Photoshoot: Dark Blues extend their winning streak

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THE 11th women's Varsity rugby union match took place at Iffley Road last Sunday with Oxford extending their sequence of victories to 10 with a comprehensive 22-5 triumph.

It may not quite have been Twickenham, but a healthy crowd enjoyed a rumbustious atmosphere, the beer and the obligatory streaker, whose bravado was, it seems, fuelled at one of Cambridge's drinking societies. With due sense of theatre perhaps, he delayed his entry until the second half and the players apparently found his antics "all jolly good fun".

Oxford's ability to extend their winning streak was helped by a scrum and line-out that had a professional look about them. The Dark Blues former captain Jo Hudson (1995-96, bottom left) must have enjoyed her view from the touchline as Oxford overwhelmed their rivals through tries from Jacqui Street, with two, the Swedish international Ulrika Andersson and Lucy Mackillop.

Pre-match attention to detail by the Light Blues (bottom centre) came to nothing in the attempt to curtail the catalogue of catastrophe.

At times Oxford seemed almost to have gained a passing resemblance to the All Blacks or so it may have seemed to spectators, whether inebriated, intrigued or merely enthusiastic.

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