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Richie Williams' joy after Cambridge bonus-point win over Esher

Cambridge RUFC v Esher, Cambridge Rugby Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell. (6475007)
Cambridge RUFC v Esher, Cambridge Rugby Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell. (6475007)

Richie Williams believes Cambridge's 28-20 win over fellow National League One strugglers will give his players the confidence they need to pull further away from the relegation zone.

The win was only the third time this season that Cambridge have scored four tries, but a solid performance from the forwards established a platform for a strong attacking display.

"It was a much-needed win and much-needed five points," said head coach Williams.

"It was a really significant result to pull us up the table, and it will give the players a bit of self-belief that we can score four tries in a game and secure that bonus point. I'm really pleased with the players' application."

Williams continued: "We're at that stage of the season where every point is significant. The league this year is very unpredictable, with the teams at the bottom beating teams near the top. Every week we have to repeat that level of performance and commitment."

Cambridge had to recover from a 13-7 deficit at half time and Williams put the team's comeback down to their positive mentality and determined approach to get he result they needed.

"We kept our composure and took our opportunities," he said.

"We've lost some close games this season but the players showed really good resilience to come back from 13-7. That should give the players confidence that when we're in this kind of position we're good enough to take our chances."

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