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.”

RUGBY LEAGUE: Oxford RL ready for Swinton Lions test

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

7:00am Saturday 29th August 2015

OXFORD RL look to build on their promising 40-26 victory over South Wales Scorpions as they travel to high-flying Swinton Lions in Kingstone Press League 1 on Monday.

CRICKET: Aston Rowant book cup final spot

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

6:40am Saturday 29th August 2015

ASTON Rowant won a rain-interrupted semi-final against Great & Little Tew in the Oxfordshire Under 17 competition.

ANGLING: Matrix Talismen close in on Oxford Summer League crown

Oxford Mail: Anglers are being reminded that fishing for coarse fish in rivers is off limits for three months.

6:20am Saturday 29th August 2015

MATRIX Talismen Blue look to have sewn up the Oxford Summer League after winning the fifth round on the Thames at Culham and Appleford.

ROUND-UP: Oxford Saints halted in last eight

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 29th August 2015

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Oxford Saints lost 50-13 to Sussex in the quarter-finals of the Southern Conference Division 2.

GOLF: Eddie Pepperell's in the hunt at Czech Masters

Oxford Mail:

8:30pm Friday 28th August 2015

ANOTHER solid round saw Oxfordshire’s Eddie Pepperell finish four shots behind the leaders in the Czech Masters.

MOTORSPORT: Bradley Smith storms to third in Silverstone free practice

Oxford Mail:

4:26pm Friday 28th August 2015

OXFORDSHIRE’S Bradley Smith was third fastest after the first day of free practice at the British MotoGP at Silverstone today.

CRICKET: Great Tew handed walkover as Dinton fail to raise team

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

3:40pm Friday 28th August 2015

GREAT & Little Tew’s promotion hopes were given a big boost when tomorrow's scheduled opponents Dinton handed them a walkover.

Josh Ruffels playing the waiting game to regain Oxford United place

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 28th August 2015

JOSH Ruffels believes the increased competition in midfield has made him a better player, even though he is not getting in the side.

Alex MacDonald searching for a sparkle after frustrating start to season

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 28th August 2015

ALEX MacDonald is working on making improvements in his game after admitting he is suffering a frustrating start to the season with Oxford United.

Michael Appleton on the importance of Oxford United hitting their targets

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Friday 28th August 2015

ON the final whistle tomorrow Oxford United will know without consulting the league table whether they are ahead of schedule, or playing catch-up.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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