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Poppy Elliot helps Cambridge Rubies under-15s to sparkling win

By Cambridge Independent Reporter

Ellis Desborough on his way to scoring for Cambridge under-16s
Ellis Desborough on his way to scoring for Cambridge under-16s

And there were also victories for the boys' under-14 and under-16 teams

Poppy Elliot touched down four tries as Cambridge Rubies under-15s clinched a 34-14 win over a combined Bedford Junior Blues & Ampthill side.

Playing on the first-team pitch, the Rubies put on a display of running rugby with Elliot’s excellent support play and running lines helping her to the four tries.

Solid tackling, counter-rucking and turnovers kept Bedford & Ampthill at bay, as the match was more even in terms of territory than the 24-0 half-time score suggests.

Kacey Tuck and Aaliyah Mulhall got tries in the second half, while Maya Collinson finished with two conversions, as Bedford & Ampthill’s pick-and-go game got them forward with good effect for two converted tries.

Cambridge under-16s sealed a 43-10 Cambs County Cup win over Wisbech.

A long-range penalty gave Wisbech the lead, and after dominating possession and territory, the floodgates opened for Cambridge at the end of the half with Miles Warren-Green, Daniel Mhlanga, Luca Vicini and Manolo Niembro touching down and Archie Creighton kicking three conversions for a 26-3 lead.

After half time, Wisbech got a converted try but Cambridge began to dominate and well-taken tries from Ellis Desborough, Finlo Banarse and a second for Mhlanga, converted by Tom Sandercock, sealed Cambridge’s win.

Cambridge under-14s defeated a tough St Ives team 32-12.

After a slow start, Cambridge’s pressure told as they broke down a tough defence to lead 17-0 at half-time.

Daniel Kember finished with a hat-trick of tries, a well-worked backs move saw Ilyas Haidour cross the line, Jamie Chapman finished off good work from the pack and Lewis Moat did likewise for the backs to complete the win.


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