Women triumph in historic rugby match

The University's rugby clubs enjoyed mixed fortunes in the world's oldest varsity match on Saturday.

Image from Women's 2016 Varsity Rugby match

A victory for the women's team and a defeat for the men's XV were watched by an impressive crowd of 10,156 spectators.

Emphatic win

Edinburgh's women's team ran out comfortable winners - by 97 points to nil - in the first match of the day.

A home side sprinkled with Scotland caps had too much pace and power for their opponents.

Edinburgh never looked back after scoring five tries in the opening 12 minutes before stretching their lead to 47-0 at the interval.

 Scotland centre Megan Gaffney - making her Edinburgh debut - was later named the Keri Holdsworth player of the match.

Visitors on top

St Andrews came out top in the men's match with a thrilling 24-12 victory over their historic rivals.

Winger Robbie Kent opened the scoring for Edinburgh with an eighth-minute try, which was converted by Dave O’Sullivan.

St Andrews came back into things with an opening try from Ludo Meaby. Captain Scott Docherty slotted the conversion.

Ruari Bell added a second try for the visitors in the 26th minute to give St Andrews a 12-7 interval lead.

Advantage extended

St Andrews extended their advantage to 19-7 when Rob Lind touched down and Docherty converted.

Edinburgh's second try of the evening came from Scott Burnside but their hopes were dashed with four minutes to go.

St Andrews scored their fourth try to finish things off at 24-12, replacement Mark Wilson going in at the corner.

Captain's reaction

See a post-match interview with Edinburgh men's skipper Nick Stephen.

Rivalry renewed

The annual encounter between the two universities was first staged in the 1860s.

Last year, the contest took place at BT Murrayfield for the first time, attracting a crowd of almost 10,000.

St Andrews won the men’s match 27-26, courtesy of a dramatic touchline conversion in the final act of the game. Edinburgh triumphed in the women’s game, 36-7.

Rich rugby heritage

The University of Edinburgh was instrumental in the establishment of rugby union in Scotland.

Edinburgh has produced no fewer than 73 international players who were capped for their countries while playing for the University.

Former students such as David Bedell-Sivright, Gregor Townsend, Chris Paterson, Andy Irvine, Simon Taylor, and Tony Stanger have won numerous international caps between them. Many of these illustrious names feature in the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Edinburgh has also produced 30 players for the Scotland Women’s team. Students Katie Dougan, Sarah Law, Megan Gaffney, Lisa Thomson & Rhona Lloyd are in the current Scotland squad.

Sport for all

Edinburgh is one of the UK’s leading sporting universities.

We have helped countless students and graduates achieve their sporting ambitions.

Sporting alumni include six-time cycling Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy, Olympic gold medallist rower Katherine Grainger, World Champion orienteer Yvette Baker, and Scottish international footballer Julie Fleeting.

The University provides top class facilities in a wide range of sports, catering for competitors of all abilities.

At the performance end of the spectrum, Edinburgh offers support programmes for exceptionally talented student athletes.

Both the Individual Performance Programme (IPP) and the Team Performance Programme (TPP) support student athletes who are committed to succeeding on the international stage.

Related links

Centre for Sport & Exercise

Edinburgh University Sports Union

Edinburgh University RFC

Edinburgh University Ladies Rugby Football Club

Performance Sport at Edinburgh