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Cardiff triumph in Varsity challenge

24 April 2008

Cardiff University’s rugby team has claimed an impressive victory at this year’s Varsity contest. The team beat rivals Swansea by 19 points to 9 in a fast paced game that saw more than 8,000 supporters at Cardiff Arms Park.

The Cardiff team, who have this week been coached by Welsh international Rob Sidoli, fought to victory despite starting as the underdogs and facing a highly proficient opposition. In a match dominated by penalties it was a converted try from Cardiff that secured their success.

Head of Rugby Martyn Fowler said: "The Varsity Match is more than just a game of rugby; it is an encounter between two of the country’s great seats of learning, a rivalry that reaches on beyond the confines of any sporting arena"

The University’s top sports teams also won the annual Varsity Shield in a ‘Clash of the Titans’ head to head with Swansea. More than 1,000 students from the two Universities battled it out over 20 events, include tennis, fencing and golf that take place at a number of venues around the city.

Cardiff’s victory, which will be featured on BBC 2’s Sport Wales this Friday (25th April) is a fitting celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary year.

Cardiff’s starting XV: Aled Mason (Captain) (Pharmacy); Aaron Fowler (Law); Andrew Cassidy (Engineering); Rhodri Griffiths (Engineering); Tom Evans (Medicine); Mike Winter (History); Daniel Franks (Optometry); Emyr James (Engineering); Gareth Williams (Business); Michael Schropfer (Pharmacy); Myles Hopper (Biosciences); Tom Cooper (History); Harri Wynn Morgan (Law); Jack Beaman (Politics); Doug McNichol (Business)