Follow all the action live from the 2014 North-West Varsity 2014.
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.
Full Time: Manchester 20-3 Liverpool
One last ‘unay’ push from the purples, most are getting ready for the pitch invasion, however.
Penalty to Manchester, the ref checks his watch and insists that there is, intact, enough time.
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.
Referees are debating what to do here, that was a very intense little scrap
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.
But a flare has just been set off in a particularly feisty bit of the stand.
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
After all that pressure, they’ve knocked it on over the line. Scrum Manchester.
To be fair their finishing has been missing so long it’s on milk bottles
Liverpool have been within 5 metres of Manchester’s try line for a good 10 minutes now and still nothing.
Nothing much to report on unfortunately, apart from the incredibly uncomfortable toilet situation that sees you lining up in union style both gender toilets.
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.
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.
The second-row set-piece taker Morrisey knocks it over to a chorus of boos. 13-3
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.
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.
and nails it! Manchester are now 13-0 up!
Waldin lines up a penalty, just over 22 metres out…
underway here, Manchester has Liverpool right on their 5 meter line. Keep it going!
Andrew needs the toilet bless him. His bladder can’t handle the 2 drinks he has had….bottler
After a quick half time turn around, Manchester are back out on the pitch!
‘Mancunion Sport streak?’ suggests Will. We’ll have an interesting back page for you next week, folks!
Another half-time streaker, the third from the Manchester faithful.
The Bee has no mounted a pitch invader at half time. I think mascots need increased CRB checks in future.
Mancunion Sport half time verdict: It’s a bit flat.
Half Time: Manchester 10-0 Liverpool
‘Your Dad works for my Dad’ say Manchester. A lot of the Red-brick related chants have sadly disappeared from the repertoire.
Or 10 metre line, not particularly sure why I called it the 40.
Liverpool are gradually working their way back down the pitch, on the 40 now.
Great solo effort from the scrum, Manchester find themselves on the Liverpool five metre line. Liverpool line-out.
Manchester wheel the scrum, winning the feed this time.
Liverpool have a scrum of half way at the moment. It’s been a slow first half action wise.
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.
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.
We’re fast approaching half-time, Manchester are still in possession. Starting to dominate this a bit more now
Owen hit’s it from all of 35 metres! He must have a foot like a traction engine! Manchester 10-0 Liverpool.
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…
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.
Manchester are on the attack again, after a penalty sees them back in Liverpool’s 22.
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.
Manchester have been in their opponents 22 for some time now.
The Shark has disappeared, probably for the best if we’re honest.
SO CLOSE: Manchester were inches from the white-wash but a handling error let them down at the end.
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.
Manchester now have a penalty around 22 metres out. The crowd begs for silence.
Manchester have just made a break down the wing, with Ward being emphatically stopped by Liverpool’s full back around 20 yards out.
Liverpool have went for touch, around 20 metres out.
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!
‘The referees a wanker rings around the crowd.
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.
A Manchester player is down seriously hurt, yet no one seems to be doing anything about it…
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?
Put wide, the scores remain 0-0 and, according the the crowd, Liverpool are still ‘Scouse B*******’
Penalty to Pool
It’s noisy there’s no doubt about that, but no insults being exchanged yet.
Biggest cheer of the night comes for a smashing tackle from Manchester’s Fly Barton.
‘You Scouse bastards’, cry the purples. Your move, Liverpool.
The crowd seems to think Manchester is wonderful, listing reasons beyond the repute of the uni.
Sloppy line out from Manchester, Liverpool are on the attack in the 22.
Liverpool have the kick, we’re ready to go.
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.
Liverpool are out! To mass boo’s it must be said. Not the same hatred in the tones of MMU, though.
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.
Liverpool’s team is greeted with general ambivalence from all parties involved.
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.
Finally, kick-off is approaching.
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.
The song is literally timed perfectly with the Manchester team walking by the home stand to a rapturous reception. Teenage Dirtbags alright.
An appropriate song, you know, for all that social angst and isolation that Rugby players often feel at University.
Teenage Dirtbag now rings around the stadium, causing an mass impromptu sing-a-long.
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
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?
Jesus. 20 minutes to kick-off still, apparently.
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.
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!
There’s also a giant bee on the pitch now chatting to the giant shark. So make of that what you will.
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.
Oh, the crisps are Skips though, and the bottle was taken off him by security, it all hinges on the sandwich
Also, Will’s pack lunch has arrived, and it’s a Sainsbury’s meal deal so we’re already on to a winner.
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!
That took an unbelievably long time to type out, I hope you all appreciate that.
It seems as good a time as any to run through tonights team:
Starting with Manchester:
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.
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.
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.
There’s a shark on the pitch for some reason. No one’s sure as to why.
Cans of Carlsberg and Strongbow passed around the girls teams. Stay classy, ladies.
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.
Unbelievable performance, duly appreciated from the audience with a chorus of ‘OH MANCHESTER’ ringing Haywood Road. That was special.
You read that right.
FULL TIME: Manchester 55-0 Liverpool.
Will Kelly, ‘Everytime number 7 is smothering them up.’
The ball, that is.
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.
For those who don’t study religion and theology, the seal reference was to the seals of the apocalypse in Revelation. Sorry about that.
Oh, and they’re held up, great effort so late on though.
I’m sure that’s the first seal broken…
LIVERPOOL ARE IN THE 22
The ‘family friendly’ version of ‘Oh, Manchester’ keeps ringing around the stadium.
The pressure is on the gents team now to replicate this smashing score.
Shutler’s try was in fact her hat-trick. 55-0 is the score- the biggest Varsity result in many-a-year.
TRY: After Webster absolutely smashed the Liverpool centre, Shutler picks up the ball to score her umpteenth try of the game.
Conversion is good, 48-0!
That being said, Manchester’s Lockyer shows decent pace to score in the corner. This match is surely beyond Liverpool now. 45-0 now!
That being said, Manchester’s Lockyer shows decent pace to score in the corner. This match is surely beyond Liverpool now. 45-0 now!
It’s all gone a bit flat truth be told, we’ve got around 20 minutes left here.
Conversion is just shy!
TRY: After an extended period of pressure Manchester score in the corner. Its 40-0 with the conversion to come.
Haywood with an audacious run through half of Liverpool’s team before being bought down, it comes to nothing.
The conversion is good as the score is now 36-0…
TRY: Manchester are really wracking up the scored now, good 10-12 play making the score 34-0!
Apparently in my absence Manchester scored again! It’s 29-0 now!
We are underway here and what a kick from kick off! Putting Liverpool deep into their 22. Keep them there girls
Half time: Manchester 24-0 Liverpool!
I’ll let you know how that story develops.
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.’
A very buoyant Manchester crowd (Cheerleaders included), are facing no opposition whatsoever from the Liverpool faithful as they haven’t even shown up yet.
TRY: Apparently Katy Belchin scored that one! Coversion was good, we’re on 26-0 now.
You can really tell how posh our uni is when people chant ‘Manchester is soooooo divine.’ #silverspoon
aaaaaand it’s off the post. 19-0 Manchester. 19 gone.
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!
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.
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.
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!