Varsity Shield: Swansea 13-24 Cardiff

Team Cardiff cruised to their fifteenth successive Varsity win over Swansea University with a comfortable 24-13 Shield victory.

Swansea opened the scoring in the Shield contest with a win in cycling, the first event of the competition, but that lead did not last long as Cardiff asserted their control in the following contests. Firstly, Rowing blitzed to victory in the Welsh Boat Race before Archery and Rifle won their fixtures on the Sunday preceding the main day of games.

With the Boxing event cancelled due to a lack of Swansea fighters, it was the turn of Equestrian and Kickboxing. The Green and White took the spoils in the horsing event before Cardiff knocked the Swans down in the ring.

Waterpolo eased to a win on Tuesday night before the Wednesday festivities took place; with the majority being held at Swansea’s Sketty Lane. Thousands turned out, armed with beer, sun-cream and some wild chanting as Athletics got proceedings underway with a home team win.

The sun continued to shine as Cricket, away from Sketty, recorded a dominant win, as did Sailing on the glistening water. Inside, Netball and Taekwondo added to Cardiff’s winning tally with Badminton and Tennis playing out intense draws.

Swimming and Golf clawed points back for Swansea and in the eagerly anticipated Freshers’ Rugby event, Cardiff shocked Swansea with a 31-25 win. Men’s Ultimate Frisbee and Squash extended Cardiff’s lead before Swansea asserted their control in the Football. Both the men’s and women’s team succumbed to losses with Swansea’s Fencing team also stabbing their way to victory. The ladies’ Hockey won, as did Lacrosse and Basketball, however Ultimate Frisbee suffered defeat.

In the clash of the Titans, Swansea handed the Cobras a lesson in American Football and inside, Canoe Polo gave Swansea another point. Further wins for the ladies, including Volleyball, Rugby and Squash gave Cardiff a comfortable lead with Swansea picking up wins in a tight IMG Football game as well as Staff Netball.

Men’s Basketball, Volleyball and ladies’ Fencing put the seal on a Team Cardiff onslaught with Staff Football adding the cherry on top of the icing with a win.

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