Varsity Match 2017: Lara Gibson believes experience is crucial for Light Blues

PUBLISHED: 07:10 07 December 2017

Lara Gibson, right, in action for Cambridge University. Picture: Keith Heppell.

Lara Gibson, right, in action for Cambridge University. Picture: Keith Heppell.

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Thirteen returning Blues for Cambridge University

Lara Gibson believes that the wealth of experience in Cambridge University’s team can only stand them in good stead for the 31st Women’s Varsity Match.

The Light Blues have 11 returning Blues in the starting line-up, and a further two on the bench, with all eager to atone for last year’s 3-0 defeat to Oxford.

“It’s really important,” said the Lucy Cavendish College student and Light Blues captain.

“I know that last year the occasion and playing in front of a huge crowd at Twickenham threw some players but now the majority of the team has been there and done it, and a few more than once, so we can get on with the game at hand and not be distracted.

“The squad has bonded brilliantly. The attitude throughout the season so far has been really positive, we’ve had the same squad training and playing week in and week out, and both on and off the pitch we all get on really well.

“I’d say the mood in the squad is very determined and quietly confident. We know each other, our systems and how we play inside out, and we know that if we play to our max capability we are a very difficult team to stop.”

But it does not mean Gibson is taking their rivals for granted, especially given their results so far this season in the BUCS League.

“I know that whilst Oxford don’t have as many returning Blues, they have gained players that come to Oxford with previous rugby experience so we are expecting a tough opposition,” she added.

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