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Varsity American Football: Report

The University of Nottingham’s American Football team lost a close-fought contest 14-6 to NTU, which closed UoN’s Varsity Series lead to 9-7.

The game that was much closer than expected, but it was easy to see that the gap continues to narrow between these two teams. UoN’s defence led the way, but four fumbles and an interception ultimately derailed the attack of the green and gold.

Uni of got the game underway with a good defensive stand led by a couple of tackles from Ben Selbo to force a Trent third and out. However, in a precursor of what was to come, UoN fumbled the snap and gave it straight back to Trent. Starting with great field position and using a controversial defensive pass interference call, Trent was able to get on the scoreboard first with a 1-yard touchdown run to go up 7-0. Uni of came back fighting as running back Abdullah Zubairu broke through the line for a 55-yard run. UoN could not capitalise and the first quarter ended 7-0 in Trent’s favour.

Varsity Rugby League Report

UoN 20-12 NTU

The final moments of the match:

Interview with winning UoN captain Adam Cunliffe:

Rugby League is never a fixture within the Varsity series that Uni of fans like to keep long in the memory. Haunted by consistent defeats to Trent over previous seasons, including the infamous 40-12 drubbing of last year, the signs were pretty ominous going into the match at Lady Bay. What was about to unfold, however, would shock even the most optimistic of Uni of supporters.

Trent looked bright in the early stages with Lewis Allott seeing plenty of the ball. Clark Squires was another involved in the thick of the action for Trent as he attempted to get the game going with a clever grubber kick through the heart of Uni of’s defence, only for the ball to just narrowly trickle out of play before any Trent player could get on the receiving end. A few minutes later, Squires was again involved as he faked and slipped it to Daniel Harrison, only for the Trent number 4 to be stopped at the crucial stages.

Varsity Men's Rugby Union Report

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UoN 14-28 NTU

The University of Nottingham Men's Rugby club were unable to follow up the success of the women's side, suffering a disappointing defeat to Nottingham Trent at the Lady Bay arena.

UoN started off the match brightly, regularly pressurizing the Trent 22 with kicks from deep. It was Trent who had the first opportunity to score however, missing a penalty kick from just to the left of the posts, failing to put the opening points on the board.

Those in green and gold took advantage of that missed opportunity, scoring the opening try of the match following some quick pass-and move rugby which started on the left touchline following a line-break and ended up with Tom Walsh crossing the try-line on the right hand side to put the first points on the board.

Following the try however, Trent managed to re-assert themselves in the match, forcing UoN back with consistent runs from deep and kicks to touch - with the pressure leading to penalties, and the penalties leading to a sin-bin as UoN were punished for offisde. From the resulting kick, Trent cut the deficit to just 4 points, taking the match in at 7-3 at half-time.

Varsity Women's Rugby Union Report

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UoN 24-12 NTU

Women's rugby union post-match interview:

Despite a tight match being predicted, the University of Nottingham Women's Rugby Club were able to pull off a superb victory over Nottingham Trent to extend the Varsity series lead on Saturday evening at Lady Bay arena.

The opening minutes of the match were charachterised by a number of handling errors, however as the UoN side grew into the match they became more assured, frequently pressurising the Trent 22. The pressure proved significant, as the side took the lead through a Cat Thomas try following some strong team play, filled with prime examples of how to carry the ball into a challenge.

The first half was end to end however, and Trent soon hit back with a try of their own following a couple of knock ons by those in green and gold. UoN reclaimed the lead shortly after however, as Cat Thomas grabbed her 2nd try of the match, with the 2nd rower driving over the line from just short of the line.

With Trent also scoring a 2nd try in the opening half, the only difference between the sides at the half-time break would be a missed conversion kick by NTU's number 10, as the scores settled at 14-12 following a tight opening half.

Varsity Volleyball Report

Women's Volleyball: UoN 1-3 NTU
Men's Volleyball: UoN 3-0 NTU

Fans at women's volleyball:
Trent women's volleyball post-match interview:
UoN women's volleyball post-match interview:
UoN men's volleyball post-match interview:

A late change of venue saw the Varsity Volleyball event moved to UoN territory, with strong support for both teams on Jubilee Campus.

The night started with a close fought women's event, with UoN the firm favourites. The first game was a close and edgy affair with both teams aggressive and strong in defence. Trent was the more industrious of the two teams and survived well under increasing pressure. The game went to the wire at 26 all, before Trent pulled ahead to take the first game 28-26. The Trent fans were jubilant and filled the sports centre with a cacophony of noise, 1-0 they led.

UoN seemed groggy going into the second game and failed to take a foothold. Trent took a commanding lead at 9-4 and pressed to take the game to 21-13, things were not going to plan for Uni. There was a brief revival by the green and gold with a win of four successive points but the second game was ultimately lost 25-17 to Trent. Trent now led 2-0 and was firmly in the ascendance.