Our opponents for Saturday - Cambridge

By noibla
April 28 2017

Cambridge r.f.c. our hosts for the final match in the 2016 - 17 season were formed in 1923 and currently play at Grantchester Road in the Newnham area of Cambridge where they have played since the 1950's, running three senior sides and three junior sides, an organized club it seems for what looks like a traditional rugby club providing rugby for all ages in the area. They are another club that hace been able to take advantage of an opportunity to buy the lease on existing pitches and further land from Kings College in the 1990's to accomodate those teams.

Cambridge joined the league structure in 1988 finally gaining promotion to National One for the 2016 - 17 season, they are currently in thirteenth position on 58 points from a playing record of 8 - 1 - 20 from their 29 games so far and can look froward to consolidate their position for next season having a seven point cushion over Blaydon in fifteenth place with their squad of 41 players this season and a sixteen strong management team whilst building for the future.

For our part tomorrow our final objective for this season is to collect the remaining points that will equal or better those scored by Richmond last time around when they were promoted to the Championship so a win will give us one more point than Richmond and of course maintain our current run of twelve consecutive wins, come on the lads.

Looking ahead to next season it will be interesting to keep an eye on the Championship with both Richmond and Hartpury joining their ranks in the last two years and with Richmond, to their credit, ahead of Rotherham this season. And because of the troubles experienced by London Welsh this season ending in their being expelled from the Championship, it means that if things go to plan for us next season we could have at least two recent members of Nat One in that league for another year and possibly three if all goes well, is this something of a sea change I wonder, what do you think?

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Our opponents for Saturday - Cambridge
Posted by: Unofficial Plymouth Albion (IP Logged)
Date: 28/04/2017 09:25

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Re: Our opponents for Saturday - Cambridge
Posted by: ianbol (IP Logged)
Date: 28/04/2017 12:47

Nice one, noibla.

Re: Our opponents for Saturday - Cambridge
Posted by: stonehousealbion (IP Logged)
Date: 28/04/2017 14:23

I think Cambridge could actually be a bit more of a handful than Blackheath last week. While we're well fancied to win overall, the most successful of this season's promotees have pulled in more 4T BPs than us ("Blood and Sand" = 18; PARFC = 16). Plus they've got a points diff well ahead of their neighbours in the lower half of Nat 1.

Nothing the boys aren't capable of, of course - but they'll have to be on the case from the off. Weather conditions lack the sunshine of last Sat's try fest, but are still pretty good:

BBC Weather

I think they've had a little more rain than us of late. (The Well Hall pitch was actually starting to harden up last week.)

Team is up:

PARFC Official

Harrison Cully (who failed a late fitness test a week ago) is down to start on the wing and Cam should be back at 9. Plus the usual rotations up front and on the bench. We'll see at 3pm tomorrow...

Can we pull off the baker's dozen and the informal league points target? I reckon there is no shortage of end of season fire in their hearts and if everyone stays as motivated as they have been recently both in defence and attack, we should be able to scoop a final 0-5 win to round off a great season.

Go for it, boys - and make us proud!

Come cheer up, my lads - 'tis to glory we steer!

Re: Our opponents for Saturday - Cambridge
Posted by: Dewnansek (IP Logged)
Date: 28/04/2017 19:31

The team is up on the offy site.


Looks like a great team. No sitting back and taking it easy!!

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