Oxford secured their fifth Varsity Match on the trot after beating Cambridge 43-6 at Twickenham on Thursday.
As the scoreline suggests, this was a one-sided affair and the result is the biggest winning margin in the Varsity match’s 133-year history.
The Light Blues made an encouraging start and dominated the early exchanges but a resilient defensive effort from Oxford kept them at bay during the first half.
Oxford’s Sam Egerton, who was sent off in last year’s final, opened the scoring with a superb solo try which was converted by George Cullen.
Cambridge’s Donald Stevens then traded penalties with Cullen before Alexander Macdonald scored Oxford’s second converted try shortly before half-time to give the Dark Blues a 17-6 lead at the break.
Oxford upped the ante after half-time and tries from Thomas Reeson Price and Ian Williams gave them a 30-6 lead. Cullen – who contributed 18 points in the win – then also crossed over for a try before Gus Jones added the final nail in Cambridge’s coffin when he also dotted down late in the second half.
Tries: Egerton, Macdonald, Reeson-Price, Williams, Cullen, Jones
Cons: Cullen 5
Pens: Stevens 2
Cambridge: 15 Sam Allen, 14 Ilia Cherezov, 13 Toby May, 12 Fraser Gillies, 11 George Smith, 10 Don Stevens, 9 Henry Peck, 8 Sam Farmer,. 7 Hugo Kelly, 6 Richard Bartholomew, 5 Rob Hall, 4 Jack Baker, 3 Jacob Poulton, 2 Tom Pascoe, 1 Will Briggs.
Replacements: 16 Max Montgomery, 17 Oliver Exton, 18 Frank Sanders, 19 Charlie O’Sullivan, 20 Daniel Dass, 21 Seb Tullie, 22 John Wylde, 23 Andy Rees.
Oxford: 15 Jacob Taylor (c), 14 Ed Doe, 13 Matt Janney, 12 Alexander Macdonald, 11 Henry Lamont, 10 George Cullen, 9 Sam Egerton, 8 George Messum, 7 Gus Jones, 6 Fraser Heathcote, 5 Tom Reeson-Price, 4 Fergus Taylor, 3 Ian Williams, 2 Nick Gardner, 1 Lewis Anderson.
Replacements: 16 James Wisson, 17 James Scaife, 18 Guy Western, 19 Graeme MacGilchrist, 20 Will Thomas, 21 Henry de Berker, 22 Henry Hughes, 23 Basil Strang.