- Cambridge women beat Oxford 24-0
- The win was Cambridge’s 12th Varsity Match victory
Cambridge University women’s side beat Oxford 24-0 in a closely fought match at Twickenham to become 2017 Varsity Match winners.
Middleton makes the difference
In wet and windy conditions, neither team were able to break the deadlock for much of the first half with both sides evenly matched.
Oxford, who won last year’s match 3-0, had early possession in Cambridge’s half but the light blues had the edge in the forwards and were able to work their way up the pitch through several dominant scrums.
Cambridge scrum half Kate Marks looked dangerous throughout and got her side within metres of Oxford’s line after a series of accurate box kicks.
With three minutes left in the first half Cambridge came alive and hooker Jess Gurney was able to power over to score the first try of the game. Full back Alice Middleton converted to give them a 7-0 lead.
And just two minutes later Middleton produced a moment of magic, collecting a loose ball in her own half before breaking free down the left wing. Her chip ahead found captain Lara Gibson who sprinted in to score under the posts.
Middleton added the extras to make it 14-0 at half time.
Cambridge experience counts
With 13 returning players in the squad, Cambridge’s experience started to tell in the second half with Oxford struggling for good territory.
Marks, a returning blue, extended Cambridge’s lead after 63 minutes, picking from the back of the scrum and beating three Oxford defenders to make it 19-0.
Bluebell Nicholls, making her Varsity debut, added Cambridge's third try with eight minutes left on the clock after the ball was worked nicely through the hands to the winger to score in the corner.
Oxford weren't able to make a breakthrough for much of the second half and the match finished 24-0 to the Light Blues.