RUGBY UNION: Burnell relishing play-off crunch

Justin Burnell

Justin Burnell

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

Justin Burnell says London Welsh’s play-off final against Bristol cannot come around soon enough.

The Exiles host Bristol at the Kassam Stadium on Wednesday night (7.45) in the first leg of their Greene King IPA Championship final.

And having experienced such a high with their last-gasp semi-final victory over Leeds, head coach Burnell (pictured above) is eager to get back in the fray.

“It’s a mouth-watering prospect, that’s why we are talking it up,” said Burnell.

“We can’t wait for it. It’s brilliant.”

Bristol, whose director of rugby is former England and Scotland coach Andy Robinson, are favourites for promotion, but there is no doubting Welsh’s determination.

“It is a special breed here,” said Burnell.

“It’s a good mixture. We have a couple of northerners, a couple of Welsh lads.

“The way they have been brought up is that you have got to work hard for everything in life and that’s what they proved today.

“We want success and the only way you will achieve that is by rolling your sleeves up and punching your guts out.”

Latest Sport news

Oxford United fans' chat

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

11:59am Monday 20th October 2014

Have your say on the hot topics at Oxford United in our 60-minute interactive discussion for supporters from noon.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's win over Tranmere Rovers

Oxford Mail:

10:42am Monday 20th October 2014

OXFORD United bounced back to form with a 2-0 win against Tranmere Rovers at the Kassam Stadium.

On-target Alfie Potter hails dream day as Oxford United regain winning habit + VIDEO

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 20th October 2014

ALFIE Potter hailed a “perfect day” as he came off the bench to score and give Oxford United a much-needed victory over Tranmere Rovers.

Oxford United skipper Jake Wright hails Tareiq Holmes-Dennis debut

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Monday 20th October 2014

JAKE Wright praised the performance of debutant Tareiq Holmes-Dennis in Oxford United’s win over Tranmere Rovers.

London Welsh lose 28-18 at Lyon

Oxford Mail: London Welsh are staying at the Kassam

7:30am Monday 20th October 2014

LONDON Welsh’s search for a first win of the season goes on despite a much-improved showing in their European Rugby Challenge Cup clash in France.

FOOTBALL: Wantage rocked as boss quits

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Monday 20th October 2014

Wantage Town are looking for a new boss after Gary Acking resigned as manager of the the Southern League side.

FOOTBALL: City are made to pay for sloppy show

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Oxford City let slip a 1-0 lead and had a man sent off as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Lowestoft Town in Vanarama Conference North on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Shot-shy Banbury are well beaten at Chippenham

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Banbury United slipped to their second Evo-Stik Southern League Premier League defeat in a row following Saturday’s 3-0 drubbing at Chippenham Town.

FOOTBALL: Millers' first-half show makes the difference

Oxford Mail: Morgan Williams netted a double in North Leigh's 7-0 win at Guildford City

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

North Leigh set up an FA Carlsberg first-qualifying round trip to Poole Town after an impressive display in a 2-1 win at Yate Town on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Deadly Mills does it again

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

John Mills scored a five-minute double as Didcot booked a trip to Bideford with victory at Loop Meadow Stadium in Saturday’s preliminary round clash.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree