KINGSTONE PRESS CHAMPIONSHIP ONE
OXFORD edged out basement boys South Wales Scorpions at the death to record a 29-22 victory at Iffley Road.
The sides were level at 22-22 with a minute to go when Jimmy Rowland slotted over a drop goal.
Then, from the final set of the game, Sam Blaney chased a hopeful kick and outran his markers to get the final try, which Rowland converted to the joy of the home fans.
Scorpions had been three minutes away from securing their third win of the season in a see-saw clash.
Oxford took the lead after winning a penalty on Scorpions’ 20-metre line, with Rory Sharratt going over from dummy half and Rowland converting.
However, Scorpions were soon level. After winning repeat sets, Harrison Elliott stormed over and Paul Emanuelli added the goal.
The normally reliable Sean Morris almost gave away a try at one end, then fumbled the ball as he was going to score at the other.
It couldn’t have been travel that affected his concentration as his house not only looks out, but is inside the Iffley Road ground.
But his teammate Andrew Hoggins who commutes a little bit further, coming from Southampton, made up for that with a stunning try.
He picked up the ball near to the half-way line and weaved through the visitors’ defence to score, Rowland converting for 12-6. Again Scorpions hit back, with Lloyd O’Connor scoring a classic hooker’s try, diving over from the dummy-half position.
Emanuelli converted and it was 12-12 at half-time after the referee controversially blew up, despite Oxford having played the ball before the hooter sounded and 20 metres from goal.
Early in the second half, a fine run and try from Ian Newbury, converted by Emanuelli, put Scorpions ahead for the first time.
This time it was Oxford who drew level as Matty Hadden ran through with Rowland again good with the boot.
Back to the other other end, and youngster Paul Edwards ran through to score with seven minutes left on the clock, making it 22-18 to the visitors.
Oxford rallied and after a useful kick, Marcus Brooker scored in the corner.
Rowland missed the conversion, but his drop goal was enough to win the match before Blaney’s try proved to be the icing on the cake.
Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Latest Sport news
8:30am Saturday 13th February 2016
CHRIS Allen insists Sam Slocombe will be determined to make amends if he is selected to face Morecambe today (3).
7:30am Saturday 13th February 2016
LOTTIE Wynne-Jones picked up five titles in the third round of the Oxfordshire & North Bucks County Championships at Aylesbury.
7:30am Saturday 13th February 2016
OXFORD A retained their senior title in the Oxfordshire Inter-League competition at South Moreton Primary School.
7:20am Saturday 13th February 2016
FIELDSIDE went top of the Gentworks Oxford & District League Division 1 table with a 3-0 home win over Cowley Workers.
7:10am Saturday 13th February 2016
ABINGDON Conservative Club A swept aside Oracle F 4-1 to lift the Gentworks Oxford & District League’s Simonds Cup.
6:50am Saturday 13th February 2016
ELLIOT Harvey set up a title-decider in the Trent Valley Karting Club’s Winter Championship with third place at Brandon.
6:40am Saturday 13th February 2016
ALAN Campbell secured his first victory of the season when he won Littlemore AS’s Keith Mills Cup by a handy margin.
11:00am Friday 12th February 2016
IF there is one lesson Oxford United have learned from Tuesday night’s draw with Mansfield Town, it is that there is no need to man the panic stations.
9:30am Friday 12th February 2016
Alex MacDonald believes Oxford United have made huge strides in the 12 months he has been at the club.
9:00am Friday 12th February 2016
HEAD coach Michael Appleton admits he is pleased to see Danny Hylton rediscover his scoring form for Oxford United.