Elgar edges in Cambridge
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.”