Cuffley 1st 14 10 Biggleswade 2nd's
The first league match of the season starts with a win, Biggleswade new to our league turned up with a good organised game they looked well drilled as you would expect from a clubs development side put together to back their strong first team up.
The game started with our boys playing up the hill at Rosedale, our strong pick and go game had them pinned in their half for long periods of play. We had at least two try scoring opportunities both just missing the last pass after great breaks from Daisy and Crabby.
Our lineout worked well with Deano putting the ball in for the first time which limited our options to front and middle ball but Dom and Ollie Burns gaining in confidence every game had fine games with Dom jumping at the front winning MOM due to his spoiling work on their ball. The scrum worked well again with the front row dominating throughout the game, Mick was his usual pain at the breakdown backed up by all the back row of Ollie, Deano and Eric doing well with his first start for Cuffley.
Ash was solid in the tight but his loose play and free running was again at times brilliant putting us on the front foot adding to our arsenal of forwards who can take the ball up with power and pace. Big Ross another big line breaker smashed their tight head at every scrum topped his day by scoring from close range in the seconded half.
This week's ref was the best we have had so far and kept the game flowing, he did however struggle with our body positions at the breakdown pulling us for being off our feet which seemed to be a bit harsh most of the time. Biggleswade opened the scoring with a penalty with one of their rare moves in our half; this was followed by another shot at goal that was missed. We soon got our game moving up the hill again giving Crabby the chance to even the score at half time 3 points to each side.
The second half started with Cuffley playing down the famous Rosedale hill, we stated making inroads into their defence with Daisy and Keilt's running hard and veteran Welsh winger Nick Serbec punching holes at will. We now had our best passage of play with the forwards dominating the breakdown keeping the ball close under Matt's guidance we soon had them under real pressure on their try line we kept our shape in the end after more than a few attacks, Ross crashed through the middle of a ruck for the try. From the restart we started pushing Biggleswade back into their half with long kicks down the hill forcing them to run back at our organised defence this worked as we had planned and they were pulled up at the breakdown giving Crabby a pen opportunity to take us on to 11 pts to 3.
Biggleswade showed their resolve by clawing their way back into the game with a converted try setting up an interesting final quarter. We made a few changes with Harry coming on for Jonesy and Elvis and Carnage getting on we showed how we have evolved as a team last year we would have lost this type of tight game, but not this week rather than hang on for the whistle we took the game back to Biggleswade forcing two them to concede two lineouts on their line. The first taken cleanly we set up to drive them over and just short we called our backs in for a set move for a 15 man maul, inches from glory the ref pulled us back for wrongly being on the wrong side. Our next attempt fooled Biggleswade into thinking we would drive again but another set move worked only for the ref again to call Ollie in touch over the line.
We kept the game in their half with Willy clearing from fullback and Crabby and Harry keeping them honest by pushing down the blindside and bringing Sid into the game, our pressure again told giving Crabby the chance to seal the victory with another fine penalty to end the game 14 pts to 10. Well done boys a great start and on a final note the old boys watching the game all agreed that you looked like you were all playing for each other and as a team. H