El­gar edges in Cam­bridge

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Varsity Matches - By Char­lie Mor­gan

Cam­bridge marked the 30th an­niver­sary of the first Women’s Var­sity Match with a gritty win over a res­o­lute Ox­ford side, Al­ice El­gar’s sec­ond-half penalty prov­ing de­ci­sive.

The Dark Blues fought to the dy­ing sec­onds when No 8 Emily Pratt, Cam­bridge’s try-scorer in the first half, scram­bled back to shackle Ox­ford cen­tre So­phie Trott.

“Emily was my vice-cap­tain to­day and I swear by it, that last tackle was a try-saver,” said scrumhalf Kate Marks, the Cam­bridge cap­tain. “That closed off the game. Emily’s an in­cred­i­ble player, an in­cred­i­ble per­son and I could not be prouder to be her cap­tain.”

Cap­tain Abby D’cruz was a con­stant threat for Ox­ford but their only try came late on, Katie Col­lis set­ting up a com­pelling fi­nale.

“Our goal was to go out there and not com­pro­mise on the core of our game,” D’cruz said. “It was a great rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women’s rugby.”

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