RUGBY UNION: Smith keen to make case for the defence

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

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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.”

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Eddie Pepperell will tee off at St Andrews today believing it is only a matter of time before he sec-ures a maiden win on the European Tour.

RUGBY UNION: Smith backs struggling Welsh to beat drop

Oxford Mail:

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Ollie Smith admits the step up to top-flight rugby has proved tougher than many at London Welsh expected.

ATHLETICS: Carter breaks own record to take Woodstock crown

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Sophie Carter broke her own ladies’ course record as she stormed to victory at the Woodstock 12.

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ICE HOCKEY: Elliott's exclusion adds to misery for sad Stars

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Oxford Harlequins Under 12s missed out on the chance of walking out at Twickenham by the narrowest of margins after suffering an agonising defeat in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

BOWLS: Campion's title

Oxford Mail: image of bowls close up of bowling woods and jack for sport

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RUGBY UNION: Trophy tribute to brave Widdowson

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BAR BILLIARDS: Trafford and Gordon set standard in defence of pairs crown

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RACING: Berkshire on way back

Oxford Mail: Jim Crowley guides the Paul Cole-trained Berkshire  to victory in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot

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Forgotten horse Berkshire is set for an imminent return to competitive action.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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