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.”

LONDON WELSH: Burnell makes pledge to fringe players

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Thursday 29th January 2015

SOME of London Welsh’s squad players have staked a claim for a regular first team place, following good performances in cup games, according to Justin Burnell, writes SIMON WILLIAMS.

ATHLETICS: Megan Humphreys in top-ten finish

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

Oxford City’s Megan Humphreys continued her rich vein of form with a top-ten finish at the South of England Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park, Brighton.

AUNT SALLY: Banbury in cup delight

Oxford Mail: Aunt sally doll close up for sport

8:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

Banbury added the Neil West Memorial Cup to their Banbury Indoor League title triumph with a 2-0 win over Deddington in the final.

BAR BILLIARDS: Leaders Kennington roar back to survive big scare

Oxford Mail: cue and cue ball for images of snooker and billards for sport

8:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

Gladiators Club B narrowly missed out on a shock win over Premier Division leaders Kennington in the Johnsons Buildbase Oxford League, writes PETE EWINS.

POINT-TO-POINT: Dabinett Moon shines bright to being Fran and Chris Marriott a popular success

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

Dabinett Moon provided the biggest cheer of the day when claiming a popular victory for Chipping Norton trainer Fran Marriott at the Heythrop Hunt meeting at Cocklebarrow, near Aldsworth, writes JAKE EXELBY.

RACING: Henrietta Knight in Bangor return with Calgary Bay

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

Henrietta Knight, who handed in her licence in June 2012, is set to make a low-key return to racing by saddling Calgary Bay in a hunter chase at Bangor-on-Dee on Friday, February 6.

ICE HOCKEY: Flying start sees Stars earn draw to climb off the bottom

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

OXFORD City Stars moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-2 draw against London Raiders at Oxpens.

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN: Keep it positive at home and send the fear factor packing

Oxford Mail: Michael Duberry

3:00pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

Oxford United have been struggling at home this season, so it’s vitally important that the fans keep on backing their team.

GOLF: End of an era as Tony Rees calls it a day after 56 years at Oxford

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 28th January 2015

TONY Rees admits it will be an emotional day when he finally steps down after spending more than half a century as a permanent fixture on the Oxfordshire golfing scene.

Tyrone Barnett deal is not dead, says Oxford United chief executive Mark Ashton

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

9:10am Wednesday 28th January 2015

REPORTS suggesting Tyrone Barnett had rejected personal terms at Oxford United are wide of the mark, says chief executive Mark Ashton.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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