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Cambridge Rugby Club's players challenged to show improvements despite running in double-figure number of tries against Hull





Despite seeing his side run in 10 tries in Saturday’s 66-10 home win over Hull, Cambridge’s director of rugby Richie Williams was far from satisfied.

Williams was particularly disappointed with the way his side performed while out of possession, just as he was during the previous weekend’s loss to fellow National League 1 promotion hunters Rams.

Speaking on the Richie and Jacko Podcast ahead of this weekend's home derby clash against Bishop's Stortford, Williams said: “It’s a result that we needed after last week.

Matt Hema was among the tries against Hull. Picture: Keith Heppell
Matt Hema was among the tries against Hull. Picture: Keith Heppell

“We wanted to target five points and that will have helped our points difference, but equally we’re disappointed with some things in that second half – namely our discipline which has become an issue.

“We spoke a lot around the last 20 minutes last week and our ill discipline and poor decision making when we didn’t have the ball.

“I was pretty disappointed we saw the same again today so we’ve got to ask some pretty harsh questions around why we’re not transferring some of the things we talk about during the week. We need to be better at that against teams that are higher up the league than Hull (because) we will get punished.

The division's leading try scorer Kwaku Asiedu dotted down twice. Picture: Keith Heppell
The division's leading try scorer Kwaku Asiedu dotted down twice. Picture: Keith Heppell

“We played a lot of that game with 13 or 14 men on the pitch and you’re making things very difficult for yourself.

“We conceded two tries when we had 13 players on the pitch and that’s something we’re in control of irrespective of what we feel like the quality of the officiating was today.

“We’ll need to be better than what we were today to get the result that we want.

“We’ve got to be more disciplined when we don’t have the ball. We’re very comfortable when opposition teams have got the ball when we remain disciplined. I think we put ourselves under stress when we give away those penalties in the middle third and then when teams get into good areas of the pitch and into our 22, that’s where we need to work a little bit harder.

Billy Walker drives forward with the ball. Picture: Keith Heppell
Billy Walker drives forward with the ball. Picture: Keith Heppell

“I’m pretty satisfied with the collisions, the physicality in defence today, but if we talk about momentum, we lost a lot of that when we gave away back-to-back penalties and that’s something that hurt us really badly last week (against Rams).”

On a more positive note in-form winger Kwaku Asiedu dotted down on two more occasions, taking his try tally for the campaign to 20 – three clear of his nearest rival for the division’s top prize.

Williams added: “I think he’s up to 20 tries now and he’s set himself a target to try to get to 30, or north of 30, which will take some doing.

“He’s been really good for us this season. He’s a natural try scorer and he worked really hard off his wing today, something that we ask all our wingers to do.

“He brings that degree of physicality when he does carry the ball and he takes a lot of stopping. What happens as a result of that is it gives us more space to play in the next phase. I’m really pleased with the way that he’s going.”

Ben Brownlie was also on top form with a hat-trick of tries while Matt Hema (2), Kieran Frost, Corey Lewis and Anthony Maka were also on the scoresheet.



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