Cambridge v Oxford Men's Match 2017 Rugby Union Varsity Match


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Cambridge v Oxford Men's Match 2017

John Inverdale presents live coverage of the 136th Varsity men's match between Cambridge and Oxford from Twickenham. With commentary by Andrew Cotter.


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It was a grizzly grey December day

until about an hur ago. Now we have

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glorious winter sunshine to welcome

tw shades of blue who have been an

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integral part of the rugby calendar

since 1872. The days of

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multi-internationals playing in this

fixture may be gone but the sides

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feature many former professionals,

England sevens players and a variety

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of age group internationals so we

should being in for a good match. 97

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years since Oxford and Cambridge

first met here at Twickenham. As you

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can see from the statistics,

Cambridge ended a long run of Oxford

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domination last year. Six on the

trot for the dark blues before that.

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The pre-match form before today's

encounter has the Oxford team as

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very much odds on favourites today.

But this is very much a one-off and

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it's anybody's game. In about ten

minutes' time or so, as I am sure

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two of our guests today will readily

agree, and presenting the trophy the

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one and only Martin Johnson. Jamie,

you were part of the Cambridge side

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two years ago. What are your

memories?

Losing, first and

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foremost. I took a knock to my leg

in the second minute. Just swelling

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on the knee, I had to come off at

half-time, unfortunately. Yeah, a

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lot of great memories. For these

guys it's a one-off Cup final,

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regardless of form going into

today's game. It's all about this

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one game. It makes or breaks your

year really. A lot of tradition,

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history and certainly knowing you

are a part of that with the

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traditional things that would have

been happening this week. It's all

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about which ever team hold their

nerve.

You were a blue a few years

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before Jamie, Damien. How much does

it mean to you in the course of what

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is a very distinguished career?

Snoots a special day, not only

--

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It's a special day, not only for

players, but you are with families,

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and the shirt you wear and pass on

to the next year and the next

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generation is an incredible

privilege to play here in the

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Varsity match. 25 years ago, can you

believe it, when I played and we

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actually won. So it still lives

happily in my memory.

Have you ever

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been to a Varsity match before?

I

think 1983 I came with school, all

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the rugby teams on the bus to

Twickenham. And I think guys like

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Gavin Hastings would have been

playing, maybe Stuart Barnes.

Great

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names peppered both sides during the

course of the year. One thing you

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mentioned earlier, we should expand

on that. For a lot of the players

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this will be the highlight of their

rugby career. Somebody who has

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played for the Lions, internationals

dozen of times, what were you able

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to say to them about how to approach

a big match, the like of which they

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won't have played in before or ever

will again?

I suppose as you said,

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if these guys, they might never play

a stadium such as this or a game of

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this magnitude. For those lads it's

trying to eliminate the occasion and

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eliminate the crowd and what it is

and ult mayly it's a game of rugby.

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-- ultimately. Try and put in place

today what they've been preparing

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for. When you are a player with

maybe not that much experience of

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playing in these standards you can

kind of freeze. It's like earning

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your first cap or a first big game

for a club. All of a sudden it

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passes in a blur and you watch it

back and you are frozen. For these

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guys it's all about concentrating on

processes and hopefully putting on

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to the park what they've practised

to do.

How much is experience a

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factor here do you think? One or two

players have played at the highest

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level here. They have to guide

players around them a bit.

Yeah, get

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the balance right. Enjoy the day.

It's a massive occasion for you. Get

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out on the field. Get yourself into

the game. Get fundamental skills

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right early on. Which ever team will

adapt early on, get that first

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catch, first line out scrum,

whatever it is, get that under the

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belt and go from there and then you

will be playing a game. The crowd

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and the stands and everything else

will disappear. You are playing and

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doing what you are doing. If you get

it wrong you can get the day go by

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before you have got involved with

the game. Enjoy it, take it in. When

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it's time to play do what you do and

play the game and get into it.

You

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mentioned the fact it's wet. It's

glorious now compared to this

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morning when the women's match took

place. The third time they've played

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the women's match here at

Twickenham. Two years ago Cambridge

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won a one-sided match by more than

50 points. Last year, the direct

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opposite where in a attritional game

Oxford won with a penalty goal. What

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happened today?

Cambridge with a chance to break the

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deadlock. What a hit coming in

there.

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There is numbers on the far side.

Still going for it. Coleman thinks

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she can go on her own. Still two

inches left. It's been lost forward.

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A knock on. Was there a penalty to

come back for?

The ball was still in

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and you came in from the side.

Looks

like it. Martin is racing back

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there.

Martin is going to take it

quickly. She's got numbers. Goes in

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hand. She has gone over the line. We

finally break the deadlock.

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Cambridge University's Gurney has

the first try of this Varsity match.

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If you are going to tap a penalty,

that far, that in front of the post

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and not take the three points in a

tight game like this, you have to

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make sure you score the five and she

did exactly that.

Someone used to

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scoring in the Varsity, Alice

Middleton. And the flags are flying

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and Cambridge are seven up against

Oxford.

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She is's pushing Middleton to move

here. The ball is going to stay

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inside the 22. Time for Middleton to

run. A one on one with Trott. It's

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chased. Gibson still going for the

line. It was made by Middleton.

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Gibson will finish it off. What a

final five minutes in this first

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half for Cambridge University.

Brilliant from Cambridge. It was

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always a bit of a risky kick, if you

are going to kick over to Alice

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Middleton you need to be stretching

her. Middleton fielded it really

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well. There's nobody with her.

Middleton beats her for pace. It's

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that decision that makes it, the

kick over because she was

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surrounded. Then Gibson's chasing

really well behind her. A huge smile

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on her face. What a try for

Cambridge. What a try that is.

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Middleton is one from one so far

kicking at goal. Her second

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opportunity. You can see the rain

thundering down there on her. And

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she remains clean with the boot in

the Varsity. That will be the half.

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Cambridge lead here. 14-0.

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Here comes the shove. It's not

going. Marks is running. Going on

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her own. Still going for the line!

That is over. Is it down cleanly?

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She thinks it is. That is

Cambridge's third try of the match.

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McAroundle can't get near her.

Lovely quick feet. Real persistence

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from Kate Marks getting the ball

over the line.

Another Cambridge

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scrum. This time Kate Marks is not

going to get the opportunity. Gets

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the pass away. Donaldson gets it off

to the far side. It's in. It's

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straight. It's clear. It's Nicholls

who goes over and that will be the

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match now. Time has run out for

Oxford. They still have time to make

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a mark on this game but it's

Cambridge who are going to come away

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with the spoils with a 24-point lead

and ten minutes to play. That one

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hasn't gone into Oxford hands. Marks

kicks it out on the near side. The

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whistle blows. Cambridge University

are the 2017 women's Varsity

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winners.

Victory for the light blues

and their captain Lara Gibson in the

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middle there and the defeated Oxford

captain are going to join us at

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half-time here at Twickenham this

afternoon.

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So let's focus on a few names in

this men's match. Kick-off is in a

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few minutes's time. Maybe they're

familiar to you. First of all,

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obstacle little Phillips, This is

his last game at 35. Medical Stuart

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Briggs makes history, not since 1872

has anybody won seven blues until

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today. He is the man. To the dark

blues. Moor is a Canadian

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international.

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Sap saw was part of the Saracens

team that won six years ago. He is

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studying sustainable urban

development now that his

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professional career is over.

That's just a few of the players who

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have experience at the very highest

level. In terms of what kind of a

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game we can expect today, do the

first ten 15 minutes or so set the

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template for what's to follow?

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first ten 15 minutes or so set the

template for what's to follow?

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Let's hope it's better than the 3-0

women's result last year. As you

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said, glad the weather has cleared

up. And it's trying to get into the

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game as early as possible. The first

line out, first scrum, there will be

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a lot of kick to compete today,

because it's greasy and whoever

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adapts to the conditions best will

win the game, no doubt.

OK. Here we

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go then. It's the 136th University

Varsity match at Twickenham.

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The players and all blues gathered

for the match between Oxford and

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Cambridge...

It's a try surely!

After the interval Oxford had the

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advantage.

The dark blues had been

tipped as easy winners. It didn't

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work out that way.

That was one of

the greatest we have seen in a

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Varsity match for years.

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COMMENTATOR: Waiting so many players

for countries have waited before,

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Oxford line up and Cambridge join

them in the Twickenham tunnel. A

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couple of players behind Olly

Phillips. It's the blend of

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experience. Some played professional

rugby, some might go on to play

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professional. Under graduates,

post-graduates, this mix that is the

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Varsity match.

Getting ready for the 136th meeting.

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Going back to 1872. A year after the

first international match between

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Scotland and England. They've been

playing for 145 years. Certainly

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better conditions than we had for

the women's match. It's a bit

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cooler. It's a bit calmer. It's

clear and dry overhead at least. A

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little bit damp under foot.

Amesbury. There is the captain of

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Oxford, Kearns, very talented

Irishman.

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Please be upstanding for the

national anthem.

Are we ready for

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the anthem before we get under way

here at Twickenham?

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NATIONAL ANTHEM

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An experience for any rugby player

and I have mentioned some of these

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players have wonderful pedigree in

the game and I have seen plenty of

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things before but to line up at

Twickenham is still a great thrill.

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As mentioned, that blend of rugby

pedigree is here. This is the Oxford

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line-up.

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Look out for the power of Australian

Fifita.

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Waldouck on the bench after back

problems.

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The referee is one of the youngest

in the business. Just 24,

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Christopher Ridley. Was once in

Leicester academy. Talented player.

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Had injury problems, though, and

turned to refereeing. So we are

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under way at Twickenham. Hennessy

gets Cambridge going.

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Underneath it for Oxford but feel

ago thump there already.

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-- feeling a thump there already.

Oxford with powerful forwards in

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there, though.

But Cambridge slightly brighter in

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early salvos.

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Cambridge have a chance through

Hunter. Strength from the Australian

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lock.

Bell gets them going again. On to

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Koster, the South African second

row. There is Hennessy, tries to

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slip around Kearns. Advantage to

Cambridge. Penalty coming their way.

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Bell gives it another chance to see

if they can launch an attack. This

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penalty coming.

So a hopeful little chip.

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Not quite grabbed by David. A bit of

a hit from Hunter. They're coming

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back for that penalty. An even

contest. And the referee having to

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step in and say enough is enough.

Come in Brian Moore, looking forward

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to this one.

Yes, like many matches

I have watched over the years, it's

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a case of which side settles into

some sort of controlled rhythm.

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There's so much riding on this for

the players themselves. Irrespective

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of the quality of the fix tier

overall, it means a lot to the

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participants and in many years

previous you have seen players

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running around with little control

and if one side, usually directed by

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the halfbacks, can get that element

of control, that's going to be

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vital.

Finding touch, Amesbury.

Varsity history in his family, uncle

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played for England in the 50s.

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Cambridge. What strength do they

have to maul forward. Making

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progress. Oxford breaking up a

little bit at the moment. Carried at

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the back by Hunter. Cambridge

rolling towards the line. Down to

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ground it goes. Bell looks to see

what's on offer. Down the blind

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side. A chance for Cambridge. It's

Richardson. Can't quite get there.

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Well, celebrations. However we are

going to have a look. Perhaps he did

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get there for the opening try.

We

are checking for touch and then try

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or no try please.

Touch first. Stand

by.

The TMO is David Rose. And

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everyone inside the stadium looks to

the big screens. We will look at the

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replay.

Elbow down. Very close. It's touch.

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Thank you.

Very good covering tackle.

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Richardson unable to get it down

before his elbow hit the whitewash.

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Still great pressure on the dark

blues with a shortened line out.

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Taken down well by Pozniak.

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Not much ground made. All the early

pressure on Oxford and a mocking

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ruffle of the hair comes in on

Kearns.

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Risky throw we see here. It's a good

cover tackle. Let's put it down to

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that. Cambridge previously got the

line out drive on. It was well set.

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Unfortunately for them one of their

own men went down. If they can

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replicate that and stay up, could be

in profit.

Here are Cambridge again.

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This is worrying for Oxford.

Encouraging for Cambridge. The maaul

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is marching once more.

Two players

straight in the side there.

Now the

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backs get a chance. Hennessy carries

it in. Skilful midfield they have,

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Hennessy and Russell. Now carried by

Koster. Punches a hole. Then is

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stripped. A great steal. Suddenly

Oxford are thrown back. But they do

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have that precious ball. Kershaw

pointing the way. From some depth

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Kearns has to clear. To mocking

jeers from Cambridge fans.

This was

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a fantastic steal on the floor.

It

was Pozniak in there.

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This is one of the front row here

with blue experience, Burnett. Taken

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down again by Hunter. Once more they

look for the maul to do its thing.

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This one going more sideways. Oxford

don't look too organised in that

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defence. The ball is to the ground.

A knock on spares Oxford this time.

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Rapturous applause. Saull offering

encouragement. Perhaps now Oxford

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will get a chance to clear.

Not a

secure carry. You want to offer the

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ball backwards, make sure it's close

to the hip. Can't be knocked down.

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That's three times Cambridge have

got the drive going and it's been

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broken up by their own errors. Two

hookers here.

There is the Cambridge

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coaching set-up.

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A chance to look at a scrum for the

first time. Away come Oxford. A good

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run from Wilson. Carried by Pozniak

who made that vital steal just about

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on the try line. Up it goes from

Kearns. Here is Amesbury. Tries to

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evade the clouchs of Moorby. Moor is

there for Oxford in defence. Bell

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now. -- clutches.

Richardson has been busy, the number

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eight for Cambridge. Bell points the

way. And Nick Koster has played

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super 15 rugby in South Africa.

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And back they come. I think it was

Pozniak getting carried away. Good

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run by Hennessy now. Mike Phillips

gives it to Russell who offloads

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well. The challenge was flying up

from Kearns. Carried by the hooker

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Burnett.

The law student, 20-year-old.

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Under-graduates on the field today.

Phillips having a chuckle on the

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ground. And carried this time by

Watson.

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Bell decides to send it up this

time. Three Oxford men around it.

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Taken well. Eventually lays it back.

The Oxford forwards decide to set

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off. Cambridge counter-rucking may

have stripped it. Illegal in there.

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Now a penalty. Oxford with a chance

to clear here.

It is Cambridge who

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have had the better of the exchanges

so far but haven't registered points

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that will please Oxford. You have to

be careful with kicking strategy

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because the Cambridge back three

have significant speed and

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experience. Kicking strategy isn't

right and they'll give them a chance

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to counterattack. The line kicking

is not going well, is it at the

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moment?

This is the reason for the

penalty.

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He said the Cambridge number eight

Richardson was fine but the tackler

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didn't roll away quickly enough.

Good take by Edgerley.

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There is Fifita who could do some

damage, heaviest man on the pitch.

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A rare adventure for Oxford. A loop

around. Nice handling. Carried by

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David. David gets it back. Looking

for Edgerley. Into the 22. Cambridge

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diving in to secure that ball and

turn it over. Just the first glimpse

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of some attacking threat from

Oxford. Bell asks his forwards to

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earn a few yards.

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And it is Chris Bell, history

student. Feeds on to David. Those

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two linking up again. Double whammy

on David. Carried in by Ball.

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Oxford just building a little bit of

momentum. Good take by Edgerley. Now

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space. Carried in by Stileman. Gets

a good thump from Russell and

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Amesbury.

Hit on Wilson this time. Leonard

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doing some damage. But Oxford

beginning to warm a little to the

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task.

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The forwards do a bit.

So again down the blind side they

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go. Saull.

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Talotti is told to use it, South

African born Italian youth

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international. So Kershaw gives it

deep to Kearns. A laboured pass to

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Moorby. Gets it to ground

eventually. Kershaw had to be quick

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to keep it alive and into the

challenge of Richardson. It's all

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with Oxford now. A dozen phases.

A little cute pass into Elvin. But

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spilled the ball. Cambridge will

have the put in. More fluent passage

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of play from Oxford.

Yes, they'll be

pleased to get into the game, they

0:27:390:27:44

spent eight minutes defending. Break

earlier by Stile man. It didn't

0:27:440:27:50

look... You don't look you don't

see. Passage of play died with him.

0:27:500:28:00

Watching earlier on, Cambridge, you

think they would be able to count

0:28:000:28:03

going to Oxford and Cambridge, but

there were four defenders to none. I

0:28:030:28:09

don't see why Cambridge were

stacking the blind side because they

0:28:090:28:14

were definitely numbers superiority

for Oxford going over if they can

0:28:140:28:17

exploit that.

Possibly some are art students. This

0:28:170:28:22

was the little break at interplay

with David and Edgerley.

0:28:220:28:29

Certainly after a very bright start

by Cambridge, Oxford are more than

0:28:290:28:35

coming back into it, beginning to

look ever more threatening. Tackles

0:28:350:28:43

made and missed, pretty even on that

stat.

0:28:430:28:50

Slightly step off, that's not where

it was. That's good.

0:28:520:28:55

The last scrum wasn't entirely

satisfactory. Oxford got it all -

0:28:550:29:00

Cambridge got it all wrong rather in

the early engage.

0:29:000:29:06

Martin Johnson is animated. Almost

as animated as he was sitting there

0:29:060:29:09

as a coach of England.

0:29:090:29:13

Oxford perhaps a little bit of a

shove there.

0:29:150:29:24

Back it comes to Mike Phillips.

Carry in again by Edgerley. Not the

0:29:260:29:38

biggest man but plenty of life in

him. That kick away spiralling

0:29:380:29:43

through the sky.

Clearing kick, not too bad, around

0:29:430:29:52

the halfway mark.

We might be in for a close contest

0:29:520:29:56

today.

0:29:560:30:01

Richardson Hennessy on Edgerley.

All

in. Seven.

0:30:010:30:10

Richardson Hennessy on Edgerley.

All

in. Seven.

Chat between John Aaron

0:30:100:30:17

Henry and Ed Elvin. Elfyn hit his

man again right in the middle.

0:30:170:30:28

Curtains delayed and delayed and

paid the price. Dan Moor with all

0:30:280:30:39

that experience. A nice off-load to

Ed Elvin. The trundle on from Kieran

0:30:390:30:46

Ball, a former England and Irish

age-group prop. Edgerley. Hunter

0:30:460:30:55

eventually got him. Oxford piling on

through. Advantage to the dark Blues

0:30:550:31:03

as well. Dan Moor goes to ground.

They'll come back for that penalty

0:31:030:31:07

now.

This is what I mean by the

element of control. Four or five

0:31:070:31:15

carries, scrappy, not getting the

ball back as quickly as he wanted

0:31:150:31:18

from the breakdown. Establishes some

control. Consistent, quick ball.

0:31:180:31:26

He'll likely get on top.

0:31:260:31:37

Interesting to hear the language

doesn't necessarily change depending

0:31:450:31:49

on your education, if you heard

anything unsavoury we have to

0:31:490:31:54

apologise.

For ones I missed that!

It doesn't matter.

Oxford again

0:31:540:32:03

looking more bullish in the scrum.

The pick-up by Wil Wilson. Inside

0:32:030:32:08

pass. Stileman coming off the wing.

Amesbury scoops it up. Cambridge

0:32:080:32:16

have a chance to come away. Bell the

little scrum-half in there. Stripped

0:32:160:32:22

this time. A chance for Kearns to

prod it through and here is Ollie

0:32:220:32:30

Phillips. Taken in by Kershaw. Here

is Edgerley again. Edgerley is made

0:32:300:32:40

to sit down by Matt Watson. A

penalty for the challenge. I see

0:32:400:32:50

Matt Watson acknowledging his

mistake.

It didn't look that bad to

0:32:500:32:54

me. We see this full speed. In slow

motion it always looks much more

0:32:540:33:04

dangerous.

Is the duty of care to

return him to ground.

You know

0:33:040:33:11

what's he might have just about

picked his legs over his shoulders,

0:33:110:33:15

but frankly, that, to me, he's a

good tackler, nothing wrong at all.

0:33:150:33:20

Sometimes difficult when it's a big,

powerful man like Matt Watson, or a

0:33:200:33:24

much lighter figure like Edgerley...

Oxford's line-out continues to work

0:33:240:33:32

well. A chance now for Andy Saull

looking for support. Fallen into

0:33:320:33:39

Cambridge hands and it is Matt

Watson. He lays a protective pore

0:33:390:33:47

over it for an age. Buchan

Richardson tries to carry for just a

0:33:470:33:52

yard. Cambridge having to dig

themselves out from deep inside

0:33:520:33:58

their own 22. Molby has taken a hit,

the Oxford Centre. He might be

0:33:580:34:09

injured. If he's injured, that's not

proper physiotherapy. The kit is

0:34:090:34:17

decent enough.

Clean line breaks are

a premium in any game. When you make

0:34:170:34:23

one, you really do have two... It's

a symbol inside ball. I can't tell

0:34:230:34:32

from here but I wouldn't mind

betting that was a call from the

0:34:320:34:38

Cambridge number six Matt Watson.

When you are carrying and hear the

0:34:380:34:41

call, you give the ball.

Dom

Waldouck and his luxuriant moustache

0:34:410:34:51

getting ready to come on. He's

really struggled with a back

0:34:510:34:53

problem. Oxford on the charge. Must

have gone forward eventually to

0:34:530:35:00

Talotti. Find the referee, Kieran

Ball. Burrows on into the 22.

0:35:000:35:06

Kershaw to Kearns and deep again to

Moorby. Here is Fifita. Oxford just

0:35:060:35:24

beginning to stretch this Cambridge

defence. Kershaw ushering out some

0:35:240:35:36

forwards. And once more to Fifita.

No substitute for a bit of bulk. And

0:35:360:35:44

there is Dan Moor. A little gang of

forwards set off once again, once

0:35:440:35:55

more it is Kieran Ball, the tight

head. Edgerley looking for the

0:35:550:35:59

support runners. Oxford building,

Cambridge defence. Solid at the

0:35:590:36:09

moment. A good charge from Wil

Wilson, still going again. Once

0:36:090:36:16

more, Amesbury comes away with it.

Bouncers of Edgerley. A plate

0:36:160:36:20

clearing run from Charlie Amesbury.

Chris Bell had a chance to move it

0:36:200:36:26

out of the lips. Edgerley has popped

up there. Twice now Charlie Amesbury

0:36:260:36:40

has been in the right place at the

right time for Cambridge. Kick into

0:36:400:36:46

space over the head of Phillips.

Cambridge once more back to back

0:36:460:36:53

deep into their own 22.

The fortune

of the bounce. But he deserves the

0:36:530:36:59

credit. But Cambridge right back in

their own red zone. Oxford at the

0:36:590:37:04

moment are warming to the task. If

they can avoid errors like that,

0:37:040:37:11

they'll register a score because

several times they haven't quite got

0:37:110:37:15

the ball back quick enough from the

ball going forward. They've had an

0:37:150:37:20

imbalance of numbers against

Cambridge defenders. Weather is in

0:37:200:37:23

charge of the Cambridge defensive

system will be having a word. While

0:37:230:37:27

they've scrambled well, they've been

resetting, players have been slow to

0:37:270:37:34

get in position. The keeper Oxford

is to get quicker ball when they

0:37:340:37:38

make one or two yards after the

initial contact. Then to recognise

0:37:380:37:41

which side the imbalance is

occurring on. Twice they've gone

0:37:410:37:50

right when the imbalance was left.

Cambridge wouldn't want to lose

0:37:500:37:54

Jonathan Dixon. He played last year

in the victory, the Ulsterman. And

0:37:540:38:01

he's a heavy bit of ballast heaviest

in the Cambridge side.

0:38:010:38:14

Cambridge are safely gathering in

their line-out, not too much

0:38:150:38:18

pressure coming down on Chris Bell

as it clears. Not too much ground

0:38:180:38:22

made. Oxford will have the ball.

They are in a difficult position

0:38:220:38:29

with little or no angle, I think

you're better off putting in a

0:38:290:38:33

box-kick. Getting a winger to stand

under it and get the defensive line

0:38:330:38:38

in the shape, rather than giving

possession closer to the line.

0:38:380:38:45

Elvin, the New Zealander, former

University of Avatar -- Otago. The

0:38:450:38:56

dark Blues beginning to rumble

forward. Making very good ground.

0:38:560:39:06

Seems a long time ago that, now.

Oxford continued our wonder towards

0:39:060:39:11

the try line. A fair strip from

Andrew Hunter, the Australian lock

0:39:110:39:16

forward. Out of Australia managed to

lose that at the heart of the maul?

0:39:160:39:22

-- how did Australia manage?

The

opening ten minutes, the loose

0:39:220:39:33

carry.

I'll have that!

They've not

tucked it under the body.

He's been

0:39:330:39:44

a bit injured for his troubles and

efforts. The man from Sydney, Andrew

0:39:440:39:51

Hunter. A few bashers in there.

0:39:510:40:10

Whilst there hasn't been any

registered scores, it's been an

0:40:110:40:14

entertaining game so far.

Cambridge

ball, but very much in their danger

0:40:140:40:26

area. 15 metres from their own line.

Free to Cambridge.

0:40:260:40:44

Amesbury checks where the mark is.

There's no point in doing that,

0:40:470:40:59

because whether in that defensive

situation, they're not going to

0:40:590:41:03

clear the ball. You get the line-out

throw when it goes off this way

0:41:030:41:07

round. He's given a free kick so it

doesn't matter.

A smuggled

0:41:070:41:17

instruction from Henry, the

loosehead prop, to Elvin. And wrong.

0:41:170:41:26

Taken on by Watson. Cambridge for

the first time getting into the

0:41:260:41:31

Oxford half. Buchan Richardson and

Cambridge have the penalty.

So

0:41:310:41:44

coming in at the side.

Frustrating

for Oxford. They were in a grand

0:41:440:41:54

position. Buy a couple of silly

mistakes they find themselves back

0:41:540:41:58

up their own 22.

That the point.

It's about doing the right thing,

0:41:580:42:04

not straying offside when you know

where the parameters, the gates are

0:42:040:42:10

on the breakdown.

We've had 50

minutes or so of solid Oxford

0:42:100:42:17

pressure, Cambridge back inside the

Oxford 22. A chance for Andrew

0:42:170:42:22

Burnett to get his man on the

line-out. Bit of an overthrow. Both

0:42:220:42:27

sides have lost their first line-out

of the match. Andy Saull takes it in

0:42:270:42:31

for Oxford. So deep that Kearns has

to get back kick away. Cambridge

0:42:310:42:38

will have another chance.

The

line-out still within the 22. That

0:42:380:42:44

is an overthrow. When you look back

and starts more what you've won and

0:42:440:42:56

have won in the line-up percentages,

it can tell you something, but it's

0:42:560:43:00

the ones that really count.

A real

chance for Cambridge as the Oxford

0:43:000:43:07

defence slipped away for a moment.

Bell get it going once more to

0:43:070:43:11

Buchan Richardson. Bell looks and

points. The forwards take it in

0:43:110:43:17

again. Stephen Leonard the flanker,

six metres for the line. Attack

0:43:170:43:24

around the neck of the Cambridge

man. Nick Koster... Koster rolling

0:43:240:43:32

his way on a little bit further.

Opportunity. Bell tries to slip

0:43:320:43:36

through. Cambridge getting closer

still. Two metres from the line. The

0:43:360:43:42

drive. Can they get it done? They

can, surely. The referee will have a

0:43:420:43:48

long look at this. Over the line.

Definitely. Was it down, though?

0:43:480:43:53

Charlie Amesbury once more.

He was

the closest man, the referee, by

0:43:530:44:02

far.

Simple question, try or no

trifle David Rose, the TMO. -- or no

0:44:020:44:12

try for David Rose.

0:44:120:44:16

He can't see there. It's held up and

it's on someone's arm. Does that go

0:44:190:44:26

down? Still can't see from that

angle.

Kearns in defence, his arm

0:44:260:44:34

wrapped underneath it. So, too, Ed

David.

I don't think you can give

0:44:340:44:43

this. When the question is Charlie

or no try. -- try or no try. No,

0:44:430:44:55

it's still clearly up there.

The

stuff. No clear and obvious

0:44:550:45:02

grounding.

Very good defensive work

by Ed David and Conor Kearns. Booing

0:45:020:45:10

from the fans of the light Blues,

but absolutely the right decision.

0:45:100:45:17

Couldn't see it down.

Prime

attacking opportunity for Cambridge.

0:45:170:45:24

Amesbury, Phillips, very quick out

wide.

He's been impressive so far,

0:45:240:45:31

Charlie aims. In particular has been

lively, good work in defence, couple

0:45:310:45:37

of interventions. Nearly a try

there.

Will have to work hard to

0:45:370:45:41

keep the right-hand side of the

scrum up. Keep the back row of

0:45:410:45:46

Oxford at least square.

0:45:460:45:57

Doesn't look too stable, Cambridge

have to push on Bell now. Gives it

0:45:570:46:02

all. The spill. Oxford will have the

scrum. The knock-on.

That came from

0:46:020:46:15

the inventiveness of Bell. Wasn't

expecting the pass.

It was Henry

0:46:150:46:29

King coming in. Just couldn't grasp

it.

Had he done so, would have

0:46:290:46:38

walked over.

The power of the

collision on Chris Bell dislodged

0:46:380:46:49

the ball as much of anything else.

King unable to gather it. A little

0:46:490:47:01

bit damp out there today, five

handling errors a piece. You would

0:47:010:47:09

think it wouldn't be an entertaining

game at 0-0 but it's been pretty

0:47:090:47:14

lively. Though its Oxford's ball,

and I hear some academic language...

0:47:140:47:18

Once again apologies. Five metres

from the Oxford line.

Someone just

0:47:180:47:26

shouted, this is the scrum we talked

about. They must have a riveting

0:47:260:47:30

life.

This particular scrum.

Cambridge are trying to put a

0:47:300:47:37

squeeze on, look at the power coming

through. Bell is true. Chris Bell

0:47:370:47:42

has the try. Perhaps it was the

scrum they talked about. Cambridge

0:47:420:47:49

with the opening try of the match.

Errant by the forwards, errant, and

0:47:490:47:56

scored by Chris Bell.

Great amount

of credit, the Cambridge number

0:47:560:48:01

three. Modern European history

student born in Belfast. Watch from

0:48:010:48:12

here. You can't see from that angle

but he absolutely stuffed his

0:48:120:48:15

opposite number, John Henry. He gets

the scrum going forward. From tight

0:48:150:48:24

head almost inevitably you're going

to go backwards if you're in that

0:48:240:48:28

position. Nothing they could do

about that out wide.

Martin Johnson

0:48:280:48:35

sitting behind the Cambridge coach.

They were appreciating that one.

0:48:350:48:44

Interesting game because Oxford had

15 minutes of really solid pretty

0:48:440:48:46

dominant possession, couldn't take

the points. But an opportunity for

0:48:460:48:50

Mike Phillips to push it pretty

badly.

In a game that might be

0:48:500:49:00

tight, watch the scrum... Looks to

be in a bad position. But he is

0:49:000:49:05

lifted. Henry shot out the side

there. You can see his head is not

0:49:050:49:09

underneath the chest. Once your

split like that, the second row has

0:49:090:49:12

nothing to push on. You can go

backwards at a rate of knots.

A

0:49:120:49:19

battle of two Ulsterman. John Dixon

going through John Aaron Henry. Just

0:49:190:49:25

a 5-point try. Conversion is not the

prettiest from Mike Phillips. A

0:49:250:49:30

moment to remember for Chris Bell, a

20-year-old history undergraduate.

0:49:300:49:39

Once more, Ed Elvin, this time to

Pozniak on the second row. Stripped

0:49:540:50:05

by Buchan Richardson.

0:50:050:50:16

Buchan Richardson is offside.

Shouldn't mind being dragged back

0:50:170:50:27

for that, gives him a better angle.

Conor Kearns kicked it into touch.

0:50:270:50:35

Ten or 12 metres out.

I think it's

important for Oxford psychologically

0:50:350:50:44

to come away from this passage of

play with some points.

Ed Elvin

0:50:440:50:55

complaining to the referee that

Cambridge are closing the channel. A

0:50:550:50:59

degree in law and Finance gives you

that power. Oxford now with a dried,

0:50:590:51:08

down it goes. A penalty coming for

Oxford. They are romping towards the

0:51:080:51:14

line. Dark blue bodies pile in will

stop new advantage given. Conor

0:51:140:51:21

Kearns tries to skip through. Dow

metres out. Oxford piling over the

0:51:210:51:33

top. The referee makes it clear they

still have that advantage.

Oxford

0:51:330:51:47

have numbers out wide if they go

left.

Andy Saull calls for it. With

0:51:470:51:53

his back to the Cambridge defence.

Oxford again. Edgerley tried to make

0:51:530:51:59

his way around. Back they come for

that advantage.

The referee has

0:51:590:52:07

giving the advantage for the second

drug driving maul. There was a case

0:52:070:52:13

for a penalty try. -- -- secondary

driving maul.

The bridge will be

0:52:130:52:25

pleased if they are only going to

concede three points.

The first one

0:52:250:52:30

here, clearly dragged down. This is

a second one. Where is that going to

0:52:300:52:37

go? Well, maybe the referee will say

in the balance of probability, that

0:52:370:52:46

definitely would have been scored

because it was further out than he

0:52:460:52:51

would like. As they say, were seen

those given.

There is Conor Kearns,

0:52:510:53:01

born in San Francisco, but played

for monster under 20s. Ireland

0:53:010:53:08

universities, USA age-group teams.

Former university College Dublin

0:53:080:53:10

student. And now to give Oxford

their first points of the match, a

0:53:100:53:18

look from the touch judges.

Eventually satisfied. Oxford on the

0:53:180:53:22

board. Again Cambridge will be very,

very satisfied it's only three

0:53:220:53:26

points for Oxford.

There is some

reward for Oxford's efforts this

0:53:260:53:33

half, for which they've been

dominant for a good 50, 60%.

0:53:330:53:42

Cambridge in no hurry for the

restart. In the sea eventually

0:53:420:53:48

coming forward. Harlequins Academy

just across the road at the

0:53:480:53:50

Twickenham Stoop. Since this one

high. A spill from Wilson. Penalty

0:53:500:53:59

to Cambridge. It happened so often.

Immediately cede the advantage from

0:53:590:54:09

an error.

It's instinctive as well

that Fifita had enough time...

It's

0:54:090:54:22

looked a bit... He knows.

He's in an

offside position. It came forward

0:54:220:54:28

off the hands of Will Wilson. We've

seen it done and very high level.

0:54:280:54:32

Happens all the time in rugby.

Sometimes it's just instinctive.

0:54:320:54:37

Probably did have a moment to think

about what was going on. And an

0:54:370:54:43

opportunity immediately for

Cambridge and Mike Phillips. To

0:54:430:54:46

extend their lead. Once again he

shoves it wide. His last kick, to

0:54:460:55:00

the right-hand side. It might well

be a close game. This one has every

0:55:000:55:06

look of that. These kicks could

prove costly.

10-3, which is what it

0:55:060:55:12

would have been. Had he kicked the

other two. Which were definitely

0:55:120:55:17

kickable. Very different complexion

on the game at half-time if you go

0:55:170:55:21

in with a converted try lead.

To the

Cambridge forwards again. There is

0:55:210:55:33

Nick Koster. Ed Elvin reluctant to

get out of the way there. Amesbury

0:55:330:55:45

has tremendous power. Former sevens

player with great upper body

0:55:450:55:47

strength. Nick Koster tries to get

that offload, it goes forward to

0:55:470:55:54

Hunter. Hennessy gathers it in. The

knock-on brings the scrum to Oxford.

0:55:540:56:00

Talking about the power. When you

have what you have here, a number of

0:56:000:56:08

pro-or former pro players against

essentially amateurs, the training

0:56:080:56:13

regimes they've been brought up with

will be vastly superior.

A Word for

0:56:130:56:20

Ollie Phillips in your picture

there, this is his final match of

0:56:200:56:22

rugby ever he promises, 35, former

England sevens captain, terrible

0:56:220:56:28

injury in 2013 with his calf, he

retired. He was world sevens Player

0:56:280:56:33

of the Year in 2009. He does so many

other things now. He's a poll

0:56:330:56:40

tracker, mountain climber. He works

in the city. Doing an executive MBA.

0:56:400:56:46

This is his last game of rugby.

Moorby flinging it away. A penalty.

0:56:460:56:59

The referee Christophe Ridley

spotted a push from Ollie Phillips.

0:56:590:57:05

His wily ways. Illegal wily ways.

Well spotted by the referee.

0:57:050:57:12

Definite push. It shows what

happens. If a planned move goes

0:57:120:57:18

wrong and you are mistimed by

stopping pass, which that was, to

0:57:180:57:22

move the ball on is almost certainly

going to you in more trouble. Kearns

0:57:220:57:30

gets a decent distance on this.

Phillips stretching those old limbs

0:57:300:57:34

to try to get to that one. Can't

keep it in. There will likely be one

0:57:340:57:42

period of play now before half-time.

From their point of view, ideal.

0:57:420:57:46

Maybe you could say vital. They

record another score. Doesn't matter

0:57:460:57:53

how it comes, penalty, drop goal.

Just register something. Going with

0:57:530:57:56

the lead.

Elvin again. This time

taken by the big right hand of

0:57:560:58:04

Charlie Pozniak. Sent it back to

soar. Stileman coming in off the

0:58:040:58:08

wing again. Oxford moving forward.

Moor gives it onto Edgerley but the

0:58:080:58:18

ball is spilled. Cambridge will have

the scrum. More threat about Oxford

0:58:180:58:24

when they come forward.

In reality,

Cambridge, their attacking phases of

0:58:240:58:34

play, certainly the first 1015

metres were mainly forward

0:58:340:58:38

orientated. We get to see the back

three, the dangerous back three, of

0:58:380:58:42

Cambridge. As I say, a little bit

more fluency from Oxford without

0:58:420:58:49

registering the scores. Made a

couple of clean breaks. Haven't been

0:58:490:58:54

known to capitalise on them. I would

think Cambridge will take half-time

0:58:540:59:03

now, get the ball off the field.

That's what I was thinking. They had

0:59:030:59:07

that look about them. The ability to

they have time to find a good touch.

0:59:070:59:24

We talked about the professional

game, weight training, conditioning,

0:59:240:59:30

look at Charlie Amesbury as he finds

a good touch. He is every inch the

0:59:300:59:35

professional Rugby player. They are

the Andrew Burnett fans. I think

0:59:350:59:40

it's his face. It is partridge like.

Excited members of the public.

Their

0:59:400:59:51

idol finds his man. With this final

attack in the first half. A chance

0:59:510:59:58

for Hennessy. Hennessy is in the

try. He scores, they celebrate. I

0:59:581:00:05

wonder if the referee might be

having a look. Hennessy celebrates.

1:00:051:00:11

What a try that is given. What a way

to finish this first half for

1:00:111:00:15

Cambridge.

1:00:151:00:23

We are checking for forward pass

before the try was scored.

It was

1:00:261:00:36

beautifully timed.

1:00:361:00:40

That looks forward to me. It's

whether the hands were moving

1:00:441:00:50

towards...

That is a marginal one.

That is marginal.

1:00:501:00:56

You almost want to see it from the

other side. To see where the hands

1:00:561:01:00

are going.

Those are all the angles.

For me that pass from 12 his hands

1:01:001:01:09

are going forward and the ball goes

forward to.

No try. Well, big, big

1:01:091:01:14

decision there. Cheers from the

Oxford supporters. Ex-askerated look

1:01:141:01:22

from Hennessy, now Boos from the

light blues. -- exasperated.

I think

1:01:221:01:31

in the end it was probably right.

It's the movement of the hands. Well

1:01:311:01:43

worked move. Lovely line.

1:01:431:01:49

Had the run been delayed by a yard,

would still have worked. Probably if

1:01:571:02:02

there is a fault and culpability, it

lies with the runner.

Well, it's a

1:02:021:02:11

seven-point decision because under

the posts went Hennessy and the

1:02:111:02:13

clock is now red and Oxford looking

to win this and they're the ones who

1:02:131:02:17

want to get this half over now.

Although the scrum again looking

1:02:171:02:23

pretty solid there. Not kicking it

out yet as Kearns carries. Still

1:02:231:02:33

they come.

Still thinking of more points in

1:02:331:02:39

this half, Oxford.

Deep it goes to Moor.

1:02:391:02:51

Pick up and go by Talotti. It's

still there for Oxford, a minute of

1:02:511:02:57

red time played. Still they go

looking for more. Number eight is

1:02:571:03:03

there. Elvin comes in to clear out.

And Ball again. Good defence from

1:03:031:03:11

Koster.

And now it's loose. Edgerley has to

1:03:111:03:15

scuttle back. It's still loose. But

out it goes. That will end an

1:03:151:03:21

intriguing entertaining first half.

Yes. Not many points scored.

1:03:211:03:32

Enjoyable half.

That one try from

Chris Bell, the Cambridge scrum half

1:03:321:03:36

but certainly all to play for in the

second half of this 136th Varsity

1:03:361:03:41

match.

1:03:411:03:47

The weather at the moment is

wretched, so if you are sitting at

1:03:501:03:54

home in front of the telly on

Thursday afternoon this is an

1:03:541:03:57

enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

Obviously the game is fascinatingly

1:03:571:04:01

poised but key moments in the last

few minutes. Big decision made by

1:04:011:04:08

the TMO, referee, assistant

1:04:081:04:09

the TMO, referee, assistant

referees. You wanted to pick up on

1:04:091:04:12

the fact that there were two minutes

of play in the red zone there. There

1:04:121:04:16

was no reason for Oxford to keep on

playing there at all.

Yeah, the risk

1:04:161:04:21

of reward of playing in that, when

the clock is up, they get a

1:04:211:04:26

turnover, holding penalty there.

Obviously Cambridge would be allowed

1:04:261:04:28

to kick to touch and get the line

out. So, yeah, maybe question why

1:04:281:04:33

they're trying to play but it's

quite daft, I think.

What about the

1:04:331:04:37

quality of the game?

I enjoyed it.

Last year was a fantastic rugby

1:04:371:04:41

match. Today, even though the

scoreline isn't high, it's been

1:04:411:04:46

enthralling stuff. Both sides hugely

committed. The quality, five

1:04:461:04:51

handling errors I think and ropey

conditions, so it's been good. The

1:04:511:04:56

guys as you expect are fully into it

and it's been a gripping game.

We

1:04:561:05:00

have a few examples here of some of

the tackles especially in the first

1:05:001:05:03

quarter of an hour.

1:05:031:05:04

the tackles especially in the first

quarter of an hour. A long period of

1:05:041:05:06

dominance by Oxford but Cambridge

defence weren't messing around.

It's

1:05:061:05:11

been special. Just the commitment

from both teams. Some of the shots

1:05:111:05:21

going in are painful toll watch.

It's on both sides -- painful to

1:05:211:05:25

watch. The referee is do a great job

as well.

In terms of opportunities

1:05:251:05:30

at key moments, the wrong player

from the attacking team's point of

1:05:301:05:33

view, the wrong player has been

there to take the ball away of some

1:05:331:05:38

key turnovers, especially by

Cambridge at certain moments.

Yeah,

1:05:381:05:41

and they needed it. You felt there

was dominance coming in and again, I

1:05:411:05:45

guess it's new laws, but some of the

expansive rugby played, but

1:05:451:05:49

fantastic turnovers. Back three have

been working very well for

1:05:491:05:52

Cambridge. It's much needed because

they're under a lot of pressure from

1:05:521:05:56

Oxford.

Amesbury has had an

exceptional game.

Special

1:05:561:06:05

interception there which probably

saved seven points. The back three

1:06:051:06:09

are doing a great job. Clearing up

line breaks and at times when

1:06:091:06:14

they've been under severe pressure.

Key turnovers are vital points. It's

1:06:141:06:21

an exciting game to watch actually.

We have the only try coming up here

1:06:211:06:27

from Bell. You can talk about how

important it is to have intricacy of

1:06:271:06:31

passing and off load and everything,

but forwards win matches, and

1:06:311:06:35

forwards created this try.

You look

at the different size and weight

1:06:351:06:39

packs with the sides and Chris Bell

has had an outstanding first half,

1:06:391:06:43

really bossed the game well. What an

extraordinary good scrummage from

1:06:431:06:47

Cambridge. They struggled in

forwards previously particularly

1:06:471:06:50

when Oxford went through that

six-game winning streak. It's been

1:06:501:06:53

fantastic to see Chris Bell pick up

a gift of a try.

Before the match we

1:06:531:07:00

were saying it's a huge game for the

Cambridge forwards having watched

1:07:001:07:05

them the last few months, having to

bring that intensity, so to drive

1:07:051:07:10

Oxford off their own ball, it was

special to score that try. The scrum

1:07:101:07:14

half enjoyed that I think.

It's a

generational thing about forward

1:07:141:07:18

passes, what are the laws and is it

the hands going forward, the hands

1:07:181:07:21

going back? But this was a big

decision here which could have a

1:07:211:07:25

major empack on the outcome of the

game. What's your take. -- impact.

I

1:07:251:07:30

was jumping for joy seeing Hennessy,

fellow Harlequin, playing in number

1:07:301:07:35

12 going under the sticks. Forward

pass. No doubt. Hands were forward.

1:07:351:07:40

Ball moved forward as well. That is

a potential game changer that

1:07:401:07:45

decision. Oxford will take a lot of

confidence from that going into half

1:07:451:07:52

time, would have been two points

down.

We do see a lot of those

1:07:521:07:56

given.

In years gone past I expect

everyone, including the referee, had

1:07:561:08:01

a few drinks on board before the

game started! It's all changed.

I

1:08:011:08:06

know there is a big lunch for teams

that played 50 years ago.

I am

1:08:061:08:10

missing out actually!

They're on the port at the moment.

1:08:101:08:14

You can go back in a second. Six nil

to Cambridge. One try and a penalty.

1:08:141:08:19

Looking at the pictures of that on

u-tube this morning it was 50-000

1:08:191:08:29

people or so. When you look at the

place this game has in the rugby

1:08:291:08:32

calendar, do you think it should be

moved to a Saturday, or played some

1:08:321:08:36

other time to give it more

preeminence or is it here because

1:08:361:08:40

history dictates that and that's

fine?

There are so many different

1:08:401:08:43

variations around whether you should

play at a different stadium, on a

1:08:431:08:47

Saturday. Both of us and everyone

who enjoys the Varsity match it's a

1:08:471:08:51

special occasion. Not only to be

part of as a player but also as a

1:08:511:08:57

fan. I think it's a unique day out

for objection Fathered and Cambridge

1:08:571:09:02

and has its place in the -- day out

for Oxford and Cambridge.

We talk

1:09:021:09:09

about the Barbarians, British Lions

and all the matches that happen

1:09:091:09:13

outside the domestic leagues and

international calendar. I think the

1:09:131:09:16

Varsity match has a place up there

as well. It's a huge tradition, the

1:09:161:09:21

history, players who have played

down the years. It's a magnificent

1:09:211:09:28

fixture and long may it continue.

Hopefully we can see in years to

1:09:281:09:30

come a bigger crowd and get back to

where it was in the 60s, 70s, and

1:09:301:09:38

they sell out dwik nap.

It is

interesting because you look at some

1:09:381:09:41

of the players who are coming back

to university -- Twickenham. They've

1:09:411:09:49

all gone through professional rugby

and are enjoying rugby so much more

1:09:491:09:54

rather than pressure cooker of

Premiership rugby, they're saying we

1:09:541:09:58

want to play, enjoy it, have a great

time as Jamie did when he was

1:09:581:10:02

playing.

Olly Phillips playing at

35, there was a period in the middle

1:10:021:10:06

of his career it was all about the

money and all about the result to be

1:10:061:10:11

all and end all and he is finishing

his career as he began, for the

1:10:111:10:14

sheer love of playing the game, it's

the joy of being a rugby player.

I

1:10:141:10:20

will never turning up to training

and lads late because they've had

1:10:201:10:23

lectures. They're not getting paid

to play. The result matters but it's

1:10:231:10:27

more the friendships and

relationships you form when you are

1:10:271:10:30

there. You play for fun. It's purely

for fun. For those lads like Olly

1:10:301:10:35

who are going back to do - who have

played professional rugby, it's an

1:10:351:10:40

amazing feeling when you are playing

just for fun and for the

1:10:401:10:43

relationships you make.

Earlier

today for the third time at

1:10:431:10:46

Twickenham the women's match took

place with Cambridge and Oxford.

1:10:461:10:49

Here are a couple of the key

moments.

1:10:491:10:59

That ball is going to stay inside

the 22. Time for Middleton to run.

1:11:001:11:06

One on one. She decides to hack it

on. It's chased. It's into the bread

1:11:061:11:12

basket. Gibson still going for the

line. It was made by Middleton.

1:11:121:11:16

Gibson will finish it off. What a

final five minutes.

1:11:161:11:24

Another Cambridge scrum. Kate Marks

will not get the opportunity. Pass

1:11:271:11:36

is away. Off to the far side. It's

in and straight and clear. It's

1:11:361:11:41

Nicholls who goes over and that will

be the match now. Time has run out

1:11:411:11:46

for Oxford.

The two captains are here with us

1:11:461:11:52

now.

1:11:521:11:53

The two captains are here with us

now. Obviously one more happy from

1:11:531:11:56

the other. What did that mean to you

being out there today and scoring

1:11:561:11:58

that try?

It meant so much. I am so

proud of the girls. It was really

1:11:581:12:03

tough to take that loss last year

and we did everything that we could

1:12:031:12:08

to put us in a position to win back

that trophy and we did. I am

1:12:081:12:12

absolutely ecstatic.

Here is your

try. When the ball was kicked here.

1:12:121:12:18

Were you thinking Kick It Out of

play?

I was thinking I want to

1:12:181:12:22

support Alice. I shoe she would be

able to get around some of their

1:12:221:12:26

defence. I wasn't expecting the

kick. As soon as she did it I knew I

1:12:261:12:30

had to get there first. Luckily

that's what happened. I had the pace

1:12:301:12:34

to finish. It was a little bit

unexpected but we made it work.

1:12:341:12:38

That's fine.

Sophie, 0-0 until

almost five minutes before

1:12:381:12:43

half-time. It could have gone either

way.

It definitely could. At

1:12:431:12:46

half-time we had a massive reset. We

played them as two separate matches.

1:12:461:12:51

They were lucky in the last minutes

of the first half. Yeah, I think it

1:12:511:12:55

could have gone either way until the

last 20 minutes really.

Tell us

1:12:551:12:58

about the conditions. It was pretty

wretched.

When I came off my feet

1:12:581:13:06

were squelching so much! Wringing

out all the clothes.

The experience

1:13:061:13:10

of playing here, what is it like, a

lot of the team were doing it for

1:13:101:13:13

the first time, what have they said

about the vibe?

I mean, it's just an

1:13:131:13:18

incredible experience, from start to

finish. I am so lucky this is the

1:13:181:13:23

third time I have done it and it

never gets old. Still it's an honour

1:13:231:13:29

to be on this pitch, especially to

be scoring tries. But just to be

1:13:291:13:34

here and have the whole experience

of playing at Twickenham is a luxury

1:13:341:13:37

and we are so lucky to have that.

Are you going to have that try on a

1:13:371:13:41

loop and just watch it all night

every night now?

I might watch it a

1:13:411:13:46

few more times!

I bet you will.

Thank you for talking to us, have a

1:13:461:13:49

great night. Well done to all. The

sport here on BBC television

1:13:491:13:54

culminates in Liverpool in ten days'

time.

1:13:541:14:01

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1:14:011:14:06

after the hard yards, hard games are

done, the giants conquered and

1:14:061:14:11

trophies etched forever, after the

legends have taken their bow, and

1:14:111:14:16

new ones have emerged there is only

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And one or two other things to tell

you about. The Six Nations begins

1:14:301:14:33

with Wales and Scotland. What a

fantastic match that is to kick off

1:14:331:14:36

the championship.

1:14:361:14:39

And snooker follows us here on BBC

Two.

1:14:471:14:51

So, just waiting for the players to

come out for the second half. It's

1:14:511:14:57

quite - it's a game without any

defined shape in many ways. You

1:14:571:15:01

can't say one side is dominant in

any area. What would you have been

1:15:011:15:05

saying at half-time from - let's

make you the Oxford captain, what

1:15:051:15:09

would you have been saying from that

perspective?

In the last 20 the ball

1:15:091:15:15

was flying about, they were keen to

press on. I think you have to

1:15:151:15:18

tighten things up and control the

game more than they were in that

1:15:181:15:21

first half. Just try and, as Martin

said at the outset, bring order,

1:15:211:15:26

first tackles, first set piece,

bring calmness to the play. It's all

1:15:261:15:29

over the shop at the moment.

There

is

1:15:291:15:48

the magnificently moustacheowed

Waldouck. Let's go back to the

1:15:491:15:52

commentary.

COMMENTATOR: There was that glimpse

1:15:521:15:57

of Waldouck on in the centre for

Oxford.

1:15:571:16:01

Again a player of real talent.

1:16:011:16:04

He has played once this season. He

had a back operation in the summer.

1:16:071:16:11

It was a doubt whether he might be

on the bench today.

1:16:111:16:14

But he is on the pitch now.

And he is on for Moorby, he was

1:16:141:16:21

struggling with that shoulder

problem. Carried on now by Wilson.

1:16:211:16:28

Good early defensive work from

Cambridge. Still Oxford's ball. That

1:16:341:16:40

might be forward. Indeed it was.

1:16:401:16:42

Factor always in games will be how

restrictive teams use their bench

1:16:461:16:51

but you also have the element of

players who either Orange have

1:16:511:16:58

played professional rugby and -- who

either are or have played

1:16:581:17:03

professional rugby and see which of

the sides fade in the last 20 which

1:17:031:17:08

is inevitable with some of them.

1:17:081:17:11

First scrum of the second half.

Oxford seem to have a bit of an

1:17:141:17:23

edge.

1:17:231:17:26

Less than stable.

Beautiful. The contrast with the

1:17:301:17:39

women's game earlier. It's an

example of line consreks. The front

1:17:391:17:44

goes through and horrible rain and

wind and afterwards it's colder and

1:17:441:17:48

clearer. -- convection. Dear, oh,

dear, I am a tedious man!

Time must

1:17:481:17:57

fly by in your house!

That one scrum

lost is the telling one that brought

1:17:571:18:01

the try for Chris Bell.

The referee will lose patience.

Come

1:18:011:18:16

across.

On this side Henry,

sometimes he gets his head and chest

1:18:161:18:22

underneath.

Feet up, same for you.

At other times it's outside. When

1:18:221:18:32

that happens it's a weak position

scrummaging wise. If he doesn't stay

1:18:321:18:35

in and splits from the hooker, that

means the second row just loses a

1:18:351:18:43

shoulder.

Crouch, bind, set.

Penalty this time to Oxford is the

1:18:431:18:52

decision. Cambridge felt they were

getting a bit of a squeeze on.

1:18:521:19:01

And tempers beginning to just

loosen.

1:19:011:19:05

Not driving straight is the

decision. The Cambridge coaching

1:19:051:19:09

set-up not entirely happy with that

decision. A chance now for Kearns to

1:19:091:19:16

send it to touch. And give the dark

blues the first attacking platform.

1:19:161:19:23

Can't see from this side, but the

loose head rolled in. Depends

1:19:231:19:29

actually whether he was the first to

go in or he was taken in...

1:19:291:19:34

Struggling there, Briggs, but he is

making a record today, 7th

1:19:341:19:38

appearance in the Varsity match.

Studying medicine. You can add on

1:19:381:19:42

extra courses, study for seven

years. Seven years!

1:19:421:19:46

Untidy line out. A chance here.

Plenty of dark blue shirts back

1:19:461:19:51

there. One is Kearns.

Comes out to Cambridge. Chip ahead

1:19:511:20:00

from Bell. Bell chasing it down

himself.

1:20:001:20:06

Enough dark blue bodies back there.

One is David. Back for the 22.

He

1:20:061:20:12

was quickly aware of where the space

was. Didn't get the bounce he

1:20:121:20:18

wanted.

1:20:181:20:23

Does put Cambridge into Oxford

territory.

Height on the restart.

1:20:321:20:38

Long and taken by Charlie Amesbury.

Gives it to Richardson.

1:20:381:20:44

Goes to ground briefly. But went

backwards. Hunter gathers it in.

1:20:441:20:53

Lovely offload now to Koster. Gives

it to Hennessy.

1:20:531:21:01

It's been slowed down now. Needs to

be quicker.

Down the blind side they

1:21:011:21:09

go through Koster.

Forwards linking up again. Taken in

1:21:091:21:15

by Watson.

Phillips gives it on to Burnett.

1:21:151:21:24

Hennessy picks and goes himself.

Richardson. Koster. A good hit comes

1:21:241:21:36

in. Waldouck getting involved. Now a

chance, a real chance. Carried in by

1:21:361:21:42

Russell.

But goes to dark blue hands.

1:21:421:21:47

Haven't seen too much of Russell,

Finn Russell's younger brother.

1:21:471:21:55

There is Fifita.

1:21:551:21:56

Kearns once again, over the head of

Phillips.

1:22:021:22:06

A little bit messy at times. Both

sides making mistakes.

Again a

1:22:061:22:12

partial break. Good offload. Problem

for Cambridge here is when this

1:22:121:22:16

tackle is made they can't get the

ball back quickly.

1:22:161:22:25

So Burnett goes to the front. Hunter

was there. Cambridge with a chance

1:22:271:22:31

to go again. Tackle flying up from

Kearns. Hennessy slipped past it.

1:22:311:22:40

Hunter loses control.

1:22:401:22:45

It's a knock on by dark blue.

Cambridge ball then. That

1:22:491:23:01

Hunter receiving a check. He has

taken a knock there.

1:23:061:23:15

Are you happy, doctor?

The player

wants to go on but the referee

1:23:181:23:21

checking with the doctor that he is

OK to continue, which he is.

Knock

1:23:211:23:27

on blue. Forward.

Still Cambridge

with a good attacking position here.

1:23:271:23:33

Outside the 22 but they've a decent

sized blind side which they seem to

1:23:331:23:40

be ignoring moment. The man waiting

to come on is Miller, coming on in

1:23:401:23:49

the front row, on for Henry.

So loose head change.

1:23:491:24:01

5'7" but he can really get

underneath a tight head.

1:24:041:24:14

Ball started at loose head last

year.

That's totally illegal.

It was

1:24:201:24:28

a free kick. It's now a penalty.

Through the mark.

He has given it

1:24:281:24:34

for pushing early through the mark.

Not only that, Ball's positioning...

1:24:341:24:45

Completely illegal, coming from an

angle. That's why the scrum head

1:24:451:24:49

side, that's why he got the

purchase, because he is effectively

1:24:491:24:55

driving across.

A prop change before

a scrum, it all goes horribly wrong.

1:24:551:25:05

Now Mike Phillips hasn't kicked too

well so far from T today for

1:25:051:25:10

Cambridge. A chance to stretch the

light blues' lead.

1:25:101:25:17

He is happier with that one. Up go

the flags. Cambridge move five

1:25:171:25:27

points clear. A puff of the cheeks

from Mike Phillips. Two misses

1:25:271:25:32

earlier on, that one will give him

more confidence.

1:25:321:25:40

A long restart from Kearns again.

Taken in by Richardson.

1:25:421:25:48

He has had a few charging runs

today.

1:25:481:25:53

Chris Bell points the way. And sends

it that way to Briggs.

1:25:531:26:00

Again good work by Koster. You can

see his rugby quality. Former super

1:26:011:26:10

15 player for The Stormers.

1:26:101:26:14

Bell sends it high. Good take by

Wilson.

1:26:161:26:23

Phillips complaining to the referee.

To no avail. Taken in by Elvin,

1:26:231:26:30

Oxford hooker. Deep to Waldouck. Out

it goes. Now to Moor.

1:26:301:26:43

Fifita again, the Australian. Oh!

Through the middle. And Wilson now

1:26:471:26:52

on the charge. Support outside from

Kearns. Inside now. Miller was

1:26:521:26:58

there. Oxford within 12 metres now

of the Cambridge line. Penalty to

1:26:581:27:02

Cambridge. Holding on to that ball.

Again we see clean break coming to

1:27:021:27:11

nothing.

A man down injured as well.

We will look at that break. But

1:27:111:27:21

doesn't look... Looks unpleasant

injury. But it was a wonderful break

1:27:211:27:26

by Oxford.

Good line. There was

support on the left. Don't think he

1:27:261:27:34

looked.

Wilson to Miller. This was

Wilson.

Is he looking around? No, he

1:27:341:27:42

is looking at what's in front. Not

necessarily where the support is.

1:27:421:27:49

Although he offloaded the ball, the

better line and support lines were

1:27:491:27:55

on the left.

Trying to see who it is

for Cambridge that's down there.

1:27:551:28:05

Watson?

It's going to take about

five minutes. Not sure what you are

1:28:051:28:11

going to do in terms of keeping warm

and stuff.

I think it is Watson.

The

1:28:111:28:16

doctor says it will take about five

minutes, it's up to you in terms of

1:28:161:28:20

keeping warm.

Seems to be holding

swappedling to his ear. --

1:28:201:28:27

swappedling.

The referee says it

will take about five minutes. That's

1:28:271:28:33

the information from the doctor.

Something to do with the neck,

1:28:331:28:37

something serious. He is moving his

fingers.

1:28:371:28:44

Yes, a knee to the ear.

Sizeable

knee, as well, Fifita.

He did a lot

1:28:461:28:53

of the good carrying work for Oxford

in the first half. They'll need him

1:28:531:28:59

to do that again.

It is Watson.

Matt Watson.

1:28:591:29:17

So Matt Watson is the man down

injured.

1:29:171:29:22

Taking every care with him. He knew

instantly, felt it on his knee.

1:29:221:29:27

Didn't look too bad but clearly has

done some damage. This is the try

1:29:271:29:32

for Bell earlier. The Cambridge

scrum, we were talking about Atsu

1:29:321:29:36

half-time, as well, Oxford had a

good scrum but that one went

1:29:361:29:40

horribly wrong.

Normally from a

tight head you want to be down and

1:29:401:29:46

low, he got in under to lift. The

Oxford loose head. Once you are out

1:29:461:29:52

the side there, not only are you

ineffective, but the platform for

1:29:521:29:59

the second row, you know, on your

right, it leaves you completely and

1:29:591:30:03

nothing you can do. Scrum is going

to go back once you split the hooker

1:30:031:30:08

and loose head like that.

1:30:081:30:17

Putting a neck brace on as well. You

hope... Hope is the wrong word to

1:30:171:30:25

use, you hope it's the superficial

injury. Something to his ear rather

1:30:251:30:29

than anything more serious.

Sometimes when you see them putting

1:30:291:30:32

on the neck brace... They have to go

through all these precautions, of

1:30:321:30:35

course. It's going to be a long

break here, everyone keeping warm.

1:30:351:30:40

After we restart, keep the momentum

going.

Three purported scores. That

1:30:401:30:48

was definitely an elbowing touch.

Amesbury couldn't get that down.

1:30:481:30:54

Then we had Hennessy as well.

You

can see the runner just overruns.

1:30:541:31:04

Just by a fraction.

It was mad once

he was the link man, he's the man

1:31:041:31:14

down, still receiving treatment.

Doctor said it would take a good few

1:31:141:31:18

minutes. They've been holding his

head in position all that time. It's

1:31:181:31:27

not too serious. The younger brother

of Finn Russell. He plays in the

1:31:271:31:34

Scottish club league. Played a game

with Finn when Finn Russell was

1:31:341:31:37

coming back from injury, played

together. They haven't had much to

1:31:371:31:41

do in this game, Russell, not too

many interventions.

This is an

1:31:411:31:46

important time in the game. By that

I mean when long breaks like this

1:31:461:31:51

take place, unfortunately they have

two when you have medical

1:31:511:31:55

situations. Once I'd always comes

out the better. One side responds

1:31:551:32:02

more quickly. Doesn't matter whether

you go drills, having a chat. It

1:32:021:32:09

invariably happens.

We talked about

the physicality of the game at

1:32:091:32:16

half-time. There have been some huge

ships coming in. Double tackles as

1:32:161:32:20

well. The art of the modern game,

low and high. Didn't even have the

1:32:201:32:32

ball. But a good game as well. Just

five points the difference. As Brian

1:32:321:32:39

was saying, after the restart, a

long bit of treatment to Matt

1:32:391:32:43

Watson. It imperative... It's like

going out for the start of the game

1:32:431:32:49

again, concentrating on the first

ten minutes, then going hard.

1:32:491:32:54

Starting from scratch can be very

difficult.

Still wondering what the

1:32:541:33:03

significance of those... The missed

conversion and the missed penalty by

1:33:031:33:07

Mike Phillips might be. The

converted score will see Oxford go

1:33:071:33:15

in front, had he kicked his kicks.

They'd be five points further up.

1:33:151:33:21

Therefore beyond that. Needing two

scores for Oxford to overhaul them.

1:33:211:33:26

Mike Phillips landed his last kick.

He did it too early. One is a missed

1:33:261:33:32

conversion, missed penalty. They

weren't the most difficult kicks. It

1:33:321:33:35

should come down to a matter of fine

margins later. This wasn't too far

1:33:351:33:39

wide. His conversion earlier on was.

A 5-point game. Players applauding

1:33:391:33:51

off their team-mate, only now

leaving the field. Just being loaded

1:33:511:33:56

onto the body. There is Dom Waldouck

in the foreground. Just looking at

1:33:561:34:04

the list of international players

who played in this fixture, as Matt

1:34:041:34:09

Watson takes his applause, we wish

him all the very best. There really

1:34:091:34:13

is a list of the great and good of

rugby. Gavin Hastings was a captain,

1:34:131:34:23

of a winning Cambridge side in 1995.

You're looking quizzical.

I'm

1:34:231:34:37

wondering what course they did.

A

sad sight for Matt Watson, receiving

1:34:371:34:43

all the care he should. We hope it's

not too serious. He's certainly

1:34:431:34:50

played his part in this game, some

big, big carriers. A carry in that

1:34:501:34:56

try, chalked off for Jake Hennessey.

I don't know what his degree was.

1:34:561:35:03

English. I think it was a proper

course. Gavin did land economy.

Did

1:35:031:35:10

look too straight from Cambridge at

the line-out. That's fine, says the

1:35:101:35:14

referee. It from Mike Phillips. The

mark just called by Sam Edgerley. He

1:35:141:35:21

knew where he was. We chuckle at

land economy, I'm sure it's a

1:35:211:35:29

valuable sportsman's degree. Gavin

Hastings is watching, cursing at the

1:35:291:35:35

television.

Charlie Amesbury is

doing a Masters in social innovation

1:35:351:35:45

can I have no idea what that is.

Hopefully he does by this stage of

1:35:451:35:52

his degree. Social innovation. Taken

well by Cambridge. We talk about the

1:35:521:35:56

importance of the restart, getting

into the flow of the game again. A

1:35:561:36:00

good hit, Stephen Leonard. Alun Wyn

Jones and George Norton went to

1:36:001:36:06

school there. Richardson again.

Leonard once more. Andrew Hunter,

1:36:061:36:32

Cambridge linking well, lovely from

Russell. The pass wasn't so good.

1:36:321:36:37

Despite the attempt to control from

Henry King, it's in Oxford hands

1:36:371:36:40

now. Sam Baldock sees the space.

Outside, not quite, -- Waldouk sees

1:36:401:36:54

the space. Scrum for Cambridge. Just

had to juggle. No excuse for that

1:36:541:37:15

kind of pass. Nor indeed that sort

of drop. The former Heineken Cup

1:37:151:37:22

winner with Wasps, Dom Waldouck.

Former Saracens Premiership winner

1:37:221:37:28

Andy Saull.

1:37:281:37:35

I was going to say it was for

Movember, but we've moved beyond

1:37:391:37:45

Movember, so he has no excuse, Dom

Waldouck. Phillips gives it deep,

1:37:451:37:50

the chance for Cambridge. Amesbury

hitting the line from full-back,

1:37:501:37:54

onto Archie Russell. Cambridge

pouring into secure this ball. Saull

1:37:541:38:02

trying to get his hands on, can't

get it there. Nick Koster, the

1:38:021:38:08

second row. Will Briggs. Briggs

still going, not quite held.

1:38:081:38:16

Cambridge with a 5-point lead

looking for another try. There is

1:38:161:38:19

Russell, Russell Grant the outside.

A score for Cambridge, Archie

1:38:191:38:24

Russell has their second. Cambridge

moving further clear.

Cambridge very

1:38:241:38:31

narrow in attack for a moment. I

thought they would have to drive

1:38:311:38:34

close. Eventually we managed to

regroup out wide left. Simple art,

1:38:341:38:42

well taken. Well recognised by the

scrum-half, to take the right

1:38:421:38:51

option, the correct option.

His

brother take so many of the

1:38:511:38:59

headlines in rugby these days. Finn

Russell. Archie Russell getting the

1:38:591:39:03

try, the second try for Cambridge.

The other problem that caused that

1:39:031:39:08

Fox had was the defensive line

wasn't flat, it was dog lead.

Won

1:39:081:39:17

the Scottish Premiership title last

year with air. Had to get a first

1:39:171:39:21

class honours degree in chemical

engineering at Strathclyde to get

1:39:211:39:25

into Cambridge. -- with Ayr.

Cambridge is now ten points clear.

1:39:251:39:35

You can see Ed Davey two yards

behind. The inside defender gives

1:39:351:39:43

the natural arc. Space for Russell.

He was good enough to take

1:39:431:39:46

advantage.

1:39:461:39:56

Hops away from the touchline.

Edgerley comes forward. Tries to

1:39:561:40:02

skip his way around Henry Rose, who

is on the field for Matt Watson.

1:40:021:40:08

Receiving treatment deep inside the

stadium. Here is Waldouck, he loops

1:40:081:40:16

it out to Dan Moor, who stabs it

forward. Amesbury weights. Good take

1:40:161:40:27

by Kershaw. Into Edgerley. Stileman.

Powerful winger. Still going, lovely

1:40:271:40:37

work to Will Wilson. Stileman the

man of the match a couple of years

1:40:371:40:45

ago. We saw his power on the wing.

He's gathering it up now, tries to

1:40:451:40:49

drive his way up over the halfway

line. Kershaw calling in support.

1:40:491:41:05

Kieran Ball now. Oxford have to find

something. Ten points adrift. Kearns

1:41:051:41:11

sees a bit of space over the head of

Henry King. It sits nicely for

1:41:111:41:17

Oxford. King has to be lively now.

He's under all sorts of pressure.

1:41:171:41:23

Mother is there. The other dark

shirts arrive. -- Moor is there.

1:41:231:41:35

Down to ground goes Buchan

Richardson. And the boot just

1:41:351:41:45

teasing it out. Saull comes through.

1:41:451:41:58

Cambridge under pressure. They have

the ball, the forwards, though.

1:42:001:42:04

Inside their own 22. Bell sends up

the box-kick. Taken by Edgerley.

1:42:041:42:18

Flings it infield. Will Wilson has

been lined up. Bundling forward,

1:42:181:42:23

great run by Wilson. Oxford on the

front foot again. Kearns trying to

1:42:231:42:31

dig his way in, off-loads it now.

Couldn't get his hands on it is Hugo

1:42:311:42:37

McPherson. Cambridge have it anyway.

Amesbury from a standing start. Wall

1:42:371:42:43

dog gets to him. That is not on all

the way back from Oxford. Gives

1:42:431:42:52

Cambridge the scrum. Inside their

own 22, great work by Will Wilson.

A

1:42:521:42:58

clear line break, he needs to be

supported. You have to say Cambridge

1:42:581:43:07

have scrambled well in defence.

Ceded ground occasionally from

1:43:071:43:12

primary phases. Scrambled well.

Hugo

McPherson on the field. Six foot

1:43:121:43:24

seven of him, studying theology. A

former London Irish under 18 's man.

1:43:241:43:28

Looks like Will Briggs is down

injured again. Will Thornton... Rob

1:43:281:43:42

Talotti is coming off.

Ready to play

on? Come on then.

Will Briggs is

1:43:421:43:51

fine to carry on. His seventh

Varsity match.

He is an alumnus from

1:43:511:43:59

Rob Carling's old school. He got

into Durham, he got into Cambridge.

1:43:591:44:06

I don't think you'll get an ordinary

degree either.

Hello, welcome if

1:44:061:44:12

you're watching. -- Will Carling. I

remember watching Gavin Hastings's

1:44:121:44:20

run a touch in a later match.

Pressure on the Cambridge scrum

1:44:201:44:27

here. A few replacements on.

Cambridge in bits and pieces here.

1:44:271:44:33

Oxford going at an angle. The

referee says, we'll reset.

The

1:44:331:44:39

referee, I don't blame them, he's

not on this side, but the assistant

1:44:391:44:45

referee who is should surely be able

to see the scrummaging angle. Of

1:44:451:44:51

Kieran Ball. Who has moved from

loose too tight. He's come across

1:44:511:44:55

this side. It should be obvious now.

It's not straight.

Let's walk it

1:44:551:45:03

over, walk it over, boys, says

Kieran Ball. That is the plan. They

1:45:031:45:08

want to be strike against the head

here. A Cambridge ball. The referee

1:45:081:45:14

Christophe Ridley keeping a close

eye on things this side of the scrum

1:45:141:45:16

this time.

1:45:161:45:18

Cambridge come away with Buchan

Richardson again. Shrugs off the

1:45:261:45:29

tackle first of all of Saull. Again,

Cambridge, this time through Henry

1:45:291:45:39

Rose. The Oxford defence smothering

this Cambridge side. Not letting

1:45:391:45:50

them away from their own 15 metres.

Up it goes from Chris Bell.

1:45:501:45:56

Galloping forward. Edgerley takes

it. Penalty to Oxford. A decision to

1:45:561:46:06

be made here. 18 minutes to go.

Feels the forwards have the edge.

1:46:061:46:23

Ed Elvin looks like he's down

injured at the moment. The Oxford

1:46:241:46:27

hooker. News on that injury to Matt

Watson.

Is still in the medical room

1:46:271:46:38

at the moment but we understand he

is now conscious, his parents are

1:46:381:46:42

with him. They are going to reassess

him in ten to 15 minutes to decide

1:46:421:46:46

if he needs to go to hospital. Heavy

concussion he is suffering from at

1:46:461:46:49

the moment.

Heavy concussion, a

nasty knock-on the side of the head

1:46:491:46:55

for Matt Watson. Oxford with a real

chance. Will Wilson carries it in

1:46:551:47:00

himself. Eight metres out. Oxford

come again. Kearns gives it to

1:47:001:47:05

Saull. Closer still, Oxford ten

points behind. Can they had back?

1:47:051:47:12

Kieran Ball. The tight head prop

does his bit. Kershaw get it on.

1:47:121:47:20

Driving forward, two metres short.

Slows down for a moment. Cambridge

1:47:201:47:27

defence quick out-of-the-box. It's

there now for Oxford once again.

1:47:271:47:32

They go no further. Will Briggs with

the good defence. Oxford know they

1:47:321:47:39

have to score soon. Hugo McPherson

carries. Now for Oxford. Pozniak.

1:47:391:47:44

His bit. Kearns stretches. Still an

Oxford ball. Wired it goes. Moor.

1:47:441:47:57

Tries to shuffle his way over. A

metre short. The ball is still there

1:47:571:48:01

for the Oxford forwards. A try is

given. Oxford hit back on the 11th

1:48:011:48:07

phase, they've got their first try

of the match. Game on here at

1:48:071:48:11

Twickenham. The man coming up with

it is Will Wilson. Fitting he's been

1:48:111:48:15

so busy, so impressive in this game.

He had the first try for the dark

1:48:151:48:19

Blues.

Good patients from Oxford.

Very easy to panic when you see the

1:48:191:48:28

line. The wrong options. Cambridge's

defence holding for a while. In the

1:48:281:48:41

end, the simple weight of numbers.

Good power to take that over. We get

1:48:411:48:55

the feeling that

of the two sides

Cambridge are slightly wilting.

1:48:551:49:02

We'll see what happens from the

resulting kick-off. They can't

1:49:021:49:06

afford to play too much more rugby

in their own 22.

Three points in it.

1:49:061:49:12

15 minutes and a little bit more to

go. After the trial from Will

1:49:121:49:16

Wilson. -- the try from Will Wilson.

Poor old Chris Bell, the Cambridge

1:49:161:49:31

scrum-half, trying to stop Will

Wilson, it's no mean feat. Just

1:49:311:49:39

three points in it. Changes being

made for Oxford. I think Alex Hogg

1:49:391:49:44

is on in the wing for Ed David.

There is Kieran Ball again. There is

1:49:441:49:58

Alex Hogg. The kick. Hennessy gives

it to Ollie Phillips. Taken down by

1:49:581:50:11

MacPherson. Rose took Coster. --

Rose to Koster. The ball loose. A

1:50:111:50:31

knock-on from Oxford. Cambridge ball

at the scrum.

Cambridge perhaps

1:50:311:50:37

lucky, the option was to put the

ball wide. You see the knock-on.

1:50:371:50:48

Alex Hogg fresh on the field,

another former Harlequins Academy

1:50:481:50:53

player. Big unit, plays for the

backs, but six foot four and

1:50:531:51:00

powerful as well.

1:51:001:51:09

Solid scrum that time. Phillips.

Across the Ollie Phillips to run

1:51:221:51:26

onto. It beats him and Sam Edgerley.

They have a little stare off. Ball

1:51:261:51:34

into touch.

Just too far. The option

was on. You can see how much room

1:51:341:51:44

there was. Cambridge 3-point lead,

the forwards need to dig deep. Still

1:51:441:51:57

enough time for Oxford, they do need

to panic. They played the better

1:51:571:52:01

rugby in the second half.

The

line-out stats for Oxford, perfect

1:52:011:52:06

record so far. That one comes down

through MacPherson, then a knock-on.

1:52:061:52:17

A close game last year when

Cambridge ended bad run of six

1:52:171:52:22

successive wins for Oxford.

Promising to be equally close this

1:52:221:52:26

year. There have been 14 draws in

the long history of this fixture.

1:52:261:52:35

Certainly wouldn't rule that out

either.

1:52:351:52:42

Again, bit of a mess at the scrum.

The angles. Penalty straight to

1:52:521:52:56

ground, says the referee. Penalty to

Cambridge.

Kieran Ball doesn't like

1:52:561:53:08

it. But the referee looked properly

at his scrummaging position, it

1:53:081:53:17

would be every time.

Good touch play

from Charlie Amesbury. Almost right

1:53:171:53:24

on the five metre line for this

line-out for Andrew Brenner at.

A

1:53:241:53:29

chance for Cambridge if they can

drive over here.

Burnett. He was

1:53:291:53:41

with Wasps as a youngster. Find his

man again. Cambridge trying to

1:53:411:53:46

adjust. Held at the back by Jonathan

Dixon, everybody coming in. Phillips

1:53:461:53:52

is there. Cambridge Rolling and

rumbling towards the line, over they

1:53:521:53:55

go, just have to get it down. The

try is given. There it is. Just over

1:53:551:54:02

ten minutes to go. Another try the

Cambridge. A forward effort, team

1:54:021:54:07

effort, the backs pouring in as

well. The man to come up with the

1:54:071:54:12

ball, fittingly, is Charlie

Amesbury.

Tremendous effort by

1:54:121:54:17

Cambridge. Got to get the basic try.

They did. That is well set up. All

1:54:171:54:22

isolated at the back. They keep it

straight. -- ball isolated at the

1:54:221:54:34

back. Can't get anywhere near the

carrying man. So many times you see

1:54:341:54:39

packs start the drive forward before

the base is there, before the ball

1:54:391:54:44

is properly isolated. Cambridge

didn't do that and got the reward.

1:54:441:54:52

That was social innovation from

Charlie Amesbury. Again, one of the

1:54:521:54:57

players with professional

experience. The Newcastle, Sale,

1:54:571:55:03

Bristol, his try against Mike

Phillips, the conversion attempt. A

1:55:031:55:07

good chase by Sam Edgerley. Chasing

down one of the best kicks of the

1:55:071:55:11

day from Mike Phillips. Cambridge

hit 20 points.

Properly funded. Good

1:55:111:55:18

spread of players in front.

1:55:181:55:28

Ollie Phillips is. So he has stepped

off the rugby pitch for the final

1:55:311:55:36

time. Cambridge now from deep inside

their own 22. With that ten point

1:55:361:55:47

advantage heading into the final

nine minutes.

1:55:471:55:54

Bell finds Will Wilson. Wilson into

Rory Triniman, who is on the field.

1:56:011:56:05

He scored the winning try last year.

And there is Kieran Ball again.

1:56:051:56:17

Oxford certainly haven't given up

yet, this is still salvageable. He

1:56:171:56:21

comes into play for scrum and gives

it onto Pozniak. Then Wilson.

1:56:211:56:28

Wilson, still so much energy and

strength. Hugo McPherson. Holligan

1:56:281:56:42

gives it deep to wall duck. Take the

tackle from Archie Russell. -- Hogg.

1:56:421:56:56

Noah Miller, the replacement prop.

Briggs, the loosehead prop, does

1:56:561:57:01

well for Cambridge. Then Henry Rose.

Again, just teased back by Bell,

1:57:011:57:20

scoring his first try for Cambridge.

Script that one high, not too much

1:57:201:57:24

distance on it. Taken well by Buchan

Richardson. Oxford trying to hold up

1:57:241:57:36

the Cambridge forwards, Elvin comes

away. Kearns looking for the

1:57:361:57:43

off-load to Kieran Ball. Is there a

way back into this for Oxford now?

1:57:431:57:53

Hogg. Alex Hogg goes to ground.

Edgerley. Nicely played. Still

1:57:531:58:00

going, losing the strike, tries to

keep it alive and does well. Still

1:58:001:58:03

there with Oxford. They have to

score and have to score quickly.

1:58:031:58:16

These bill from Hugo McPherson,

bouncing off his chest. Cambridge

1:58:161:58:19

have it. Russell with the clearing

kick. Moor watching it. A quick take

1:58:191:58:30

from the Canadian International. He

gives it back to Moor. Things

1:58:301:58:41

becoming just a little bit desperate

for Oxford. A spill from Ed Elvin.

1:58:411:58:47

An opportunity to close this out.

Henry Rose takes it in. Phillips.

1:58:471:58:57

Shaping the kick, then gives it to

Hennessy. Blood on the face of

1:58:571:59:00

Koster. Still playing. Give it to

Rory Triniman.

He's a reloaded, it's

1:59:001:59:06

good.

Cambridge heading towards the

final five minutes, still that ten

1:59:061:59:12

point lead. Phillips again gives it

deep to Russell. And on to King.

1:59:121:59:19

King makes his way through. Tries to

off-load. Waldouck need something

1:59:191:59:26

now. Had to let go of that ball, so

Cambridge come away with it. No

1:59:261:59:38

hurry for Cambridge, they'd like one

more score to kill it off. Taken in

1:59:381:59:42

by Stephen Leonard. Bell just taking

his time. Bell gives it to Hennessy.

1:59:421:59:58

Cambridge now closing in. Phillips.

Russell. Slips it onto Amesbury.

1:59:582:00:07

That body power bouncing off one and

two. Koster, lovely little pass. A

2:00:072:00:18

chance for Cambridge. Carried on by

Richardson. Sit it back. Bell. On

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they come to Rose. Within five

metres of a try which would surely

2:00:242:00:29

kill off this game. Nick Koster,

blood still pouring from his face.

2:00:292:00:34

And Will Briggs. Again, points and

waits and goes himself. Bouncing

2:00:342:00:41

back, Will Wilson. Bell shouting

instructions. The forwards weight.

2:00:412:00:47

Richardson is there. Stripped by

wall Waldouck. Into the final four

2:00:472:00:55

minutes. Hugo McPherson. A little

chip from Kearns, to chase himself.

2:00:552:01:05

Can't get there, a spill from

Amesbury, though.

2:01:052:01:12

Oxford are looking to move this

quickly, get this scrum set and one

2:01:122:01:16

final chance but time is certainly

running out.

Waldouck. Superb work.

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Still leaves Oxford in a powerless

position.

Well, a spill there will

2:01:282:01:37

give Oxford this scrum. I think we

have time to do Man of the Match.

2:01:372:01:42

Another breakdown. Who is your Man

of the Match?

The medal is named

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after Cambridge fullback and England

fullback and former BBC commentator

2:01:472:01:54

of distinction, Allister Hignel.

Richardson has had a great game.

2:01:542:01:57

Carried very well. Amesbury done

well. I think overall, he hasn't

2:01:572:02:04

been a standout star, but what he

has done today, he has seen right

2:02:042:02:10

options, been solid, service has

been good, box kicking has been

2:02:102:02:15

great, my medal Man of the Match is

Chris Bell from Emanuel College,

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Cambridge.

Scored the first try,

Chris Bell and takes the medal. This

2:02:212:02:26

was that try. Great work by the

forwards. Yeah, he has been

2:02:262:02:33

orchestrating, pulling the strings,

keeping Cambridge going forward. He

2:02:332:02:37

will receive that medal from Higgie

I am sure.

Scored that try but not

2:02:372:02:43

necessarily the flashiest people and

players who make the greatest

2:02:432:02:47

contributions and he's been a

pivotal link with forwards and

2:02:472:02:51

backs. And taking the right option.

A word for Olly Phillips, stands

2:02:512:02:57

watching and hoping that Cambridge

will see this out because it's the

2:02:572:03:01

end of his professional rugby

career. His rugby career. Changes on

2:03:012:03:07

both sides again.

2:03:072:03:08

Oxford need something here. The

scrum is messy. Has to be now for

2:03:102:03:14

them. Space out there for Moor.

Gives it on. Stileman. Crashing into

2:03:142:03:22

Cambridge bodies. Only three minutes

to go.

2:03:222:03:29

Hogg again. It's deep to Waldouck.

Clinging on to that ball.

2:03:312:03:41

Still Oxford. A tap forward from

Stileman on the wing. That's surely

2:03:492:03:54

the last chance for Oxford.

Celebrations and back slaps already

2:03:542:03:58

for Cambridge. We head into the

final two minutes. That 10-point

2:03:582:04:03

difference. Another man injured on

the far side.

Give credit to the

2:04:032:04:11

Cambridge forwards, because 20

minutes out they were looking as

2:04:112:04:14

though they were fading, under a lot

of pressure. But managed to rouse

2:04:142:04:21

themselves, down the other side and

scored, set up the driving maul try

2:04:212:04:26

and they're finishing the stronger

because they know they're going to

2:04:262:04:30

win. Of course that psychologically

gives you the extra edge to carry

2:04:302:04:36

on. Might not had been that way had

they not managed to dig deep into

2:04:362:04:41

reserves of energy and hold

themselves back. Credit to them.

2:04:412:04:46

Looks like John Dixon down injured.

Can't quite see. Again lengthy

2:04:462:04:54

treatment. Andrew Burnett waiting. I

am sure it's heading the way of

2:04:542:05:03

Cambridge and they're ready to

celebrate. Olly Phillips thinks so,

2:05:032:05:10

congrate lating Hunter. --

congratulating Hunter.

You have to

2:05:102:05:17

say the Cambridge back row, Watson,

Leonard and Richardson, have done

2:05:172:05:22

tremendously well against what on

paper was fancied as the more senior

2:05:222:05:28

and talented, certainly more

experienced, back row of Wilson and

2:05:282:05:34

Saull and Talotti. Tremendous in

both attack and defence.

That's the

2:05:342:05:45

Andrew Burnett posse. It's a flesh

wound for dixon. He will be ready to

2:05:452:05:53

celebrate in a couple of minutes.

Cambridge are surely heading for

2:05:532:05:59

victory here. Entirely new front row

now for Cambridge. Troughton on.

2:05:592:06:09

Huppatz as well. Andrew Hunter has

had to go back on.

Dixon has come

2:06:092:06:21

off. Cambridge tight head. Front row

people are strange, but the memory

2:06:212:06:28

he will take from this game forever.

You won't have seen anything. He

2:06:282:06:32

will have just felt him powering

forward towards the Oxford line

2:06:322:06:37

which created the first Cambridge

try.

2:06:372:06:42

Oxford complaining that Cambridge

are wasting time now. But the

2:06:442:06:49

referee is all over it.

2:06:492:06:54

Crouch! Bind!

Doesn't look like it's

going to be a Varsity match win for

2:06:552:07:01

Andy Saull.

2:07:012:07:04

Down it goes. Referee's decision is

play on. Richardson, he has been

2:07:062:07:12

impressive, as well, number eight

for Cambridge. Cambridge now just

2:07:122:07:17

looking to close this out.

2:07:172:07:21

Replacement front row has carried

on. Will Dean doing his bit.

2:07:262:07:31

And not sure the backs are going to

see this ball for Cambridge.

2:07:312:07:36

Into the final minute.

Oxford desperately trying to strip

2:07:362:07:42

it.

2:07:422:07:46

Still there for Cambridge. And for

Chris Bell.

2:07:492:07:54

Oxford trying to counter-ruck.

Once again it's Richardson. Carries

2:07:542:07:59

for Cambridge. Bell with a long and

leisurely point, eating up the

2:07:592:08:06

seconds.

And there's nothing that Oxford can

2:08:062:08:10

do here but tackle and wait and they

know that they're going to be on the

2:08:102:08:16

losing end of things here.

2:08:162:08:20

The crowd are counting down the

clock. Victory coming for Cambridge.

2:08:232:08:26

It's going to be two in a row here

for the light blues. They know the

2:08:262:08:30

clock is red. The question is asked.

A little bit of of a spill there.

2:08:302:08:33

Not yet! Hang on.

Cambridge still to secure the ball.

2:08:332:08:38

It doesn't matter. The game is over.

The game is won by Cambridge. Head

2:08:382:08:44

in hands for Oxford. Bright smiles

for Cambridge. Man of the Match

2:08:442:08:48

Chris Bell. It's a light blue

victory again. After six defeats in

2:08:482:08:52

a row. It's now two wins in a row

for Cambridge. Richly deserved here

2:08:522:08:57

at twinning nal.

It was an enjoyable

-- twinning nal. It was an enjoy --

2:08:572:09:02

Twickenham. It was an enjoyable

game. They took chances when they

2:09:022:09:06

came. They scrambled well in

defence.

Cambridge take it 20-10.

2:09:062:09:18

Different emotions on both sides.

Despair for Oxford. Elation for

2:09:232:09:28

Cambridge. A British Lion, Welsh

international many times over, but

2:09:282:09:33

as a fan, Jamie, you loved that.

Absolutely delighted. Fantastic game

2:09:332:09:37

of rugby. Both sides contributed

hugely. The intensity shown for the

2:09:372:09:42

full 80 minutes by both teams was

pretty special. The contrast of

2:09:422:09:48

emotions at the final whistle is

hard to watch sometimes. You see the

2:09:482:09:51

despair on faces of the Oxford

players. This is their Cup final.

2:09:512:09:55

This is the match they've been

building to all season. To lose it

2:09:552:09:59

is obviously desperately

disappointing for them. But for the

2:09:592:10:01

light blues, the Cambridge lads,

they'll be delighted and I am sure

2:10:012:10:05

they've a big night coming.

On

balance, probably the right result?

2:10:052:10:08

Yeah, I think so. We talked about

Oxford trying to force things at

2:10:082:10:13

half-time. I thought they were going

to come back into it, they were

2:10:132:10:17

trying to force final passes and

Cambridge held their defence very

2:10:172:10:20

well. The Cambridge back row was

absolutely outstanding today. And

2:10:202:10:24

thoroughly deserved that victory.

A

good advert for the game.

It is. For

2:10:242:10:28

a lot of players maybe who aren't

going to make the professional ranks

2:10:282:10:31

who are bright enough to get into

either of these universities, it's a

2:10:312:10:35

wonderful opportunity. We were

talking off air about people you

2:10:352:10:38

meet and wonderful opportunities and

occasion and investment in life this

2:10:382:10:41

is.

We are going to hear from the

Man of the Match.

2:10:412:10:46

I am delighted to say I am with the

Man of the Match, Chris Bell. Six

2:10:462:10:50

years was the wait until finally you

managed to break the Oxford

2:10:502:10:55

domination. Two at once, how does it

feel?

Awesome. We talked last year a

2:10:552:11:02

lot about new breed of players, it

shone through last year and we

2:11:022:11:06

carried it through. Worked really

hard. Delighted.

Just explain to us

2:11:062:11:10

how big the celebrations are going

to be in Cambridge tonight with the

2:11:102:11:14

women winning as well.

Yeah, we will

have a few beers I would imagine. We

2:11:142:11:19

will definitely enjoy ourselves.

It's been a long four months or so.

2:11:192:11:22

Yeah, it will be good fun.

Congratulations, you are the player

2:11:222:11:25

of the match and will be presented

now with the Allister Hignell medal

2:11:252:11:32

by Allister himself. Great to see

Higgie as we all know him there

2:11:322:11:38

presenting the Man of the Match

award. In his honour. From one

2:11:382:11:41

outstanding player on the field of

play to Olly Phillips whose rugby

2:11:412:11:46

career, distinguished career, ended

this afternoon at Twickenham with

2:11:462:11:49

victory in the Varsity match, not a

bad way to go out.

Incredible.

2:11:492:11:53

Exactly how I hoped it would go.

Tighter than perhaps I wanted. But

2:11:532:11:58

the guys are phenomenal, came with a

game plan and it's wonderful to sign

2:11:582:12:04

off these old legs.

World player of

the year 2009, and your career,

2:12:042:12:09

where does today and the experience

of today sit in the pecking order of

2:12:092:12:13

what you have achieved in 18 years?

It's right up there. It's one of the

2:12:132:12:18

most special moments, everything

that, it's the reason I started

2:12:182:12:20

playing this game in the first

place, typifies everything that's

2:12:202:12:24

special about amateur rugby and

rugby. All the traditions, history

2:12:242:12:28

behind it, it's Absolutely Fabulous

to be part of it.

You have obviously

2:12:282:12:33

lived the build-up to this match

with all these guys, what will it

2:12:332:12:37

mean to them because this is the be

all and end all.

This is everything

2:12:372:12:41

that matters. The whole year, the

season is geared to this. You could

2:12:412:12:44

lose every game, as long as you win

the Varsity match doesn't matter.

2:12:442:12:53

The rivalry is fierce, it's an

incredible feeling. It's special.

2:12:532:12:56

Was there a moment you thought you

were going to score a try, you were

2:12:562:13:00

crying for the pass and when you

didn't get it I thought there was

2:13:002:13:03

old man berating of the youngster

inside you?

There's been a lot of

2:13:032:13:07

that full stop for the whole year! I

mean, didn't get a huge amount of

2:13:072:13:12

ball but delighted to be on the

field. Pretending like I know what I

2:13:122:13:15

am doing.

You better run now,

because the presentation is

2:13:152:13:18

happening.

Thank you very much.

We

will follow you there.

2:13:182:13:22

Congratulations. Olly Phillips,

whose career ends on a victorious

2:13:222:13:27

note here. You do know what this is

like, dam yen, when the victorious

2:13:272:13:32

players go to get medals.

It's such

a binary outcome. Those on the

2:13:322:13:37

losing side knows this will stay you

with for the rest of your life. It's

2:13:372:13:41

an emotion and feeling you share

with all 23 of the players, coaches,

2:13:412:13:45

families and as we see Jono there

handing out the awards, it's just

2:13:452:13:50

such a special occasion. You live,

breathe, eat, drink, drink a lot

2:13:502:13:55

with these guys, as the term goes

on, it's a wonderful emotion to

2:13:552:13:59

share on a victory.

Thank you srep

for being with us, Jamie. Good luck

2:13:592:14:05

with Harlequins against Ulster at

the weekend. Dam yen, thank you very

2:14:052:14:08

much. Boss man of the players' union

here, it's not just about the top

2:14:082:14:11

level of the game. It's about

matches like this that gives Rugby

2:14:112:14:16

Union its unique texture and this

has been a tremendous occasion for

2:14:162:14:19

everybody involved here at

Twickenham today. But especially,

2:14:192:14:22

obviously, for the players in light

blue. The women's team as well

2:14:222:14:26

earlier today making it a double for

Cambridge University. We are just

2:14:262:14:32

waiting anxiously for the Cambridge

captain to be given the trophy. What

2:14:322:14:36

an outstanding match he had as well

for all the games that he played for

2:14:362:14:40

Newcastle and for Bristol and dare I

say for Esher in days gone by. It's

2:14:402:14:44

a fantastic moment for him, he had a

brilliant match today at fullback.

2:14:442:14:47

Really leading by example.

He will be receiving the Rhino

2:14:472:14:52

trophy shortly.

Assuming somebody can find it from

2:14:522:14:56

somewhere! There is the trophy.

All those lectures that were somehow

2:14:562:15:03

or other missed over the last few

weeks have been worthwhile for that

2:15:032:15:09

moment for the players in light blue

and Cambridge University are the

2:15:092:15:14

winners of the 136th Varsity match.

That's it from our rugby coverage on

2:15:142:15:20

BBC television live at least so far

in 2017. We will return in February,

2:15:202:15:24

on February 3rd for the opening day

of the Six Nations championship at

2:15:242:15:32

the Principality Stadium in Wales

and Scotland. Then for France

2:15:322:15:35

against Ireland. That's a fantastic

weekend. From all of us here, enjoy

2:15:352:15:38

Christmas and we will see you in

2018. That's it from Twickenham.

2:15:382:15:43

It's a blue day at Twickenham.

2:15:432:15:47

John Inverdale presents live coverage of the 136th Varsity men's match between Cambridge and Oxford from Twickenham.

Cambridge ended a run of six straight defeats in the Varsity match to beat Oxford in thrilling fashionin 2016, with Rory Triniman's late try sealing a 23-18 win for the Light Blues.

They now lead Oxford by 62 wins to 59 but who will come out on top in the battle of the Blues this year?

With commentary by Andrew Cotter. Studio guests include Wales centre Jamie Roberts, who played for Cambridge in the 2015 Varsity match.