Haverhill breeze into next round of cup
By Jim Morgan at Volac Park, Cambridge on Wednesday, 8th October 2014.
CAMBRIDGE INTERMEDIATE CUP: Cambridge Exiles 3 Haverhill 34. Match report.
With a few players playing out of position in key positions, there was a potential for slip-up, but the work on the training ground was showing through.
Due to commitments making some of the front row late, the talented Julian North stepped up to the plate to prop for the first half.
On five minutes, Adam Hunt, playing to the whistle, kept a loose ball in touch, flicked it on in field, gathered and scored for 0-5. The conversion slipped wide.
The scrum was performing well and line-out ball was going well, where the only criticism would be the speed of ball to the fast backs Haverhill turn out each week.
It was from a push forward on 15 minutes that back Lewis Catterick broke out and scored for 0-10.
From the restart, Haverhill gave a silly penalty in front of the posts and The Exiles capitalised for 3-10.
Play was evenly matched but Cambridge never looked like breaking out with Ricki Brown and Adam Stephenson causing havoc to the Cambridge back row and the Haverhill three-quarter line looking dangerous at all times.
With 5 minutes to the whistle Kieran Ewens showed his class with a good penalty kick for 3-13 at the turn.
On 45 minutes, a nice quick ball from a good turnover saw Hunt crash over for his second try and, again, Ewens converting a brilliant kick for 3-20.
Stalwart and veteran Paul Bergin could not resist getting on the scorecard when, after a lovely piece of back play he carried four defenders 15 metres and scored for 3-27 after the successful Ewens kick.
With Lester Cusey coming on for Joe Brown, he was gifted his first try for the senior team when the selfless Ewens laid off the ball for 3-32 and then slotted a difficult kick for 3-34.
With the newly formed supporters club turning out 30 on the line, this was a good performance and keeps Haverhill unbeaten for the year.
There were a number of good performances, but for an understated work ethic and tackling, Brodie Patrick picked up the supporters club man of match award.
Life will not be as easy next week with The Old Cantabrians visiting the Castle Field for a 3pm kick-off. Club open from 1pm.
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