Cambridge women got their first BUCS campaign off to a good start by winning their first fixture of the year against Oxford Brookes. Cambridge made some ground early on, when a strong line break from Alice Elgar scattered the Brookes defence, allowing Emily Pratt to score between the posts.
Brookes fought back with a strong defence, forcing a number of errors from Cambridge. However after some strong work through the backs, Bluebell Nicholls was able to make it two tries for Cambridge. Brookes hit back with a try from some strong work around the breakdown, despite a number of injuries on their side delaying play. Another two tries from Nicholls saw half time finish 24-5.
The second half started off well for Cambridge with a turnover putting the ball in the Light Blues favour early, however a number of mistakes saw Brookes edging towards the Cambridge try-line. The score line stayed the same until an injury on the Brookes side meant the match moved had to move pitches to allow Emergency Services to access the injured Brookes player.
On the new pitch Cambridge pushed on, with hard work being rewarded by tries from Lara Gibson and the final try from Nicholls to finish the game. The game ended with a comfortable 36-5 to Cambridge but with lots of points to improve on.
The Cambridge women are back at home on the Wednesday 17th to UAE, KO 2pm.
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