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Varsity Match joy for Sam

December 8th, 2017

A former Monmouth sportsman has celebrated a memorable victory at the home of English rugby union.

Sam Troughton, 25, was part of Cambridge University’s squad for their hard-fought 20-10 victory yesterday (Thursday) in the 136th Men’s Varsity Match against Oxford University at Twickenham.

Cardiff-born Sam came on as a late replacement for lock Nick Koster and was on the field when the final whistle was blown.

Sam played prop for Monmouth School for Boys’ 1st XV and rowed for the 1st VIII for two years.

Sam, who is studying at Robinson College, played in the match between Oxford Greyhounds and Cambridge LX Club last year.

Cambridge opened up a 5-0 lead in the Varsity Match after a try from scrum-half and man-of-the-match Chris Bell.

Oxford replied before the break with a penalty from Conor Kearns.

Mike Phillips’ penalty made it 8-3 to Cambridge and then Archie Russell’s try with 25 minutes remaining, thanks to a strong outside break, opened up a 10-point cushion.

Oxford responded and Will Wilson crashed over the line for a converted score after 65 minutes.

However, captain Charlie Amesbury dotted down at the tail of a maul soon afterwards as Cambridge retained the title.

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