RUGBY LEAGUE: Baird blow as Oxford face Gateshead test

Oxford RL's JJ Baird is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury

Oxford RL's JJ Baird is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury

First published in Sport

Oxford RL will be without JJ Baird for the rest of the season after the second row forward suffered a knee injury in their 58-16 defeat by York a fortnight ago.

This is a big blow for Oxford, who have a mounting injury crisis as they bid to climb away from the lower reaches of the table.

For Sunday’s trip to north east to take on Gateshead Thunder, Glenn Osborn is ruled out after damaging his elbow in training, while Karl Temata continues to be out with a back injury.

Late fitness tests will be given to Sean Morris (hamstring), Value Bentley (knee) and Jimmy Rowland (knee).

Coach Tony Benson welcomes back Michael Crabtree and Dave Ellison after they missed the heavy York defeat for personal reasons.

Oxford, who did not have a game last week, will be looking for revenge against the Thunder after losing the last two encounters between the sides.

Gateshead ran out 47-28 victors at the International Stadium at the start of the campaign and then won 36-22 at Iffley Road last month.

Gateshead know they need to pick up the victory on Sunday as they sit just outside the playoffs Oxford will be trying to put pressure on the home side as they try and make one last push towards the play-offs.

Benson said said: “It’s going to be a difficult challenge, on and off the field, as it’s a long old drive up there.

“So we need to ensure our preparations are spot on.

“It is hard to predict what sort of side we will be facing.

“But they have brought in some experienced players over the past few months in the shape of Jamie Rooney, Lee Mapals and more recently Ben Hardcastle.

“So they are a side packed full of experience as well as youth.

“I am expecting a tough match this weekend.”

Oxford squad: Benson, Blaney, Blewitt, Briggs, Brooker, Crabtree, Connick, Davies, Egerton, Ellison, Evans, Hoggins, Hayles, Lynch, J Morris, S Morris, Mulkeen, Newton, O’Keeffe, Parker, Rice, Roden, Rowland, Sharratt, Slade-Jones, Thompson, Vickers, Winfield, Wright.

Latest Sport news

Confusion over future of West Oxfordshire-based Caterham F1 team amid threats of legal action

Oxford Mail: Tony Fernandes

12:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CONFUSION surrounded the future of the troubled West Oxfordshire-based Caterham F1 motor racing team tonight as former boss Tony Fernandes faces legal action by the current 'owners'.

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN: Wharton story should have wider audience

Oxford Mail: Michael Duberry

4:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN

Watch: Match highlights and reaction to Oxford United's win at Northampton Town

Oxford Mail:

12:13pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Watch match highlights of Oxford United's 3-1 win at Northampton Town, plus after match reaction

United go Wild with comeback victory over Northampton + Video match highlights

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MICHAEL Appleton was thrilled by the response Oxford United showed to falling behind as they stormed back to win 3-1 at Northampton Town.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh yet to extend Hala'ufia loan

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LONDON Welsh say they have yet to extend Chris Hala’ufia’s loan deal, despite news he will not be returning to Llanelli Scarlets.

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Mole's double brings first win

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Jacob Tudge bagged a brace as Tower Hill ended their search for a win with a 4-1 success at Kingston Colts in the Giles Sports Witney Under 14 A Youth League.

FOOTBALL: Super Seacole bags a brace

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

George Seacole delivered a double as North Leigh United won 4-1 at Henley Town in the first round of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup.

SCHOOLS' FOOTBALL: Vale lifted by late double

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO late goals saw Vale of White Horse claim a 2-0 win away to Southampton in the ESFA Under 15 PlayStation Inter Association Trophy second round.

FOOTBALL: Marston mauled as red-hot Coles stars

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Marston Saints went down to a heavy 5-1 defeat at unbeaten Oakley United in the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division after a disastrous second half.

FOOTBALL: It's a Vale of tears as Stanford suffer shock

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

North Berks League Division 2 leaders Stanford in the Vale suffered a surprise second-round exit at the hands of Division 3 side Hungerford Town Swifts.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree