Rugby

Oxford down Cambridge in tight affair

2015-12-10 18:29
Rugby ball (File)

Cape Town - Oxford have beaten Cambridge 12-6 in the 134th Men's Varsity rugby match staged between the two educational institutions. 

In a low scoring affair played at Twickenham in front a sizeable crowd, both sides relied heavily on their kickers despite Cambridge calling on the services of Welsh and British Lions centre, Jamie Roberts. A qualified medical doctor, Roberts is currently studying towards a masters in medical science.

An uneventful first half saw both sides enter the changing room locked at 3-3 after penalties from George Cullen for Oxford and Don Stevens, captain of Cambridge. 

The second half followed a similar pattern with the teams locked at 6-6 in the 66th minute after a further penalty from both kickers.

Oxford then took control, with Cullen extending their lead in the 72nd and 78th minute.

Despite Cambridge looking for a last grasp try, Oxford defend their line to win for the sixth time in a row against their bitter rivals. 

It is the first time in 14 years that this fixture has not featured a try, while Oxford have now won on 59 occasions, closing in on Cambridge's 61 victories.

There have been 14 drawn matches over the years. 

Earlier in the afternoon, Cambridge won the first ever Women's Varsity match, thrashing Oxford by 52-0. 

Scores

Oxford 12

Penalties: George Cullen (4)

Cambridge 6

Penalties: Don Stevens (2)

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