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DUFC maul their Cambridge counterparts

Published: 21st October 2016

An ‘inspired’ performance by DUFC saw them beat Cambridge, at home, by a comprehensive score line of 50-0.

This reflects a huge reversal of fortune for the club and shows how Trinity rugby has become a force to be reckoned with over the years. Head coach Tony Smeeth recollects: “In my first year at Trinity in 1998 I remember Cambridge beat us by 70 points.”

How times have changed. By all accounts, Trinity were a physically and technically superior side to their opponents in a game which saw tries by Pierce Dargan, Evan Dixon, Michael Courtney and Jesse Milne.

Trinity were strong up front and attacked with such pace that the Cambridge defence was unable to respond. Going in to half-time DUFC were ahead by 24-0.

The second half saw Evan Dixon complete his hat-trick of tries as the increasingly ragged Cambridge defence scrambled for ways to respond.

Despite all the quick passing, though, DUFC’s wingers did succumb to a few handling errors although even Cambridge admitted they were lucky to escape with a final score line of 50-0.

“It was a real team builder more than anything,” says Tony, “although it did achieve the desired result! We have three groups this year: guys from last season’s team, our U20s - who won everything last year - as well as a group of masters students that we don’t normally have. Definitely the intensity and tempo of playing in division 1A has been good for us.”