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Varsity Match: Nick Koster backs Cambridge University underdogs to fight to the last against favourites Oxford

Former Bath and Bristol player Nick Koster has led the Light Blues from the front this season. Picture: Keith Heppell (5692976)
Former Bath and Bristol player Nick Koster has led the Light Blues from the front this season. Picture: Keith Heppell (5692976)

Nick Koster is backing Cambridge University’s ability to dig deep and fight until the final whistle to stand them in good stead against Oxford University.

The Light Blues undoubtedly head to Twickenham as underdogs, with their predominantly undergraduate side up against a Dark Blues team that includes seven players with Premiership experience.

Koster, though, has seen the tenacity of the Cambridge youngsters come to the fore this Michaelmas Term, and feels that will be the case again tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

“They have seven ex and current professional players to our one, so just in terms of experience you can’t compare the two teams,” said Koster, who has played for Bath and Bristol.

“But when it comes to willingness to work hard, application and all that sort of stuff, I back this team over any team that I have played for.

“We have a bunch of really young guys who are not very experienced but who are very willing to do whatever it takes to win and that’s showed all season. It’s what we will be banking on.

“If I was in their (Oxford) shoes, I would certainly be banking on the experience they have there as they have a number of players who have played in big rugby matches.

“It will be a hard-fought game without a doubt, and I guess on the day it is about which team takes their opportunities better – and hopefully that team is us.”

Cambridge have enjoyed seven wins from their 10 build-up games, and many of them have been in close matches.

“We’ve had some quite lucky escapes in some games, but it’s testament to the character of the team in that we’ve never given up,” said Koster.

“Most of the games we’ve played have been at a good enough level to get a lot out of it.

“We’ve had to fight for every win that we’ve had and hopefully that will stand us in good stead when the pressure comes on.

“The chances are it will be a tight game and we’ve been in them this year so we know what it feels like to grind out wins so hopefully we can transfer that into the Varsity Match.”

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