10:30am Thursday 26th September 2013
By Ed Mezzetti
OXFORD University completed their French tour with a 21-12 defeat to Bayonne Espoirs.
The Dark Blues, who visit Richmond on Monday for their first match of the season on British soil, lost both their fixtures in France, despite what they feel were two good performances.
Captained by blindside flanker James Harris, who put in some great tackles, the students scored tries through lock Tim Little, converted by full back Pietie Olivier, and centre Marcus-Alexander Neil.
The Espoirs, who are the under 23 side of French Top 14 outfit Bayonne, bagged three converted tries.
After facing Richmond, the Dark Blues have eight more fixtures until the Varsity Match against Twickenham on Thursday, December 12.
The highlight looks to be at home to Russia on Sunday, November 10 – a repeat of the 2012 clash between sides, which Russia won 29-15.
September 30: Richmond (A). October 11: Trinity College Dublin (H). October 15: Newport Gwent Dragons (H). October 22: Ealing Trailfinders (A). November 3: Worcester Warriors (H). November 10: Russia (H). November 20: Major Stanley’s XV (H). November 25: Sydney University (H). December 2: Esher (A). December 12: Cambridge University (Twickenham).
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