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Your News Blaydon 24 - Cambridge 54

Unlike the setback of 7 days earlier this defeat at the hands of a team still with aspirations to win promotion was not entirely unexpected, but Blaydon will still be disappointed by the manner of their first half capitulation.

With 13 straight wins behind them Cambridge oozed confidence from the start and flanker Dan Legge touched down the first of their 8 tries after just 3 minutes.

All seemed not lost however when Blaydon pushed them off their own scrum ball 10 minutes later and were awarded a penalty try when they had a drive on at the 4th short scrum in quick succession. Rory Clegg added the points to level the scores but that was to be the end of the home challenge for the rest of the half.

Pressure at the other end found the Blaydon pack just as vulnerable in retreat, another penalty try the outcome, and then the floodgates opened.

Adam Barnard, Legge and Jim Shanahan ran through at will, with full-back Ben Patstow on target with all the conversions, he was to have only one failure, and at the break it was a sorry looking scoreline of 7-35.

Flanker Peter Browne romped in for an early Blaydon try after the restart, but a second yellow card and some woeful tackling let in Dan Hunter and Chris Lombard twice to make it 14-54 and Blaydon were dead and buried with time running out.

Against all the odds however Andrew Baggott broke up-field to send in Brendan Daniel in the 80th minute, to be followed by stand-in scrum half Scott Riddell 4 minutes into injury time.

Somehow Blaydon had conjured up a 4 try bonus point - and how important might that turn out to be as the relegation battle unfolds.

John Brennan.

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