Varsity Rugby Union Preview

26th April 2015

Venue: Lady Bay
Date: Saturday 2nd May 2015 (Ladies’: 17:00, Men’s: 19:00)

Rugby Union women’s pre-match interview:
Rugby Union men’s pre-match interview:

Rugby Union sits with futsal and ice hockey as one of the swing sports in this year’s Varsity series. Both the men’s and women’s matches are virtually impossible to call.

The men’s fixtures returns after last year’s absence. Two years ago UoN won 22-3, but it will have little bearing on the game in 2015.

Described by team member Joe Budd as “flairy”, the University of Nottingham fancy themselves to entertain. They achieved their target of staying up in Premier North A this year with 4 wins and 8 defeats. Nottingham Trent had a very similar season in Premier North B, finishing 5th out of 7 teams with 6 wins, a draw and 7 losses.

If it wasn’t enough to have one Varsity point in the balance on Saturday then don’t worry. It’s anybody guess as to which side will come out on top in the women’s event too. UoN have been in Midlands 1A after relegation last season, and finished 3rd. Trent were in the same division and finished 2nd, on 35 points compared to Uni’s 34.

If that wasn’t close enough, having played each other twice this season the head-to-head record is 1-1. UoN won 37-7 in November, and NTU won 33-15 in February.

That head-to-head record resembles the win that each side recorded against each other in BUCS three years ago. A good omen for the University of Nottingham is that that year, the green and gold team were comfortable winners.

Overall though, there are two Varsity points here that could go either way. This will be a very competitive evening of sport.