Oxford are no doubt relieved that the annual Jack Wills Varsity match, against their old rivals, Cambridge, was played off scratch yesterday. On paper Cambridge should have received a handicap advantage. In reality though, the light blue shirts dominated this match, defeating the dark blues of Oxford 13-2.
Sam Browne, wearing Cambridge's number two, scored in the first few minutes of the game, and then just kept on finding the flags. It was clearly all over for Oxford at half-time, with them trailing 5-0 at the break. They did manage a couple of goals in the second half to restore some honour, but this was clearly Cambridge's day.
Incredibly, this now puts the score level once again between the two teams - with both Oxford, who have dominated this match in more recent years, and Cambridge both on 54 wins apiece. An incredible statistic when you think that the first game was played in 1879, making ithe Varsity the oldest polo competition still playing anywhere in the world.
Not surprisingly Sam Browne was named Most Valuable Player while his team-mate, Alex Rose, stepped forward to receive the Jack Wills Most Valuable Player Rug from the company's founder Peter Williams. Alex then placed the rug on Easter a 10-year-old mare whom he had played in both the first and fourth chukkas.
Cambridge: James Marshall (-2); Sam Browne (0); Jamie Hepburn (0); Alex Rose (-1). Oxford: Samuel George (0) George Allen (-1); Tom Meacher (1), Jamie Lindsay (0).
Caption: The very successful Cambridge team (Images of Polo)