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Varsity Men's Rugby Report

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University of Nottingham 14 - 28 Nottingham Trent University

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 Report

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University of Nottingham 24-12 Nottingham Trent University

Post Match Interview with the Women's Rugby side:

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 on's 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.

Varsity Volleyball Report

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

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Trent women's volleyball post-match interview:
UoN women'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.

Varsity Men's Football Report

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Nottingham Trent 2 – 1 University of Nottingham
In an encounter much tighter than both the Trent players and pundits expected, the University of Nottingham valiantly lost 2-1 to their city rivals at Meadow Lane.

The UoN IMS All-Stars came firing out of the blocks, as their counter-attacking 5-4-1 formation based on wing-back play caused trouble for Trent, who were holding a high line. There were few chances in the opening minutes, though Sutcliffe looked particularly dangerous when running in behind the Trent defence.

It was Sutcliffe who created the opener for UoN, with a clever knock-down from a failed Trent clearance to the feet of Colman who belied his inexperience to calmly slot the ball past Radford. The unexpected lead brought the Green and Gold crown to life, as the Trent fans were momentarily silenced.

The boys in Pink slowly worked their way back into the match however, with a scorer from last year – O’Malley – proving to be particularly dangerous. It was that same man who forced the equalizer, losing his marker in Pickles, to take a floated ball over his shoulder and finish the ball past the standing Scotland on the half-volley.

Varsity Women's Football Report

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Nottingham Trent 4 - 2 University of Nottingham

Nottingham Trent continued their domination at Meadow Lane in recent years, with a 4-2 victory in the Womens Football.

In a high quality affair, the UoN Ladies – playing against a side from the division above – were beaten in the air on a number of occasions by their opponents.

The first half-was physical and keenly fought, with Trent taking advantage of their early calmness on the ball to win a number of corners and free-kicks. Eventually the pressure told, as Emma Hullingsworth turned the ball in from a Demi Greenham corner. UoN had a chance to hit back immediately as Shannon Swift, a presence up front all afternoon, turned the ball over the bar when through one-on-one.

The equalizer came with just 10 minutes left of the 1st half left, as Lauren Heria pounced on a rebounded Ejupi shot to turn the ball into the back of the net. The teams went in level at the break, with UoN having established a foothold in the match.