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Your News Cambridge 42 - Blaydon 31

In an 11 try thriller Blaydon scored the opener and were later to add another 4 but in between allowed the home side far too much leeway and failed to make best use of their own possession.

Gavin Jones scored for them in the 5th minute, racing clear from his own half, but generally they were poor at the line-outs and Cambridge hit back with scores from Darren Fox and then No8 Dave Archer, both efforts converted by Tom Wheatcroft who was to have a 100% record, improving all 6 home scores.

Blaydon stemmed the flow when they broke out of their own 22 for Kevin McShane to score from long distance, Elliott O'Brien converting, but were then hit by a double whammy in the closing minutes of the half. Will Martin, the flying Cambridge right-wing crossing the line twice in quick succession to give his side a deserved 16 point advantage at the break.

Within seconds of the restart he was at it again to complete his hat-trick but once more Blaydon recovered to pull back 7 points when Kerry Wood went over in the corner and O'Brien landed an excellent conversion.

When Garath McCoombe, a substitute, grabbed a 6th Cambridge try it looked all over for Blaydon but instead the visitors at last began to impose themselves, and playing some of the best rugby of the game ran in 2 fine tries and could have taken the scoreline even closer.

Mark Wilson crossed near the flag and then scrum-half Tom Rock put the seal on the revival when he took a quick tap penalty to storm over the line with O'Brien once more on target.

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