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Cardinals 31 v 15 Rushden & Higham 2 - Home League on 31 Mar 2018

Published on Monday, 2 April 2018

St Neots Cardinals started well in this home fixture but despite some very good opening work by both forwards and backs, after 20 minutes they found themselves behind to a R&H penalty. But the Cardinals hit back almost immediately when after a solid scrum on the halfway line, No. 8 Phill Fernie picked up and broke away down the blind-side, drew the R&H winger before passing outside to skipper and scrum-half Will Smith who ran the remaining 40 meters to score his teams opening try.
A strong R&H team then came back with a try of their own despite some hard defensive tackling from young forwards Finn Martin and Kieran Arber and backs Lewis Medlow and George Osbourne, which could not prevent R&H going into the break leading 8 – 5.
And R&H went further ahead after the break with a converted try, before the Cardinals side really stepped up a gear to take the game away from their opponents. Hard yards gained by the front five, supported by an impressive performance from the flankers Dave Gamble and Aedan Pearsall managed to get the Cardinals into the R&H 22 where they won a line-out. Hooker Finn Martin found Pearsall at the line-out and a well organised catch and drive by the forwards saw the Cardinals power drive them over the R&H goal-line where Finn Martin managed to touch down.
Straight from the restart the Cardinals made their way back into the R&H half and from the base of the resulting ruck, Smith gave quick ball to young fly-half James Spooner who quickly moved the ball to centre Lewis Hall and a long pass from Hall to young winger Tom Palmer put the pacey winger in space an he raced away untouched to score under the posts and finally take back the lead. And 5 minutes later backs Spooner and Jack Webb combined to put the other Cardinals winger Harry Robinson in space and Robinson raced in to score and extend the lead.
With Cardinals now applying all the pressure, a rushed kick out of defence by R&H was picked up by full back Martin Bazley who ran at the R&H line before passing to Tom Palmer who was in close support and following a telling gain-line break by Palmer, the quick winger then found Dan Court on half-way and strong running Court beat three more defenders to run in and score under the posts for Cardinals 5th and final try.
Lewis Hall kicked 3 conversions

Team Joel Atkins, Finn Martin, Josh Lofty, Kieran ARBER, Andy Taylor, David GAMBLE, Aedan PEARSALL, Pete Arnold, Will Smith, James Spooner, Lewis Medlow, James DAW, Alisdair Paterson, Tom BEECH

Subs Tom Palmer, Lewis Hall, Dan COURT, Jack Webb, Nick Ashford, Martin BAZLEY, Phillip Fernie, Oliver FRESTLE, Mark BALLARD

Scores T: Will Smith (1), Dan COURT (1), Finn Martin (1), Tom Palmer (1) C: Lewis Hall (3)

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