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Liveblog: North-West Varsity

Follow all the action live from the 2014 North-West Varsity 2014.

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Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20149:14 PM

Well that’s all we have time for here folks. It was in truth slightly dull, but It’s now 16 years since Manchester lost a varsity of any sorts. The Ladies opened the day with an emphatic 55-0 win, and the gents closed it 20-3.
Keep tuned for more Live Blogs throughout the year with Ice Hockey being next.
On behalf of the Mancunion Sports team, we hope you’ve had a great day, and a wonderful year.

Stay classy, Manchester.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20149:14 PM

Full Time: Manchester 20-3 Liverpool

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20149:01 PM

One last ‘unay’ push from the purples, most are getting ready for the pitch invasion, however.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20149:01 PM

Penalty to Manchester, the ref checks his watch and insists that there is, intact, enough time.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20149:00 PM

Remarkably it’s just a slap on the wrist for both teams, there is so little time left it’s probably a bit redundant to send anyone off.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:59 PM

Referees are debating what to do here, that was a very intense little scrap

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:59 PM

and a massive fight have just emerged, what on earth is going on?! A Liverpool player took off his shirt (presumably not to get blood on whilst he was brawling), and has had to put it back on as slyly as he can so to not look a total knob.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:58 PM

But a flare has just been set off in a particularly feisty bit of the stand.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:58 PM

The crowds are streaming out of the stadium as we speak, Liverpool are looking like they realise they’re about to endure a 45 minute bus ride

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:57 PM

After all that pressure, they’ve knocked it on over the line. Scrum Manchester.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:56 PM

To be fair their finishing has been missing so long it’s on milk bottles

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:56 PM

Liverpool have been within 5 metres of Manchester’s try line for a good 10 minutes now and still nothing.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:55 PM

Nothing much to report on unfortunately, apart from the incredibly uncomfortable toilet situation that sees you lining up in union style both gender toilets.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:40 PM

2 more streakers on the pitch. One made his way off peacefully, the other tried to mock two Liverpool players and got absolutely lamped by Liverpool’s Manan. Not that anyone seemed to care.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:38 PM

This is starting to reassemble every other varsity- a slow first half and a lot of points in the second. A beautiful break by Swall before popping the ball to an oncoming Simmonds who juggled the ball over the line. The conversion was hi by the ever reliable Waldin to make the score 20-3.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:36 PM

TRY!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:34 PM

The second-row set-piece taker Morrisey knocks it over to a chorus of boos. 13-3

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:33 PM

Liverpool lucky after a over thrown pass goes begging, but Manchester are adjudged to be offside at the breakdown. Liverpool have a penalty around 10 metres out and are finally going for the points.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:31 PM

Liverpool get a penalty 10 metres out but choose to tap it, instead of taking their time. Loose possession but Manchester knock it on. Liverpool have a scrum under the posts.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:28 PM

and nails it! Manchester are now 13-0 up!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:28 PM

Waldin lines up a penalty, just over 22 metres out…

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:24 PM

underway here, Manchester has Liverpool right on their 5 meter line. Keep it going!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:20 PM

Andrew needs the toilet bless him. His bladder can’t handle the 2 drinks he has had….bottler

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:19 PM

After a quick half time turn around, Manchester are back out on the pitch!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:17 PM

‘Mancunion Sport streak?’ suggests Will. We’ll have an interesting back page for you next week, folks!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:17 PM

Another half-time streaker, the third from the Manchester faithful.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:16 PM

The Bee has no mounted a pitch invader at half time. I think mascots need increased CRB checks in future.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:15 PM

Mancunion Sport half time verdict: It’s a bit flat.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:14 PM

Half Time: Manchester 10-0 Liverpool

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:13 PM

‘Your Dad works for my Dad’ say Manchester. A lot of the Red-brick related chants have sadly disappeared from the repertoire.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:12 PM

Or 10 metre line, not particularly sure why I called it the 40.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:12 PM

Liverpool are gradually working their way back down the pitch, on the 40 now.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:09 PM

Great solo effort from the scrum, Manchester find themselves on the Liverpool five metre line. Liverpool line-out.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:08 PM

Manchester wheel the scrum, winning the feed this time.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:07 PM

Liverpool have a scrum of half way at the moment. It’s been a slow first half action wise.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:05 PM

The awkward thing is he was literally sitting at the back of the stands so had to shimmy has way back through to get to his seat again.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:05 PM

The first male streaker makes his way onto the pitch, standing in the middle of the line-out before bottling it and returning to the stands.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:04 PM

We’re fast approaching half-time, Manchester are still in possession. Starting to dominate this a bit more now

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20148:00 PM

Owen hit’s it from all of 35 metres! He must have a foot like a traction engine! Manchester 10-0 Liverpool.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:59 PM

A poor Liverpool line out sees Craig-Dennis desperately try to recover from his mistake, instead he holds up play and receives a yellow card for his troubles. Liverpool are down to 14 and back in their barracks defending. Waldin with the penalty…

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:57 PM

Lovely break by Waldin, who tried to set up Miller for a one yard stroll in, but it didn’t come off. Manchester really should have scored there. 7-0, still.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:56 PM

Manchester are on the attack again, after a penalty sees them back in Liverpool’s 22.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:53 PM

After a line out on the 22, Manchester’s 6 Matthew made a break that was neatly finished off by Staunton. Conversion by Waldin is good. Manchester 7-0 Liverpool.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:51 PM

TRY!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:51 PM

Manchester have been in their opponents 22 for some time now.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:51 PM

The Shark has disappeared, probably for the best if we’re honest.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:49 PM

SO CLOSE: Manchester were inches from the white-wash but a handling error let them down at the end.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:48 PM

The penalty missed but something far stranger just happened. A female streaker entered the pitch, did a lap before hugging the ever questionable sharp who- well- mounted her on the side of the pitch. I think it was one of the women’s rugby team, but I can’t be sure. She’s back and clothed now.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:45 PM

Manchester now have a penalty around 22 metres out. The crowd begs for silence.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:45 PM

Manchester have just made a break down the wing, with Ward being emphatically stopped by Liverpool’s full back around 20 yards out.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:41 PM

Liverpool have went for touch, around 20 metres out.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:41 PM

Liverpool have another penalty, around 30 metres out, the clock has been stopped to deal with the injury. Barton has finally been carried off. We hope it isn’t too serious and he has a speedy recovery!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:39 PM

‘The referees a wanker rings around the crowd.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:39 PM

Finally a medic comes on. It isn’t in the laws of rugby to stop the game, which seems to have gone a miss on the crowd.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:38 PM

A Manchester player is down seriously hurt, yet no one seems to be doing anything about it…

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:37 PM

Someone just walked past with a sign around their neck reading ‘it’s my 21st birthday.’ What better place to spend it then a Carlsberg littered stadium in Sale?

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:36 PM

Put wide, the scores remain 0-0 and, according the the crowd, Liverpool are still ‘Scouse B*******’

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:35 PM

Penalty to Pool

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:35 PM

It’s noisy there’s no doubt about that, but no insults being exchanged yet.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:34 PM

Biggest cheer of the night comes for a smashing tackle from Manchester’s Fly Barton.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:31 PM

‘You Scouse bastards’, cry the purples. Your move, Liverpool.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:31 PM

The crowd seems to think Manchester is wonderful, listing reasons beyond the repute of the uni.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:30 PM

Sloppy line out from Manchester, Liverpool are on the attack in the 22.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:29 PM

Liverpool have the kick, we’re ready to go.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:28 PM

Manchester follow them, to a decent reception it must be said. A cheerleading guard of honour accompanied with the cries of ‘UNAY’ from the laaaaads. Game on.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:27 PM

Liverpool are out! To mass boo’s it must be said. Not the same hatred in the tones of MMU, though.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:26 PM

A chorus of ‘when we drink with’ started for Lucy Rodgers of the Women’s team, she could not down it in 8 and was justifiably hammered by boos by the whole stand.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:23 PM

Liverpool’s team is greeted with general ambivalence from all parties involved.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:22 PM

Manchester’s team has just been read out to great cheers, until Jamie Ward was boo’ed in front of us. Wonder what’s going on there… #Drama.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:20 PM

Finally, kick-off is approaching.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:20 PM

Liverpool fans have finally shown up, but there really isn’t that many. It is literally 45 minutes away I suppose. They are making a hell of a lot of noise though.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:19 PM

The song is literally timed perfectly with the Manchester team walking by the home stand to a rapturous reception. Teenage Dirtbags alright.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:18 PM

An appropriate song, you know, for all that social angst and isolation that Rugby players often feel at University.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:17 PM

Teenage Dirtbag now rings around the stadium, causing an mass impromptu sing-a-long.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:15 PM

Someone just knocked over a can next to my laptop, as well as Will’s glasses case and said ‘soz mate’ without even looking at me. Scum, sub-human scum

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:13 PM

A Manchester player, I believe to be Will Simmonds, is wearing a vest with a pink undershirt to warm-up in. Why wear a vest when it’s cold Will?

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:09 PM

Jesus. 20 minutes to kick-off still, apparently.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20147:00 PM

Myself & Will are sitting behind many people that look like they’re going to scream a lot. For no reason. At any opportunity (rugby related or not). I hate the general public.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:57 PM

The reason I’m stalling with irrelevant facts, you may wonder, is because the match was meant to kick off at seven, yet both teams are very much in the midst of warm-ups so I’ll let you know how that goes!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:56 PM

There’s also a giant bee on the pitch now chatting to the giant shark. So make of that what you will.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:54 PM

AND IT’S A CORNERSHOP SANDWICH IN A SAINSBURY’S BAG! What kind of torture has poor will gone through tonight. We’re also drinking Carlsberg so we’re having a bit of a bad time on the whole food & drink front.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:53 PM

Oh, the crisps are Skips though, and the bottle was taken off him by security, it all hinges on the sandwich

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:52 PM

Also, Will’s pack lunch has arrived, and it’s a Sainsbury’s meal deal so we’re already on to a winner.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:52 PM

Anyhow, both teams are out and Liverpool got boo’ed as they ran past the Manchester stand. Business as usual? We’ll wait and see!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:51 PM

That took an unbelievably long time to type out, I hope you all appreciate that.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:51 PM

Liverpool:
1. Lowes
2. Ridgeway
3. Dunn
4. Manning
5. Morrissey
6. Cartwright
7. Richardson
8. Meades
9. McMhahon
10. Kingsley-Smith
11. Squire
12. McLindon
13. Delahunty
14. Shephard
15. Mana
16. Cracknell
17. Mustafa
18. Turner
19. McKenna
20. Craig-Dennis
21. Clifford
22. Milner
23. Coe

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:48 PM

It seems as good a time as any to run through tonights team:

Starting with Manchester:
1. Jones
2. Wilson
3. Kelly
4. Swall
5. Staunton
6. Matthews
7. Spratt
8. Kennedy
9. Serridge
10. Barton
11. Miller
12. Carding
13. Simmonds
14. Ward
15. Waldin
16. Saleh
17. Getley
18. Byrne
19. Mann
20. Beeke
21. Smit
22. Smith
23. Akinlotan

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:45 PM

In non-related news: 1) Mancunion Sport sources suggest that there are bus troubles from the Armitage centre, halting fans progress to the Varsity.
2) Will still has no sandwich.

Stay tuned for more.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:43 PM

And we’re back! Manchester’s men have emerged from the dressing room for the second time, this time in matching tracksuits, for their warm up! I suppose they’ll want some decent Facebook profile pictures from this so they may as well look their best. Still no sign of any Liverpool fans or players but I imagine that they’ll be somewhere soon. I hope.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:27 PM

That’s that then! Great performance from the ladies!

The gents team have a lot to live up to. Here’s hoping that some Liverpool fans show up. We’ll be back with more Varsity reaction and build up in 5 minutes after we’ve popped for a pint!

Stay tuned, folks.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:23 PM

There’s a shark on the pitch for some reason. No one’s sure as to why.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:21 PM

Cans of Carlsberg and Strongbow passed around the girls teams. Stay classy, ladies.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:21 PM

Manchester run over to the main stand here to a standing ovation, Liverpool on the other hand stand in a circle by an empty stand. Weird atmosphere this one.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:20 PM

Unbelievable performance, duly appreciated from the audience with a chorus of ‘OH MANCHESTER’ ringing Haywood Road. That was special.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:19 PM

NIL

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:19 PM

FIVE

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:19 PM

FIFTY

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:19 PM

You read that right.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:19 PM

FULL TIME: Manchester 55-0 Liverpool.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:19 PM

Will Kelly, ‘Everytime number 7 is smothering them up.’

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:18 PM

The ball, that is.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:18 PM

From the scrum Manchester’s Mulqueen makes an outrageous tackle knocking Liverpool back to the 22. They have a penalty around 15 metres out now. They’re being brave and tapping it.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:17 PM

For those who don’t study religion and theology, the seal reference was to the seals of the apocalypse in Revelation. Sorry about that.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:16 PM

Oh, and they’re held up, great effort so late on though.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:15 PM

I’m sure that’s the first seal broken…

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:15 PM

LIVERPOOL ARE IN THE 22

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:13 PM

The ‘family friendly’ version of ‘Oh, Manchester’ keeps ringing around the stadium.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:11 PM

The pressure is on the gents team now to replicate this smashing score.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:10 PM

Shutler’s try was in fact her hat-trick. 55-0 is the score- the biggest Varsity result in many-a-year.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:09 PM

TRY: After Webster absolutely smashed the Liverpool centre, Shutler picks up the ball to score her umpteenth try of the game.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:08 PM

Conversion is good, 48-0!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:07 PM

That being said, Manchester’s Lockyer shows decent pace to score in the corner. This match is surely beyond Liverpool now. 45-0 now!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:07 PM

That being said, Manchester’s Lockyer shows decent pace to score in the corner. This match is surely beyond Liverpool now. 45-0 now!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20146:04 PM

It’s all gone a bit flat truth be told, we’ve got around 20 minutes left here.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:58 PM

Conversion is just shy!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:58 PM

TRY: After an extended period of pressure Manchester score in the corner. Its 40-0 with the conversion to come.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:54 PM

Haywood with an audacious run through half of Liverpool’s team before being bought down, it comes to nothing.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:53 PM

The conversion is good as the score is now 36-0…

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:52 PM

TRY: Manchester are really wracking up the scored now, good 10-12 play making the score 34-0!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:48 PM

Apparently in my absence Manchester scored again! It’s 29-0 now!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:46 PM

We are underway here and what a kick from kick off! Putting Liverpool deep into their 22. Keep them there girls

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:37 PM

Half time: Manchester 24-0 Liverpool!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:36 PM

I’ll let you know how that story develops.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:36 PM

Meanwhile fellow Editor Will is discussing with a friend what kind of sandwich he is going to get him. ‘A prawn sandwich would be nice,’ he suggests, ‘but what shop are you going to, if it’s a corner shop, absolutely not.’

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:34 PM

A very buoyant Manchester crowd (Cheerleaders included), are facing no opposition whatsoever from the Liverpool faithful as they haven’t even shown up yet.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:33 PM

TRY: Apparently Katy Belchin scored that one! Coversion was good, we’re on 26-0 now.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:30 PM

You can really tell how posh our uni is when people chant ‘Manchester is soooooo divine.’ #silverspoon

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:28 PM

aaaaaand it’s off the post. 19-0 Manchester. 19 gone.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:27 PM

TRY: Shutler’s in for her second, running half the length of the pitch to touch down. This is turning into a bit of a battering with around 20 minutes gone! 19-0 with the conversion to come!

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:25 PM

For anyone reading this who is planning on coming to the match later with a few beers, there are literal bouncers on the door who frisked my Aren jumper checking for cans, so maybe leave them at home.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:24 PM

For those wondering how the match has went so far, it has been utter domination from the purples, with Liverpool now launching their first attack within their opponents half. Old habits seemingly die hard for Manchester.

Andrew Georgeson 1st October 20145:23 PM

Welcome Ladies & Gents, sorry for the delay we’ve had some wi-fi related difficulties. We’re hopefully all sorted now & will be with you through until 10pm tonight!

We join the women’s match with Manchester 14-0 up after 14 minutes!