Oxford player-coach Pat Metcalfe-Jones was left to rue a missed opportunity after the Dark Blues lost their lead with only two minutes to play at Twickenham.
The 8-5 scoreline to Cambridge was the same as last year’s winning margin and left Metcalfe-Jones with a second defeat in her third and final Varsity Match appearance.
“Any Varsity Match loss is hard to take, but it’s especially hard when it comes right at the end. This was my third and final Blue and at least I got a win in 2016,” said the Oxford outside half.
“It was a tight match and both teams are quite similar in standard. It is hard to get on the front foot when you are losing your set-piece and that was how it was for us in the second half.”
It was Oxford’s second defeat this season to their arch-rivals and the two teams have to meet again in a BUCS Prmeier South league fixture next month. That will at least give Metcalfe-Jones, who also plays for Harlequins, a chance to get one final shot at the Light Blues.
“Coaching wise the team have come a long way. A lot of these players are new to the women’s game and we have gone from strength to strength in 11 weeks,” she added.
“It says a lot about this side that we lost by 20 points to Cambridge five weeks ago and we pushed them all the way at Twickenham. We’ll have another go against them at iffley Road in the New Year.”