Kate Marks fulfils Varsity Match dream with Cambridge University
Kate Marks lived out a dream as Cambridge University won the 30th Women’s Varsity Match.
The scrum-half captained the Light Blues to an 8-5 win over Oxford at Twickenham Stadium, with the bedrock for their success being a superb defence.
Marks, who is studying Murray Edwards College, was earning her third Blue, and saw Cambridge clinch victory thanks to Emily Pratt’s first-half try and Alice Elgar’s second-half penalty.
“It’s absolutely fantastic, I’ve been dreaming of this day since last year,” she said.
“To be captain of a winning team in a Varsity Match that’s incredibly special, to be captain of a winning team of a Varsity Match in an anniversary year that makes it that little bit more priceless.
“I’m incredibly proud of every single one of my girls today, they have really put their bodies on the line right through to the 80th minute, and I could not be more happy.
“I think it was won from one to 23, every single one of my girls put their bodies on the line and earned their shirts today and it really was a team effort.
“We pride ourselves on being cohesive as a unit, from 1 to 23, and I think that really showed.”
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Oxford offered a much sterner opposition from 12 months ago, when they were beaten 24-0 by the Light Blues, and scored their first try since the Varsity Match moved to Twickenham in 2015.
“Oxford really put us under some pressure and full credit to them because they made it an 80-minute game,” said Marks.
“That was not an easy game for us, they really challenged us and full credit to them as they really held their heads together and pushed through to the 80th minute.
“That team cohesiveness was really what won us the game. Those girls really wanted this game, they have trained for 12 weeks incredibly hard to play right through to the 80th minute and that’s what we did.
“We knew it was going to be different, it’s a Varsity Match, a cup final, a 50-50 game and no matter what you’ve done going into that game it’s going to be an absolute tussle.
“We knew what victory tastes like, we’ve won every game in the lead-up to this and actually we knew that was the taste we wanted and that was what we got.”