RUGBY UNION: The numbers game

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

Oxford Harlequins ground out an ugly victory in the battle of the basement boys. Here is the numbers' game. See Tuesday’s paper for full report.

National 3 South West

Oxford Harlequins 22, Maidenhead 10

Oxford Harlequins player ratings

15. Will Hilton 7 (kicked well in tricky conditions).

14. JJ Baird 6 (solid enough).

13. Harry Whittington 6 (played his part).

12. Alan Johnstone 6 (some decent defence).

11. Huw Jones 6 (had the odd moment).

10. Guillame Bourda 6 (lacked fluency).

9. Jack Cosins 6 (made to work hard).

1. Simon Chadbone 6 (kept battling).

3. Matt Edney 6 (got stuck in).

2. Jon Direen 6 (battling effort).

4. Luke Brown 7 (good lineout work).

5. Mike Forde 6 (shrugged off injury).

6. Ramen Farahani 6 (worked hard).

7. Seisoni Tupou 7 (STAR MAN, carried well in the mud).

8. Ollie Rees 6 (prepared to scrap).

Replacments used

20. Pete Boulton 6 (added power).

17. Pita Halatokoua 6 (little chance to shine) 19. Sam Bennett 7 (promising debut).

Referee: Dan Parrott (Gloucestershire) – 6 (not an easy game to police) Entertainment rating: 3.

Highlight: Will Hilton’s place-kicking.

Lowlight: The number of handling errors.

Form guide: This looked like a bottom-of-the-table clash.

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