- Oxford beat Cambridge 38-16
- The win is Oxford's first since 2015
Oxford scored five tries in an impressive performance at Twickenham to claim the 137th Men’s Varsity Match at Twickenham.
A fantastic 18 point haul from fly half Tom Humberstone secured the victory for the dark blues who were looking for their first Varsity win since 2015.
Cambridge start strong
It was the light blues who made the better of starts with their fly half Mike Phillips slotting two early penalties to give his side a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes.
Oxford narrowed the gap through number 10 Tom Humberstone after referee Nigel Owens penalised Cambridge for a high tackle.
Both sides came close to scoring in the second quarter of the match with Phillips extending the light blues’ lead just before half time with a penalty to make it 9-3.
It looked likely to stay that way going into the break until Oxford’s backline came alive and changed the game.
The ball was spread wide to full back Ben Ransom, a threat throughout, who showed great speed to create space for winger Dan Barley to score in the corner. Humberstone added the extras to make it 10-9 to the dark blues at half time.
That score gave Oxford all the momentum going into the second half and they immediately capitalised, using their rolling maul to drive over Cambridge’s line, Charlie Pozniak dotting down.
Humberstone added the extras to make it 17-9 and put the dark blues in control.
Oxford had Cambridge on the ropes and continued to add pressure. In the 58th minute the ball was passed through the hands of the dark blues backline to winger Tom Stileman who showed fantastic speed and footwork to score.
Humberstone was ever reliable with the boot and made it 24-9.
A yellow card for Cambridge’s Mike Phillips opened the game up even more for Oxford who sent the ball once wide again for Barley to score his second of the game in the 65th minute. Humberstone once again slotted the extras to bring the score to 31-9.
The light blues didn’t give up, winning a line out metres out from Oxford’s line with captain Nick Koster scoring his side’s first try of the game from a rolling maul. Scrum half Chris Bell made it 31-18.
The comeback was short-lived however. Oxford’s Humberstone, a stand-out player in this match, reached over the line to score the final try of the game, converting his own score to make it 38-16 at full time.
The win gave Oxford their 60th win since the men’s Varsity Match began in 1872 with Cambridge just ahead on 63.