Cambridge test awaits Caldy
Another demanding away challenge is in store for Caldy this week.
They travel down to Cambridge looking for another mid table scalp to further establish themselves
in national league division one, creating a gap between themselves and their opponents who lie just
two points behind.
The gap could have been more.
Yet a 30-14 defeat away to Ampthill last week left Caldy taking no points home with them; a
respectful and by no means shameful result away to third place Ampthill.
However the expectation from the players is now of a high standard and backrow Harrison Crowe
admits there was an element of frustration.
“Ampthill were lacking their Tongan players in the pack and we felt we could capitalise on that,” he
“But sadly with these top teams, the players they bring in are just as good. It was a tough one to
swallow, we weren’t at the races and we were all disappointed when we left the field.
“Our standard is driven by ourselves, we’re a young group of players and we want to make sure we
are established within this league.
In order to establish, Caldy know it’s the teams around them they must beat.
Cambridge, like Caldy, are in fine form at home and have recently recorded impressive wins against
Plymouth and Ampthill.
“They have a handy pack, a big group of lads” Crowe explained.
“Their backline were dangerous last time we played. We weren’t at our very best when they came
here, but we know what can happen when we are.
It was in a frustrating 16-20 defeat at Paton Field with defensive errors rife throughout the game and
Cambridge outside centre Albert Portsmouth took full advantage scoring two tries.
Since then the addition of Joe Doyle has tightened up Caldy’s backline defensively, as well as adding
huge firepower in the centres.
The game did see an outstanding individual performance to remember from Ben Jones whose
formidable move to scrum-half continues to reap rewards; especially defensively around the
The challenge is welcomed as Caldy look to bounce back from the frustration of Ampthill and bring
home the points from Cambridge.
Head coach Simon Verbickas has selected the following squad to face Cambridge:
WHITTAKER, HEARN, SALISBURY, GERRARD, SANDERS, COLLISTER, CROWE, DICKINSON, JONES,
HAYES, HIBBERD, JONES, DOYLE, BANKS, ROBERTS SUBS: CONCU, STAGG, WEIR, DIXON, OTUTAHA
The 2 nd XV are also away this Saturday at Fylde where they had an epic battle with the Fylde Hawks
earlier in the season as the sides played out a 17 all draw in tough conditions. Last Friday night, Caldy
2 nd XV played away at Waterloo on a fantastic pitch and after a close fought first half the 2 nd XV
kicked into gear in the second half and ran in 50 points. The win sees them advance to the Cup semi
final for the second successive year where they play Chester as well as picking up five league points.
The Colts sides as well as the Minis and Juniors were all training last weekend as it was the start of
the half term holidays. This Sunday, the Minis are at home against Whitchurch in the Under 7s 8s 9s
and the Under 10s, 11s and 12s are away to the same opposition. The Under 13s and 15s face
Bowdon at home, the Under 14s are on tour to Bath and the Under 16s are training at home as
Bowdon are away on tour themselves.
Don’t forget that this weekend at home the Six Nations games will be shown live on the big screen
and the kitchen will be open.
Wherever you are this weekend please enjoy your rugby!!!