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Tickets shift for historic rugby matches

Tickets are selling fast for two matches that feature one of university sport’s greatest rivalries.

The ancient rivalry - between Edinburgh and St Andrews – came to the BT Murrayfield stadium on Saturday as the Scottish Varsity Matches took place.

In front of a 10,226 strong crowd, the Men's side ran out 31-7 winners, claiming victory after four years without success. 

In the Women’s 1st XV match, Edinburgh recorded a 53-5 victory over St Andrews, maintaining their unbeaten run in the annual contest. 

Preview & Predictions

Edinburgh Men’s captain Nick Stephen and St Andrews Men’s captain Roland Walker took some time to preview the games and make some predictions.

Big stage

The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Matches were revived in 2011 after a hiatus of over 50 years.

The matches, which switched to the national rugby stadium in 2015, have attracted more than 10,000 spectators each year since the switch.

 

Varsity Rugby 2017
Edinburgh and St Andrews players square up.

Long history

The contest dates back more than 150 years, even predating the Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity game played at Twickenham.

With St Andrews claiming victory in the Men’s game for the last four years, Edinburgh are keen to come out on top this year.

Extra support for the Edinburgh men’s team comes from 66-times-capped Scotland forward and British Lion Simon Taylor.

He has been working with Edinburgh’s Head Coach David Adamson in the build-up to the match.

We set out six weeks ago with the sole purpose of winning tonight and I think the way the boys played tonight was exactly what we were hoping for. There was a lot of emotion and a lot of pressure and I’m just glad to see that we came through in the end. 

David AdamsonEdinburgh Men's Head Coach

 

Related links

Scottish Varsity Match website