University Challenge team triumph over Newcastle in Quarter Final

The team’s next quarter-final match will be broadcast in the coming weeks.

The University of Liverpool’s University Challenge team triumphed over Newcastle University to move one step closer to the semi-final.

The team is made up of captain, Robin Wainwright, studying Biological Sciences; Jenny McLoughlin who studies Biological and Medical Sciences;  Law student Jack Bennett; and Medical student Ed Bretherton. After a strong start from Newcastle, Liverpool fought back to beat their opponents 190 – 150 in the long-running quiz.

Host, Jeremy Paxman, congratulated the Liverpool team on their win but described them as ‘living dangerously’. In the early rounds of questions, Newcastle led by 70 points (65 to – 5); however Liverpool showed tenacity and some impressive music knowledge to come back into contention.

One step closer

A Lord of the Rings bonus round edged Liverpool ahead of Newcastle in the latter stages – as Robin displayed his impressive knowledge of Tolkien to answer all questions correctly and move Liverpool to victory.

The team will appear in the next round of Quarter-Finals in the coming weeks – another win will secure their place in the Semi-Finals.

The current team have already matched the spirited effort by last year’s team, led by Declan Crew.

You can catch up on the team’s win over Newcastle on BBC iPlayer.  

University Challenge airs on Monday evenings, at 8pm on BBC2.


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