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Cambridge University come out on top against Cambridge Rugby Club in Town versus Gown encounter





Head coach James Shanahan was pleased with the way his Cambridge University players acquitted themselves during last week’s Town versus Gown encounter.

The students ran out 40-15 winners over a Cambridge Rugby Club development side at Grange Road, where ex-England international Toby Flood, who earned 60 senior caps, skippered the side.

Shanahan said: “The scoreline was pretty one-sided but it was actually a closer game than it suggests.

Cambridge University v Cambridge Rugby Club at Grange Road in Town v Gown fixture on October 5, 2022. Picture: Chris Fell
Cambridge University v Cambridge Rugby Club at Grange Road in Town v Gown fixture on October 5, 2022. Picture: Chris Fell

“Cambridge were very physical up front and that was the sort of test we needed.

“We struggled at times because we have a young and very inexperienced pack but they gave it everything and you can’t ask for more.

“We also played an expansive and fast-paced game when we got the chance, which was pleasing to see, and our kick and chase game was very good.

Cambridge University v Cambridge Rugby Club at Grange Road in Town v Gown fixture on October 5, 2022. Picture: Chris Fell
Cambridge University v Cambridge Rugby Club at Grange Road in Town v Gown fixture on October 5, 2022. Picture: Chris Fell

“The second half became a little bit disjointed after both sides made changes but overall it was a good performance.

“The signs are pleasing but it’s not about how we are now, it’s about how we look come the Varsity match in March. That is what we are working towards and it’s going well.”

On Monday, the Light Blues lost 26-10 against a Bishop’s Stortford development side. They will return to action on Wednesday, October 26 at Grange Road against British Police.



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