Rugby Union: Centre Frost Too Hot for Dark Blues; OXFORD UNIVERSITY ........................................ 13 CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY................................. 15

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CAMBRIDGE recorded their first Varsity match victory since 1998 after centre Simon Frost stunned favourites Oxford with two early tries at a freezing Twickenham.

Oxford's bid to secure a fourth successive Twickenham triumph for the first time in 50 years fell flat, as they never fully recovered from the Light Blues' initial onslaught.

Dark Blues fly-half Matt Honeyben had a golden chance to tie the game late on, yet his conversion attempt of Canadian international prop Kevin Tkachuk's 72nd-minute try drifted wide.

Frost, a 24-year-old with appearances for Swansea and London Welsh under his belt, was the Cambridge hero.

He exposed Oxford's defensive deficiencies by touching down after nine and 16 minutes, and although the Dark Blues replied through wing Will Rubie's well-worked score, Cambridge never looked like relinquishing a 12-5 interval advantage.

Fly-half Owen Edwards' second-half penalty ensured that they lifted the MMC Trophy, denying Oxford's American lock Adam Russell an unprecedented fourth individual Varsity win in the process. Cambridge, who fielded 10 Varsity match debutants in their starting XV, took time to settle, but stunned Oxford through their first meaningful attack.

The Oxford defence was horribly exposed, with Zimbabwe-born Frost touching down following an angled 30-metre run. …