Double trouble for DMU as womens and mens rugby teams take home Varsity victory

Our Varsity teams have once again proved their prowess on the field, scoring a double victory over De Montfort University at last night’s rugby game (30 April).

Leicester took home a 22-10 win in the women’s match and then 44-0 victory in the men’s in front of a big Varsity Night crowd at the Welford Road Stadium, home of the Leicester Tigers. The night marked a 15th successive win in the women’s head-to-head.

Team Leicester shared the triumph on social media alongside this year’s Varsity hashtag #FearLeics.

The overall Varsity score now stands at 37-21. Unfortunately the Men's Cricket 1st and 2nd matches have been postponed due to bad weather.

Steve Bayley, Sports Experience Officer (Performance), said: "Last night's performances at Welford road truly demonstrated the commitment, resilience and team work needed to overcome competitive opponents. This season both the men’s and women’s teams have been on a journey of development; the two wins allow our final year students the opportunity to graduate successfully in the knowledge they are leaving a legacy which next year’s coaches and players will build upon."

Cara Wells, Captain of the women's team, said: "I am very proud to have captained the team at Welford Road, it always a highly anticipated game and to get the win was an amazing end to our season. We're now undefeated in 15 years which is not only a testament to the hard work of the 23 girls on the pitch but everyone in the club throughout the year!"

Sam Cranswick, Captain of the men's team, said: "I’m very proud to captain the 1st XV who won the Varsity fixture for a 6th year in a row. After 3 years in the rugby club, to lead the team this season has been an honour, and to captain at Welford Road is an experience I will never forget. The opportunity to play at Welford Road is the goal that all members of the club aspire to when they join the club, and winning in the fashion that we did finished our season in the perfect way. We’re already raring to make it 7 years in a row next year."

The University has once again retained the title of Varsity champion, which it has held since records began in 2000. Yesterday, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle presented Team Leicester with the 2018 Varsity trophy.