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.”

Brown eager to give U's fans cheer

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

JUNIOR Brown believes Oxford United will be inspired by a big crowd this afternoon as they host Portsmouth.

CRICKET: Robyns and Spears rescue Oxfordshire Under 17s

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE Under 17s put in a superb performance to beat Sussex by one wicket on first innings in their friendly at Blackstone, Hove.

United boss could name same again

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

WITH no new injury concerns Oxford United could name an unchanged starting line-up for the first time this season.

ATHLETICS: England's relishing 800m challenge

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

HANNAH England would love to make tomorrow’s foray in the 800m a regular event, writes STUART WEIR.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh look to sign off pre-season on a high

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

London Welsh conclude preparations for the Aviva Premiership campaign when they play their final pre-season match at Pontypridd today (2.30).

MOTORSPORT: Marussia seeking to keep Chilton for rest of season

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon has insisted the team are “working towards” ensuring Max Chilton retains his seat for the remainder of the season.

MOTORSPORT: Massa sets sights on podium finish in Belgium

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Williams driver Felipe Massa is ready to battle for a place on the podium in tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix after moving up a gear in the second practice session.

MOTORSPORT: Robinson sisters revved up

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

East Hagbourne’s Leah Robinson stormed to victory in the final Ladies and Girls ACU Luscombe Suzuki Leeds British Trials Championship event of the season in Richmond, Yorkshire.

MOTORSPORT: Plato aiming to bridge the gap

Oxford Mail: Jason Plato takes the tighest line on the way to fourth spot

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Oxford's Jason Plato is determined to close the gap on leader Colin Turkington as he bids to maintain his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship challenge at Knockhill in Scotland tomorrow.

BOXING: Double delight as Bicester duo make winning starts

Oxford Mail:

7:50am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Bicester Boxing Club’s leading juniors, Callum Painting and Frazer Kernan, had impressive debuts at the Ultimate Amateur show in Cheltenham.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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