Haydon, a medical graduate from
They were favoured to win again this year, with
“There have been big changes at the club and it looked a bit shaky when we had some big losses earlier in the season,” Haydon, 27, said. “Winning at Twickenham leaves us with bragging rights for the year and it doesn’t matter what happens in the rest of the season.”
Alex Cheesman and James Crozier scored tries for the Dark Blues and Charlie Marr kicked 11 points, while Jimmy Richards kicked five points for Cambridge, who were also awarded a penalty try after wheeling a scrum.
“It certainly will be a highlight for a lot of players’ rugby careers, playing at Twickenham in the Varsity Match,” Haydon said. “It’s a fantastic affair. We spend a whole year preparing for this one match. It has a lot of tradition behind it and it’s a very proud occasion for both universities.
“It was very satisfying to put a performance out like that for the coaches, especially Murray. It shows the character of the man that he stayed over here after getting some bad news back home.”
Haydon’s profession stood him in good stead when he was first selected for the Oxford XV. “When I first arrived we played an away match and didn’t have a doctor,” he said. “I spent the post-match stitching up a big American prop who was playing for us last year.”
Haydon, who played in
“Some people who hoped to be in the side missed out, but that’s the way it goes. Everybody had their chance through the term.”
He said they had the game plan to take to Twickenham, having done “some quality analysis” on