On Saturday 25 March at Twickenham, Corpus second-year Law student, Lauren Webb, led the Oxford University RUFC to a fabulous 31-12 win against their Cambridge counterparts. This is the first Oxford women’s win in the Varsity Match since 2016.
At 12pm the teams took to the field with Oxford as favourites having already beaten their opponents twice this season. However, things did not click in the first forty minutes, which saw the Dark Blues trailing 12 points to 5 at half-time. The second half saw the true Dark Blue team emerge from the tunnel and score 26 unanswered points. Lauren in the back row was an heroic leader, working tirelessly in both attack and defence to deservedly lift the Trophy at full time.
Speaking after the match, Lauren said: “The moment the final whistle blew was an incredible feeling. It meant that we had done it: Oxford’s first win since 2016. All the hard work of the season had paid off. As Captain, I am incredibly proud of my team for their performance. In particular, I am proud of our resilience to bounce back with four tries in the second half after being down at half time.”
The President, who watched the match with the Vice-Chancellor from the RFU President’s Suite, says: “Many congratulations to Lauren and her team not only for their resounding victory but also for treating the appreciative Twickenham crowd to an innovative, skilful and extremely enjoyable game of rugby.”