The Cambridge women’s rugby Blues travelled to Norwich to face the University of East Anglia on Wednesday in a match full of flare tries and bone-crunching tackles.
It was apparent in the first 10 minutes of the game that the girls were still significantly battered and bruised from the high intensity Varsity match three days ago. UEA were quick to take advantage of this with a well kicked penalty. This spurred the Blues to maintain possession and create space for Poppy Brewer to touch down in the corner. That brought the score to 5-3 in favour of Cambridge. Two tries followed quickly before the end of the first half, one from UEA and another smashing break from Brewer. Cambridge led 10-8 at half time.
The second half saw Cambridge controlling the game and gaining momentum. The match was full of steamrolled scrums, stolen line outs and line breaks all over by the backs. The first try of the second half came from captain Vicky McEvoy at scrum half picking unexpectedly around a ruck, dashing for the line and converted by Becky Lane.
Tia Knight, on the left wing, fancied a share of the action too. She caught a UEA kick in Cambridge’s defensive twenty-two and dodged and sprinted her way to another try. A brief lapse in concentration and an excellent run from the opposition saw UEA score another 5 points. However, UEA dropped their heads in the closing moments of the match and loose-head prop, Antonia Robbins, took full advantage with a break away solo try, converted by Lane, to bring the final score to 29-13 in favour of Cambridge. Players of the match were Antonia Robbins and Bridget Hipwell.