Oxford started out strong in the first official mixed touch rugby Varsity Match, with the captain winning the rock paper scissors to start with possession of the ball. By the end of the first half, Oxford were strongly ahead with a score of 6-0. While the aim for the rest of the match was to concede no tries, Oxford unfortunately did let one in. However, Oxford made up for it by scoring 7 more to make the win a convincing 13-1.
In the friendly women’s match, Oxford couldn’t bring extra players, so we played a 5 on 5 game against Cambridge with no subs while Cambridge played with 4 subs. The game was modified due to the lack of subs, so we played two 10-minute halves instead of 20 minute halves. The Oxford girls beat Cambridge 6-0, often using good passing and hands to hit the gaps hard and pass out to the wing.
In the friendly men’s match, the Oxford boys took awhile to find their footing, which meant the score was 1-1 early in the game. They soon found their rhythm, and steadily ran their way to a strong lead. Some individual skills were shown with multiple interceptions of the ball followed by pure pace to beat the Cambridge defenders to the line.
It was all in all a great day for Oxford with a clean sweep of all the matches, and with Russell Reid (Corpus Christi) winning Male MVP.