Cambridge take Varsity honours

Late scores secure Varsity victory for Light Blues

Last Updated: 05/03/09 11:14pm

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Cambridge take Varsity honours

Cambridge take Varsity honours

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Two late tries for Cambridge saw them claim Varsity glory over Oxford with a 20-4 victory at the Twickenham Stoop.

The Light Blues ran in two tries in the closing ten minutes take make it a 16th victory against their arch rivals in 29 matches.

Oxford opened the scoring with a try from winger James Batstone, who scored two tries in last year's victory.

Prop Matt Bray brought the Light Blues level on 14 minutes, and James Hunt added the conversion before kicking two penalties to make it 10-4.

The Dark Blues missed out on several chances with poor handling errors in the second half, and Cambridge clinched the win late on.

Late scores

With their side including 11 survivors from their 2008 defeat, loose forward Ignacio Quintana and winger Joe Pitt-Rachid touched down late on to clinch the win.

Cambridge coach John Evans praised his side, saying they put in a lot of hard work in order to be ready for the match.

"These guys have played 16 games of rugby league including today," Evans told Sky Sports after the match.

"They've played in France and we were in Australia this summer. We put a lot into rugby league at Cambridge University, as do Oxford."

Oxford coach Dan Garbutt was disappointed with his side's effort, saying they were outworked by their Cambridge counterparts.

"I just think there were a lot of errors really, they did the basics a lot better than we did they worked a bit harder than we did, "said Garbutt.

"They worked behind the ruck and got some easy ground there doing that.

"I'm a bit disappointed really. I think the lads could have played a bit better, and they know that, but full credit to Cambridge, they played fantastic."

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