extended their advantage with another try.
Shelford pegged it back to 34-34 when Heylen raced on to a kick ahead to touch down.
Cambridge edged back in front with a converted try, but with 20 seconds remaining, Hatter took a tap penalty to break through a tackle to score, and then earned Shelford the draw by landing his third conversion.
Rory Webster led the way as Shelford under-16s sealed a 29-12 friendly win over Cambridge.
He charged down an attempted kick to get the opening try after two minutes, which was converted by Jack Biard.
Captain Oscar Bayley crashed over to extend the lead to 12-0 after 15 minutes and in the second half, James Groser skipped through some tackles for the next try, with Biard converting.
Cambridge touched down before Pim Remijn replied for Shelford to make it 24-7.
After Cambridge scored again, Ollie Jury jinked over to complete Shelford’s victory.
Ben Smith set Shelford under-13s on their way to a 50-15 victory over Cambridge.
Cambridge started on the front foot, but Harry Chatter’s interception started the move for Smith’s score. Cambridge then got two tries.
Shelford learned from their mistakes, putting pressure on Cambridge with some excellent line speed as they went on to score five tries to lead 30-10 going into the third quarter.
Shelford scored four more before Cambridge struck again.