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Shared honors in Battle of the Blues

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The honors were split when the Varsity Matches first arrived at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Sunday.

After a century at Twickenham, the home of the Leicester Tigers hosted the battle of the Blues, Cambridge recording a fourth straight win for the women while Oxford turned the tide on the men.

Former Tigers and England captain Peter Wheeler, former RFU chairman, presented the trophies after two fierce matches played mostly in the sun, unlike the last meeting in 2019 at soggy Twickenham.

Cambridge retained the women’s crown with a 10-5 win in the afternoon’s opener, while the Oxford men responded with four tries in a 34-7 victory in their face face.

It was Oxford who drew the first blood in the women’s game with Italian international center Bianca Coltellini scoring on the right of the posts, but Cambridge dominated the next quarter, although they had to wait for a score after Fiona Shuttleworth was selected. line.

The try came when center Maggie Simpson brushed aside tacklers on the left to score in the corner and Anna Park added a well-judged kick from the sideline to put Cambridge ahead 7-5.

No8 Park then saw a try denied but the Light Blues were 7-5 ahead at halftime.

Both teams faced yellow cards in the second half, but it remained a close game, with Park – winner of the Peggers / Bunting medal as player of the match – ultimately adding to the score with a penalty with a little over 10 minutes to go. he 10-5 and they closed out the win, their 13th in 34 games.

The men’s game was less than a minute old when Cambridge opened the scoring through full-back Joe Gatus, and the conversion was added by Etienne Dussartre for a seven-point lead at the start.

A Tom Humberstone penalty put Oxford on the board and they then created a scoreline in the left corner for replacement winger Henry Hackett in the 20th minute to take the lead for the first time at 8-7 and did never been directed by this point.

Open half Humberstone gave a half hour penalty and the Dark Blues added to that advantage with a quick change of passes ahead of a roster for prop John Aaron Henry to score in the right corner for a 16-7 lead at halftime.

After another penalty early in the second half, scrum-half Calum Grant provided a third down at close range and Humberstone’s conversion made it 26-7.

Cambridge believed they had forcefully returned to the game with a score from hooker Luke Parry, but before Dussartre could take the conversion kick, referee Andrew Jackson stepped in, scoring the score and showing a yellow card to Cambridge striker Matt West then red to Oxford’s Herbert Watson.

The game came back for a penalty but the Light Blues were shut out, then a penalty from Andrew Humberstone on the other end made it 29-7.

A second try for Hackett brought the score to 34-7 with less than five minutes on the clock to ensure Oxford would cancel out the loss in the last meeting in 2019.

Flanker Andrew Durutalo, a US Eagles cap, received the Alastair Hignell player of the match medal, chosen by guests Tony Underwood and Tyrone Howe.