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RUGBY UNION: Achilles doubles up as Quins cruise home
11:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
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JACKSON Achilles scored a brace of tries as Oxford Harlequins opened their campaign with a 36-15 victory at Newbury Blues.
The No 8 was one of a host of debutants for Quins, who were relegated last season.
Achilles drove over for his first on ten minutes, with fly half Zack Norris converting.
Newbury replied with a penalty from Richy West, but visiting skipper Luke Brown went over for a try – a first for a Quins player on his captaincy debut.
Home flanker Robbie Drysdale was driven before the break, with West converting.
Norris converted his own try, set up by full back Jack Robinson’s 50-metre break, then replacement lock Adam Neal scored for 24-10.
Achilles’s second came after good recycling, Norris converting, while wing Adam Walsh completed the scoring after centre Dave Cree had gone over for Newbury.
Witney battled back from 19-3 down at the break to pip hosts Buckingham 20-19.
The visitors gave debuts to fly half Phil Thomas and centre Dave Hyde, but had only a Thomas penalty to show from the first half.
Centre James Bernard, wing Calum Gillie and No 8 Tom Amos all went over for Buckingham, fly half Andrew White converting two.
Witney’s superior fitness showed after the break with Alex Carlsson and Matt Clarke scoring tries, both converted by Thomas, who added a penalty, which proved decisive.
Promoted Grove lost 21-18 in a stormy home game with Swindon.
Grove led 13-7, but could not hold in a match that featured five yellow cards, with flankers Ben Nichol and Dave Wells, plus centre Joe Bellinger all sin-binned for the hosts.
Lock Paul Miles and wing Harry Carr scored tries, with fly half Roger Sevier kicking two conversions and a penalty, but three converted tries won it for Swindon.
Friendly: Ampthill 3rd 29 (tries D Jones 2, M Loan, J MacShane, J Kitchener; cons J Bradley 2), Bicester 2nd 12 (tries S Miller, F Everitt; con S Poole).
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