RUGBY UNION: Smith keen to make case for the defence

8:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

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.”

Danny Hylton: Why I turned down Hartlepool to stay with Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 9th February 2016

A recharged Danny Hylton turned down a bid to move away from Oxford United so he could enjoy success with the club.

HOCKEY: Former Magdalen College School pupils will lead teams in Varsity Match

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Tuesday 9th February 2016

Two recent pupils of Magdalen College School, Oxford, will captain their respective in the forthcoming Varsity Matches.

HOCKEY: Oxford Hawks men rue their luck in eight-goal bonanza

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Tuesday 9th February 2016

Oxford Hawks felt aggrieved after having to settle for a 4-4 draw away to Henley in South League Premier Division 1.

Boss Michael Appleton calls on Oxford United to stretch advantage by beating Mansfield

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 9th February 2016

Michael Appleton sees the visit of Mansfield Town tonight as an opportunity for Oxford United to further cement a place in the top three.

FOOTBALL: Roberts to help City's promotion bid - Merritt

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Tuesday 9th February 2016

OXFORD City general manager Justin Merritt hopes a good run of games in Vanarama National League South will help striker James Roberts to shine.

GOLF: Studley Wood pro Dusan Gavrilovic takes top job at The Buckinghamshire club

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Tuesday 9th February 2016

Dusan Gavrilovic is leaving Studley Wood to become the professional at one of the leading clubs in the south of England.

DARTS: Oxfordshire still in relegation danger after defeat by classy Notts

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Tuesday 9th February 2016

Oxfordshire face a battle to avoid the drop from Division 1 of the BDO Inter-Counties Championship after losing 23-13 to a talented Nottinghamshire team at Hucknall.

RUGBY UNION: Superb Chinnor spring huge shock with win at high-fliers

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 9th February 2016

CHINNOR produced a sensational display to stun National League 2 South high-fliers Old Albanians 17-5.

DARTS: Carterton Social Club fight off Kidlington SC challenge to triumph

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 9th February 2016

When Carterton Social Club raced into a 3-0 lead, it looked like plain sailing in their Greene King ODDA Winter League clash away to Section 1 opponents Kidlington Social Club A.

RUGBY UNION: Henley convincingly beaten at Hartpury

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

7:50am Tuesday 9th February 2016

HENLEY Hawks suffered a heavy 48-16 defeat at Hartpury College in National League 1.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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