- Cambridge beat Oxford 20-10 at Twickenham
- Cambridge's women had also beaten Oxford earlier in the day
Cambridge University beat Oxford 20-10 at Twickenham to win the 2017 Varsity Match and in doing so extended their overall tally to 63 wins from 136 matches between the two sides.
Tries from Cambridge's Chris Bell, Archie Russell and Charlie Amesbury sealed the light blues' second-consecutive Varsity Match victory.
Cambridge started the better of the two sides and almost scored two minutes into the game after finding success with the rolling maul.
The ball eventually found its way out to former England Students captain Buchan Richardson who was pushed into touch as he placed the ball down.
It was the first of three disallowed Cambridge try decisions that went to the television match official in the first half.
The referees had a decision to make once again after 25 minutes when captain Charlie Amesbury was deemed to have been held up over the line.
No decision was needed minutes later however when Cambridge won a scrum against the head five metres from Oxford’s line and scrum half Bell picked from the feet of his number eight and ran in to score the first points of the game. The conversion was missed by Mike Phillips leaving the score 5-0.
Oxford threatened throughout the half and opted to take the points with seven minutes left on the clock after Cambridge collapsed a maul and captain Conor Kearns stepped up to narrow the lead to just two points.
Cambridge had the chance to add a penalty of their own two minutes later but Phillips missed his second kick off the match.
On the stroke of half time the referees had to make yet another decision when Jake Hennessey broke through to score only for the replays to show an earlier pass was forward. The teams went into half time with the light blues 5-3 ahead.
Light blues extend their lead
Phillips made amends for his earlier misses by knocking over a penalty for Cambridge after 50 minutes to bring the score to 8-3.
And Cambridge added to that lead through Russell, brother of Scottish international Finn, who fended off his opposite man to score after 55 minutes. The kick out wide was missed by Phillips to make it 13-3.
Oxford were finally able to score a try of their own after 65 minutes when Will Wilson couldn’t be stopped from two metres out. Kearns added the extras to narrow Cambridge’s lead to just three points.
But Cambridge hit back minutes later, using their rolling maul to drive over Oxford’s line with Amesbury on hand to touch down for the light blues. Phillips kicked the crucial conversion to bring the score to 20-10.
Oxford made several breaks in the final 10 minutes of the match but Cambridge's defence held firm with the score remaining 20-10 at the final whistle.