Victory for women’s rugby Blues

Skylar Neil 23 January 2011

Cambridge 25 Moseley 17

After a month’s winter break, Cambridge began preparations for their forthcoming Varsity match positively with a decisive win over Moseley last Sunday. Despite wet and cold conditions, the ladies in light blue held their own against a much larger and more experienced Moseley side.

Although Cambridge maintained possession for most of the first half, Moseley were able to take advantage of a rusty defence to put down two early tries in the corner. The Light Blues were not willing to stand down, however, and winger Kat Emerson had soon scored two tries of her own to level things up.

By the second half, Cambridge’s superior fitness began to pay off against a flagging Moseley side, and Emerson took another one over the line from a breakaway to put Cambridge 15-10 ahead. Two more breakaway tries were scored by number 10 Anne Venner as holes in the Moseley defence started to become more apparent. Moseley never relented in their aggression, however, and their efforts were rewarded with a try in the final minute, which was then converted.

Although there was much for Cambridge to take away from this game, they will be pleased that they were able to keep up their winning streak, following on from the end of Michaelmas term, despite weather postponements and the winter break. Moreover, their struggles at the beginning of the season with putting points on the board seem to have been resolved, with an average of four tries per game being scored over the last four matches. Number four Rici Marshall was nominated Cambridge ‘Forward of the Match’, while Venner was elected both Cambridge ‘Back of the Match’ and Moseley’s ‘Opposing Player of the Match’.

The Light Blue ladies continue to look forward to their Varsity match, which takes place in Cambridge on March 5. Their preparations will be rigorous, with a busy fixture list ahead as they seek to avoid the same fate as their male counterparts.

Skylar Neil