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RUGBY UNION: Smith keen to make case for the defence

Oxford Mail: Assistant coach Ollie Smith wants to see London Welsh keep things tight in defence against Bristol Assistant coach Ollie Smith wants to see London Welsh keep things tight in defence against Bristol

London Welsh assistant coach Ollie Smith is hoping to avoid a repeat of the semi-final drama when his side face Bristol in the Greene King IPA Championship final, first leg tomorrow.

Welsh pipped Leeds 60-58 on aggregate after a pulsating 29-20 victory at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium on May 18.

That provided great entertainment for the crowd, but was not good viewing for defence coach Smith.

And he doesn’t want to witness a similar show back at the Kassam tomorrow (7.45).

“If it was like that every game, I would get the sack,” he said.

“Leeds are a good team. We have talked through some of the mistakes we made in both legs.

“From my point of view, it was far from ideal.”

Smith added: “There was a great amount of excitement at the end, but we have not won anything yet.”

Having worked hard in training since, Smith is confident his players will do better.

“There is a belief we can fix things, but there is also a frustration,” he said.

“We have had a good defence for the vast majority of the season.

“We have the first leg at home and want to carry on where we left off in that last 15 minutes.”

Morecambe 1 (Ellison 40), Oxford Utd 0

Oxford Mail:

9:55pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

OXFORD United delivered a vastly improved performance, but were left to reflect on a controversial penalty decision which went against them in defeat at Morecambe.

Updates - Morecambe v Oxford Utd

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6:58pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

All the latest news from Oxford United's visit to Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two.

Horse trial entrants can use eco-friendly bedding for mounts

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

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Morris eyeing Oxford United revival

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

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GOLF: Winning feeling catapults Pepperell to highest finish

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Tuesday 19th August 2014

EDDIE Pepperell put his best finish on the European Tour down to a boost in confidence gained from victory at the British Par 3 Championship.

FOOTBALL: Concannon seeks repeat

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8:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Didcot Town joint manager Ian Concannon has urged his players to back up their 5-0 mauling of Bishops Cleeve when they host Southern League Division 1 South & West new boys Larkhall Athletic tonight.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh undone as Wasps produce sting in the tail

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Wasps 38 (tries Hughes 2, Davies, Thompson, Myall; cons Jackson 4, Lozowski; pen Lozowski) London Welsh 24 (tries Scott, pen, Elder; cons Barkley 2, Roberts; pen Barkley)

CRICKET: Keegan stars as Oxon hold up Cheshire's title charge

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Chad Keegan continued to take on title-chasing Cheshire almost single-handedly as Oxfordshire staged a fightback on day two of their Unicorns Counties Championship Western Division match at Nantwich.

RUGBY UNION: Exiles need to learn lessons and quickly, says Burnell

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

LONDON Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said they must learn the lessons of their Adams Park defeat to Wasps and quickly.

GOLF: Elmey so close to medal

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NICK Elmey lost in a play-off to finish runner-up in the Junior Gold Medal at Frilford Heath.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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