14-man Esher stun Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE contrived to put themselves under pressure by failing to beat a 14-man Esher side who deserved their win.
Esher went into this one with 15 try bonus points and came away with another. And all that after the Blood & Sand took an early lead off the tee via Ben Penfold.
Penfold’s penalty illustrated Cambridge’s failure to cross the visitors’ line – rebuffed four times when they could have touched down, then having to settle for just the three points.
Esher, by contrast, scored with their first attack of note, William Harding crossing for their opener. Daniel Rowland added a second.
And they looked to be cruising into half-time, despite Matt Hema finally getting one over for the hosts.
A red card for prop Oliver Mines for foul play just before the break, though, appeared to have handed the initiative back. Harding’s second made a nonsense of any assumption the second half would be easy.
Rob Conquest pulled one back, but Niall Saunders stretched the lead then Chris Arnold made it five. Joe Green’s 80th minute third for Cambridge didn’t even bring up a bonus point. Basil Strang had a poor afternoon, hitting the post twice and missing two more of his kicks.