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Cambridge University RUFC put to the sword during annual Steele Bodgers contest at Grange Road





It was a group of former Light Blues that caught the eye during last week’s 75th Steele Bodger contest.

Prior to the encounter, Cambridge University RUFC head coach James Shanahan encouraged his players to embrace the occasion of running out in front of a sell-out crowd at Grange Road.

And while there was plenty of reason for optimism as far as looking ahead to next year’s Varsity Match is concerned – particularly during the first half – it was a Cambridge-inspired Bodgers side that ran winners by a 52-17 margin.

It proved to be a tough afternoon for Cambridge University during the 75th Steele Bodger Match at Grange Road Pictures: Keith Heppell
It proved to be a tough afternoon for Cambridge University during the 75th Steele Bodger Match at Grange Road Pictures: Keith Heppell

Gibraltar international Tom Lovelace, who was part of Cambridge’s triumphant Varsity side in 2019, scored a hat-trick of tries for the Bodgers on a bitterly cold afternoon.

Joey Gatus and Ben Mills – both of whom also ran out for Cambridge at Twickenham – also got their names on the try sheet alongside the likes of Ewan Evans of Leeds Tykes and Tonbridge Juddians’ Matt Walsh.

As far as Cambridge’s current contingent are concerned, they were competitive in the opening 40 minutes, going in at the break 19-12 down. Fergus Hughes (St Edmund’s) and Tim Andrew (Jesus) were among the hosts’ try scorers.

CURUFC Steele Bodgers match. Picture: Keith Heppell
CURUFC Steele Bodgers match. Picture: Keith Heppell
CURUFC Steele Bodgers match. Picture: Keith Heppell
CURUFC Steele Bodgers match. Picture: Keith Heppell
CURUFC Steele Bodgers match. Picture: Keith Heppell
CURUFC Steele Bodgers match. Picture: Keith Heppell
CURUFC Steele Bodgers match. Picture: Keith Heppell
CURUFC Steele Bodgers match. Picture: Keith Heppell

The students will now break for Christmas and will next be in action on January 19 at home versus Bristol University.



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