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Oxford claim 2010 Nomura Varsity honours

10 December 2010

  • Oxford beat Cambridge 21-10 in 2010 Nomura Varsity match as Twickenham
  • The Dark Blues secure their second win in six years over old rivals
Winning captain Nicholas Bernard Haydon lifts the trophy as Oxford triumph over Cambridge in the 2010 Nomura Varsity match as Twickenham

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Oxford took the 2010 Nomura Varsity honours as they beat old rivals Cambridge 21-10 at Twickenham.

The Dark Blues emerged victorious for the second time in the past six years courtesy of first-half tries from Alex Cheeseman and James Crozier.

Cambridge launched a fightback in the second period and were within five points after the award of a penalty try, but the boot of Charlie Marr, who racked up 11 points, ensured Oxford remained out of reach.

After a cagey opening, it was Marr who opened the scoring on 20 minutes as Cambridge were penalised for sacking the maul.

Early dominance from Oxford

Oxford's first try arrived moments later following an excellent passage of offloading from both forwards and backs down the shortside.

The move culminated with a clever flicked pass from Sean Morris to Marr, who released Cheeseman to finish, Marr adding the conversion.

The lead was extended to 15-0 on 26 minutes as the Oxford backs again combined well, this time it was Morris offloading to James Crozier out wide allowing the full back a clear run to the line.

Cambridge responded before the break, with full back and captain James Richards landing a close-range penalty after Oxford had been penalised while defending their line.

Cambridge fightback either side of half-time

The Light Blues carried that momentum into the second period and, having seen a Rob Stevens try chalked off for a forward pass, got themselves back into the contest on 56 minutes.

Having dominated the scrum, their power paid off when Oxford were penalised for wheeling the scrum on their own try-line by the award of a penalty try which Richards coverted.

But Marr kicked his second penalty of the afternoon just three minutes later to give Oxford breathing space again at 18-10, and the teenage fly half calmed any late nerves with another penalty in the final minute.

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