OXFORD University were outclassed by a dominant Cambridge as they lost 15-0 at Twickenham.

The defeat, played out in torrential rain, capped a miserable day for the Dark Blues after they earlier lost the women’s clash 8-5.

It also increased Cambridge’s lead in the overall series, with the Light Blues now ahead by 64 wins to 60.

The conditions meant both sides committed plenty of handling errors, but it was Cambridge centre Charlie Watson who went closest to touching down early on.

His team did not have to wait long to break the deadlock, with Fergus Jemphrey scoring the first of his two tries.

The Varsity debutant crossed after a line-break and skilful offload from Joey Gatus, although the conversion was missed.

Cambridge, boasting former Australia captain James Horwill and ex-South African international Flip van der Merwe as their second row pairing, continued to dictate the tempo and always looked in control.

Contrastingly, Oxford barely threatened and they were unable to trouble their opponents, especially as the heavy pitch left both sets of players cramping up.

The teams went in just five points apart at half-time, but the Light Blues struck first in the second period.

Jemphrey made the difference, using pace and strength to force his way over for another try, with the conversion again unsuccessful.

Both sides began to noticeably tire and the contest was truly put beyond Oxford’s reach late on.

Scrum half Chris Bell had impressed all afternoon and he rounded off a superb performance by darting through a gap and touching down.

Earlier in the day, Oxford’s women were also left heartbroken – but came much closer to victory.

Coreen Grant scored a fantastic 77th-minute try to seal a third Varsity victory in a row for Cambridge, by the same winning margin as last year.

For much of the game it looked like the Dark Blues would triumph, thanks to Jessica Abele’s close-range try.

Oxford failed to convert and a Cambridge penalty meant the gap was just two points as the game entered its closing stages.

But Grant, who represents Saracens at club level, stepped up to steal the show.

The centre outpaced the Oxford defence and tore through several missed tackles, with the missed conversion proving academic.

Cambridge’s victory means they are now just five behind the Dark Blues’ 19 wins.