Our boys proved they could handle the pressure

The University of St Andrews celebrates the Varsity win. Picture by C Reekie.
The University of St Andrews celebrates the Varsity win. Picture by C Reekie.
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The University of St Andrews’ director of rugby has hailed the way his side handled the pressure in retaining their Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match crown.

Almost 10,000 fans visited Murrayfield stadium to watch as the local students faced counterparts from Edinburgh Uni.

And the crowd was treated to a nailbiting encounter, with St Andrews winning the tie in the closing stages to edge out Edinburgh 27-26.

St Andrews raced into a 17-0 lead and looked in control until Edinburgh roared back.

With time ticking away and the capital side in the lead, a try for St Andrews by Rory Gardner – converted by Finn Murphy – saw the Fifers home to pick up the Varsity trophy for the third year in a row.

Director of rugby David Ross said: “The oldest varsity match in the world has at last received the recognition and significance it deserves being hosted at the national stadium BT Murrayfield.

“Going in as defending champions brought a lot of pressure, considering the team is much changed from last year with seven players graduating from our team.

“To play like we did in the first 20 minutes was brilliant and scoring three very well worked tries was pleasing but letting Edinburgh back into the game through our mistakes and some indiscipline was disappointing.

“We are over the moon to win The Scottish Varsity Match for the third year in a row is huge for our team and for the University of St Andrews.”