The Bowers Cup rugby tournament has kicked off for 2018 and the Cambridge team has already secured a massive 56-0 win over Hamilton.
The intermediate schoolboys’ competition sees under-45kg rugby teams from Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Tokoroa, Matamata and Hamilton compete over a five-week tournament. So far, the local team has competed in three games.
The first round against the Hamilton Green team saw Cambridge start well with plenty of possession and territory. Hamilton Green held them up over the line twice, and soon went 5-0 ahead after a runaway from their winger.
Down to 14 men for the rest of the half after Sebastian George was sin binned, the Hamilton team scored twice to lead 15-0 at half time. Cambridge fought back hard and drew close with a try to Tipene Keenan, converted by Ryan Harvey. The final score was 15-7 to Hamilton.
Game two against Te Awamutu saw one-way traffic in the first half with 22 points to TA and Cambridge not managing to score. A freezing storm blew through in the second half and made any play difficult, Te Awamutu making the most of the opportunity to score two more tries and win 32-0.
Game three against Hamilton Red saw a much-improved performance with four first half tries by Cayden Jackson (2), Baxter Smith and Zac Keyte, and a conversion by Jonte Redman, which saw Cambridge up 22-0.
The second half was even more promising with some great team tries scored. Baxter Smith closed off a hattrick, James Macguire scored two, Trent Lomey and Ryan Harvey each scored one and Jonte and Ryan converted one a piece. The final score was 56-0 to Cambridge.
Coaches Dave Peters and Paul Hughes wished to thank all of the team’s sponsors and supporters. Next week they play in Morrinsville against Matamata and Hamilton White teams.