RUGBY UNION: Lee's try ends Witney's resistance

Oxford Harlequins’ Jack Robinson gets his pass away as Witney’s Carl Campbell closes in

Oxford Harlequins’ Jack Robinson gets his pass away as Witney’s Carl Campbell closes in

First published in Sport


OXFORD Harlequins set up a final date with Banbury after battling past visitors Witney 32-23.

Quins’ prolific full back Jack Robinson added two more tries to his tally, but his side had to fight back from 15-13 down in the second half.

Witney were still in the semi-final at 25-23 before centre Mike Lee’s last-minute try, converted by fly half Will Hilton, sealed Quins’ victory.

Robinson ran in a spectacular opening try from 85 metres, but Witney replied with a penalty from fly half Phil Thomas.

Hilton’s penalty was then cancelled out by a Thomas drop goal before Quins wing Ed Tickle went over in the corner.

Witney closed the gap with penalties from Thomas either side of half-time, and the fly half’s fourth successful place-kick put the visitors ahead on 56 minutes.

With No 8 Seisoni Tupou in top form, Quins still threatened and retook the lead on 65 minutes.

A catch-and-drive line-out move saw flanker Richard Battson go over to put the hosts 18-15 ahead.

Eight minutes later, following bouts of recycling near the Witney line, Robinson dived over for his second try, which Hilton converted from the touchline.

Thomas soon reduced the arrears with a penalty and Witney were right back in it when lock Charlie Bennett scored their only try.

An upset was still on until Lee’s final-play try and Hilton’s conversion.

Banbury saw off Henley 2nd 24-19 in their semi-final clash at Bodicote Park last Thursday.

This sets up a repeat of the 2009 final, which Quins won 57-18.

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