Gloucestershire University 3rd V Cardiff Metropolitan University 5th

A disappointing day for the boys in blue as Cardiff’s smooth attacking play helped them hold their lead against the home side throughout the match, resulting in a positive win for the visitors 7-44

Cardiff’s backs were instrumental in their win over Gloucestershire this afternoon, orchestrating many of their tries during the match.

It was clear the home side were deflated after the final whistle and Gloucestershire’s inside centre Jack Guy acknowledged his team’s weaknesses. “We failed to get off the starting blocks well which consequently was shown throughout the match. Overall we weren’t clinical enough throughout the eighty minutes; the team were in good spirts but it didn’t get translated onto the pitch.”

After conceding a try within the first couple of minutes the home side were always on the back foot and with just over half an hour played already found themselves trailing by nineteen points, failing to cover the gaps in their defensive line which Cardiff exploited on many occasions.

Despite the away side defending with 14 men on the pitch following repeated penalties close to their try line, Gloucestershire failed to take any points away from the one-man advantage and it was Cardiff that came away with points during the ten- minute period.

The Cardiff boys were to score once more before halftime, keeping the home side to nil and them twenty-four points up at the forty-minute mark.

Gloucestershire didn’t start the second half how they wanted when flanker Nicolas Cortes got yellow carded for a dangerous tackle.

The home side got their only try of the match during the second forty after fullback Kyle Blackmore broke away running the majority of the pitch before offloading to Jack Smith who went over the whitewash.

But it was Cardiff that dominated throughout the game, running in more tries as Gloucestershire looked to tire towards the last quarter. Despite the home side’s best efforts, the final score didn’t read in their favour. 7-44



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