Double win in women’s rugby Varsity

Cambridge Blues 25 - 0 Oxford Blues

Cambridge Tigers (2nd team) 9 – 7 Oxford Panthers (2nd team)

For the third straight year in a row, the Cambridge women's rugby team achieved a double Varsity win, with both the first and second teams coming out on top last Saturday.

The morning's match was tight throughout as both the Cambridge Tigers and the Oxford Panthers had improved significantly since their clash last year and the standard of their match was high.

A lack of discipline near their try line cost the Panthers three penalty kicks under the posts, all converted by excellent scrum half, Hazel Chimer. Ultimately this lost them the game despite a last-minute try scored while Cambridge pack-leader Katie Pearcey was in the sin bin for repeatedly going off her feet.

The afternoon's 1st-team match was also played at a higher standard than in years past. Both the Cambridge and Oxford Blues made it to the final 8 of the BUCS championship knockout tournament this year, and both sides knew they were in for a challenge.

Coming out strong off the kick-off, Cambridge got off to a quick lead, scoring a try within the first ten minutes.

A second try was scored just minutes later, and this gave Cambridge a psychological advantage leading to two more tries before the end of the first half.

These four tries were scored by scrum half, Sammy Graham, fly half, Anne Venner, openside flanker, Frank Cordon, and winger, Rachel Thompson. These tries were the result of beautiful teamwork, all of the girls working together to combine creative handling from the backs, last-minute offloads, and quick decision-making around the rucks, to dominate the first half. The forwards and backs worked fluidly together for these tries.

The Oxford Blues came out much stronger in the second half, putting more pressure on the Cambridge defence and keeping hold of the ball more effectively. They managed to keep Cambridge from scoring in that half, but the damage had already been done.

Cambridge secured a deserved double victory and can rest easy for another year. It can only be hoped that their dominance continues next year.

Talia Gershon

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