Varsity match: Edinburgh men seek revenge at BT Murrayfield

This was published online and in print by the Edinburgh Evening News.

The University of Edinburgh men’s XI will be hoping to “stop the rot” against St Andrews University in the annual RBS Scottish Varsity match at BT Murrayfield tomorrow with more than 11,000 tickets sold for the match.

St Andrews’ men have emerged victorious in the past three matches, with last year’s 27-26 win secured in the dying seconds of the match thanks to a touchline conversion from scrum-half Finn Murphy.

Edinburgh captain Nick Stephen said: “It’s an amazing experience playing in front of 10,000 people, and we’re hoping for more this year.

“We’ve had a really strong pre-season and had a few wins in that. I’ve been involved in two of the Varsity games so far and it’s been pretty tough as they’ve been difficult losses to take, especially last year’s, but we are looking to stop the rot – that’s our motivation.”

St Andrews, meanwhile, will be looking for revenge in the women’s fixture, with the result last year a one-sided affair after Edinburgh easily won 36-7, helped by a hat-trick of tries from Lisa Thomson.

Tickets costing £5 and will be available at the gate, with the women’s match kicking off at 5pm before the men’s at 6pm.

There is also full live radio coverage of both matches from 4.30pm on FreshAir.org.uk

Read more at: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/rugby-union/varsity-match-edinburgh-men-seek-revenge-at-bt-murrayfield-1-4237848

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