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Cobras fillet the fish !

Last weekend, the Bristol University Barracuda made the quick trip across the Severn Bridge to Cardiff to play one of the Cobras' most anticipated matches of the season. In recent years, a great rivalry has built up between the teams following the infamous "Rain Game" 2 years back, when the referees called the match at half-time in atrocious conditions with Cardiff down 13-12, and last year when a strong Cuda team drubbed the Cobras 27-0 in the first match of the season.


The Barracuda had won both their openers and Cardiff, fresh off a clutch victory the previous week against Plymouth University Blitz, were eager for Bristol blood! Tensions were high in the cold November sun as Bristol's large squad got off the bus and proceeded to get out on the field quickly, but the Cobras stuck to their traditional game plan and refused to be intimidated.


After a successful opening kick-off, the Cobras defense took to the field and, unlike last week against Plymouth, gave Bristol hell from the very first snap. Bristol gained just one first down in their opening drive, with veteran Linebacker and Defensive Captain, James Fooks, leading by example making 4 of 6 tackles. The ensuing Cuda punt was blocked giving the Cobras offense great field position from which to get the ball rolling.


First play, first Touchdown: QB Tom Williams spiralled up a perfect ball for WR Josh Hurford to come down with, soundly beating the Cuda secondary. Hurford now has TDs in his last 4 consecutive games for the Cobras, extending back in to last season. Hyped by this excellent play, the defense again forced a Bristol 3-and-out in great field position and the offense again took the field.


Second play, second Touchdown! This time an excellent run by Running Back and Offensive Captain Alex Brew which really highlighted the holes in the Bristol defense went for 6 points and the Cobras celebrated again on taking a 14-0.


Bristol dusted themselves off and, after a strong drive, eventually scored on a QB rollout play, making it 14-6, and threatened to score again very quickly if it wasn't for a fantastic defensive stand: on 1st and Goal at the Cobras' 1 yard line, Bristol failed to score on 4 downs, giving the ball over to the Cobras offense to again work its magic. The drive culminated in another Cardiff Touchdown, leaving the score at 21-6 at the half.


Cardiff dominated the second half of play. The defense absorbed everything Bristol could throw at them. Almost perfect secondary play saw just 2 passes completed all day, and the Cobras completely shut down the Bristol run game, which had been so prominent a year ago, with big hits from Ryan "Ginge" Davies and Dr Oliver Blocker (possibly the best name in BUAFL football!) and a sack from second year Defensive Lineman Edore Evuarherhe. The offense continued their hard work, with further Touchdowns coming from Ben Fowle, his second of the season, and Alex Brew chugging in for more scores.


Cardiff eventually ran out 46-6 winners – a good victory in anybody's books, but made all the more great as the Cobras had finally achieved their elusive revenge on the Cuda. Absolutely elated, the team celebrated that evening with their coaches, who called a fantastic game, and the SnakeCharmer Cheerleaders, who were out in full force to support the boys.


Next week sees the return of a more traditional rival, the Bath University Killer Bees, to Fortress Llanrumney. The Cobras, who this year celebrate their 25th anniversary season compared to Bath's 21st, have now racked up an impressive 11 games undefeated, looking to make it 12 against a foe they haven't lost to in over 5 seasons. Bath are looking promising this season, and will prove to be a tough opponent for the Cobras' young team. The game will kick-off at Llanrumney Playing Fields at 1pm, Sunday 11th December.




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