- Cambridge beat Oxford 8-5
- The match marked the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Varsity match
Cambridge made it back-to-back wins in the Women’s Varsity match with an 8-5 win over Oxford at Twickenham.
In what marked the 30th anniversary of this fixture, the two sides came into the game in very different form and Cambridge showed why they remain unbeaten this season.
It was the dark blues who dominated territory in the opening quarter, working through the phases to build pressure but they were unable to break through a resilient Cambridge defence.
The light blues soon found their feet and with captain Kate Marks leading from the front, they worked their way up the pitch to leave Oxford scrambling in defence.
The Cambridge centre partnership of Mary Coleman and Bluebell Nicholls pulled the strings from the midfield and it was Nicholls who almost broke the deadlock when she smashed her way over the line only to be held up.
The 2017 champions weren’t to be denied again minutes later when number eight Emily Pratt picked up the ball and powered her way over to score the first try of the game in the 30th minute. The conversion was missed.
Oxford continued to find success whenever the ball was spread wide but a high penalty count let them down, Maria Bernier seeing yellow for an illegal tackle.
Despite being a player down, Oxford continued to press and they almost drew level through full back Connie Hurton who was just held up over the line.
Oxford threaten with late comeback
It was a scrappy second half but Cambridge were able extend their lead through second row Alice Elgar who slotted a penalty from in front the posts to make it 8-0.
Her side did well to soak up relentless pressure from Oxford in the second half and looked likely to keep them scoreless until second row Katie Collis finally made a breakthrough for Oxford, using her strength and smashing through several Cambridge defenders to score.
The conversion was missed making the score 8-5 with just five minutes on the clock for Oxford to mount a comeback.
A late surging run from Oxford’s Sophie Trott gave the dark blues hope of causing a late upset but she was tackled into touch to leave it 8-5 at full time.
The win means Cambridge have now won 13 women’s Varsity matches, narrowing the gap in the overall tally with Oxford on 19.