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Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014



The Scottish Varsity Match between Scotland's two oldest Universities takes place every year in London, following the inaugural fixture in 2011. The unique fixture between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh dates back more than 150 years and predates the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity Match played at Twickenham. Alumni, supporters, friends and family of both Universities are invited each year to attend this historic game which provides a great day out for the rugby fan.

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Both Universities are leading the way in Scottish Rugby by each employing full time members of staff to focus on their Rugby Programs. Director of Rugby at St Andrews, David Ross, has more than four years of experience working as one of Scottish Rugby's Performance Development Managers and David Adamson, Edinburgh's Rugby Development Officer, has risen quickly through Scottish Rugby's Coach Education System.

The inaugural Scottish Varsity Match, held at the Richmond Athletic Ground in London, the home of London Scottish RFC, turned out to be a huge success with over 1500 spectators in attendance and the game covered by Sky Sports, the BBC and IRB’s Total Rugby. Edinburgh University ran out worthy winners 32-0 proving the step up to a BUCS Premier League requires a consistent power and pace approach that overwhelmed The Saints.

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Edinburgh University won the Scottish Varsity Match for the second year in a row, beating St Andrews 28-8 after a hard-fought contest at the Richmond Athletic Ground. The 2012 match is the second time the fixture has been played in London. It was preceded by a dinner attended by her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Edinburgh University Chancellor and patron to London Scottish, at the Caledonian Club in London.

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"The oldest university rugby match in the world took place on Saturday between University of St Andrews and University of Edinburgh at London Scottish RFC. The match is now in its third year as a big event and is growing in stature in the rugby calendar with a big crowd out to support both teams at Richmond.

The game itself was a cracker!! It quite literally had everything. Tries, a red card, excitement and great rugby from both teams putting to shame the warm up game between London Scottish and Nottingham in the IPA Championship, which was nothing more than a scrum fest with both teams not trying to play any rugby.

The Scottish Varsity match however had some scintillating rugby from both teams with a real blend of forward control and backline attack. The game kicked off with great intensity and Danny Clink opened the scoring with well struck penalty in the opening minutes. Saints lost their centre Alex Kennedy after he produced a huge tackle but injured himself in the process and had to leave the field. Whilst he was down Edinburgh scored a good breakaway try through their winger. Saints responded quickly however with some good phase play and a great offload by flanker Ciaran Harris set Clink away down the right and Sean Murchie dived in at the corner for the opening try.

Saints were struggling at scrumtime but had the lineout as a good option to launch their attacks and whilst Saints pressurized, Edinburgh continued to infringe and were constantly giving away penalties. The play of both teams impressed the large crowd and the defence in particular had the cheers coming from the stands. 2more penalties from Danny Clink after yet again Edinburgh infringing but this time losing a man to the sin-bin forced University of St Andrews into a strong lead. Edinburgh knocked over a penalty as half time approached to sneak closer.

Halftime score 14-8 to University of St Andrews and them very much in the ascendancy. Clear messages and calm heads at half time were in order and the thought of breaking Edinburgh’s dominance of the fixture over the past two years.

Edinburgh struggled massively to cope with the pressure placed on them by St Andrews and conceded more penalties meaning once again they had a man in the sin bin early in the 2nd half. The offloading of the Saints forwards was causing the main problem for Edinburgh and great ball out of contact from George Hailstone and Bertie Ridley-Thomas had the team from the capital on the back foot. A nasty incident then took centre stage when right in front of the packed stand of supporters, the Edinburgh second row spear tackled Sean Murchie and was shown a straight red card. Edinburgh’s ill-discipline was putting them out of the game and Saints knocked over another penalty to go 17-8 up.

Moving into the last 15minutes, the atmosphere got tense as Edinburgh frantically tried to get back into the game and an excellent set piece move allowed their centre to go through a gap in midfield to put the match on a knife edge with only two points the difference, 17-15. It was not to be however as for the last 10minutes University of St Andrews camped on the Edinburgh line and scored a great try with an effective catch and drive from Lewis Stewart. Danny Clink sealed a dramatic victory with the touchline conversion meaning Edinburgh would have to score twice in the dying minutes to win.

As the final whistle went jubilant scenes from The Saints players and supporters too erupted and the relief that they held their composure and nerve to win such a historic fixture. Winning 1st XV captain Jeremy Gordon was ecstatic after the win ‘I knew we could do it. We have had a great few weeks at the start of the season and have been building towards this match and the huge occasion. The lads were fantastic throughout and we really put so much pressure on Edinburgh which they couldn’t handle. I’m so happy and immensely proud."

Final Score University of St Andrews 24-15 University of Edinburgh
Man of the match: Danny Clink
Match Report: Dave Ross

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Since its inception in 1970, the St Andrews Seven-a-side Rugby Tournament has grown to become one of the top 7s tournaments in the Scottish rugby calendar and the largest student run 7s in the UK. The inaugural tournament, which saw Dunfermline beat Madras FP 11-8 in a closely fought final after extra time, also featured the first recorded Women's Seven-a-side Tournament, although this was only one match, entitled the Grand Challenge Match, which was a fitting prelude to the conclusion of the Men's Tournament.

Unlike other 7s tournaments of the time, the St Andrews competition pitched teams against one another in leagues rather than adopting a straight knockout format, which ensured each team that entered got more than one game and no team's journey was entirely wasted. This format, once unique to the St Andrews Tournament, is now widely used around the rugby 7s circuit and has evolved to allow the St Andrews 7s to accommodate 30-40 teams annually.

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

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The Men's Rugby Club is one of four Focus Clubs within the University which means they receive support from the Department of Sport and Exercise ranging from fitness testing to educational seminars relating to improving performance in sport.


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The University of St Andrews RFC is proud to announce the creation of a supporters club, the 1858 Club, which enables alumni, friends and family the chance to invest in the future of rugby at St Andrews and provide the very best facilities, training and experience for future students.


Rugby has been played in St Andrews for over 150 years, since the rugby club's foundation in 1858. A founder member of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), the club was the nursery of Scottish rugby football in the 1860s and the birthplace of 'passing' the great feature of the back game.


In 1871 three St Andrews students represented Scotland in the first ever international rugby fixture against England. In total, the club has produced 22 international rugby players who between them have gained 150 caps, including 4 British and Irish Lions and 8 Barbarians.


Captaining The Saints is a huge honour for any student coming to study and play rugby in St Andrews. In 1986, the role of captain was split in two for the first time, with off field duties assigned to the Club Captain leaving the 1st XV Captain to concentrate on the club's on field performances.


In 2008, the club celebrated 150 years of rugby in St Andrews with a special week of events which saw the South Africa Rugby Legends take on the Scottish Legends on University Park, a coaching clinic for local kids and culminated in the Sesquicentennial Alumni Dinner.

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The Scottish Varsity Match between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh takes place every year in London, following the inaugural match back in 2011 and dates back more than 150 years predating the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Match.


Since its inception in 1970, the St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament has grown to become the largest student run 7s in the UK, with teams from around the country returning to University Park at the end of April each year to fight for the historic Drummond Trophy or Stanley Plate.


The club turns out three Men's teams and one Women's team on a Wednesday in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships. Men's and Women's 1st XV squads play in the Premier 1A leagues, and participate in the BUCS Cup competition, with the Men's 2nd and 3rd XV squads in the lower tiers


Along with the Rugby Club's charity work, the Community Outreach Program, in partnership with SportScotland, Active Schools, Fife Rugby and Saints Sport sees members from Saints Rugby coach after school rugby in the local primary schools for 6 weeks.


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