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.”

Appleton keen to ensure Oxford United retain league focus amid derby distraction

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015

MICHAEL Appleton is looking forward to his first experience of an Oxford-Swindon clash, but has made it clear the priority is on ensuring it is a fixture in Sky Bet League One next season.

Captain Jake Wright calls for Oxford United to keep calm

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015

KEEPING a cool head will be key if Oxford United are going to beat fierce rivals Swindon Town tonight, according to skipper Jake Wright.

Oxford United's O'Dowda delighted Dublin delay allows crack at Swindon

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Tuesday 6th October 2015

CALLUM O’Dowda cannot wait for his first taste of a game against Swindon Town after getting permission to delay his trip to meet up with the Ireland Under 21 squad.

Jordan Graham set for his first Oxford United start in derby clash

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015

JORDAN Graham is in line to make his first Oxford United start as injury looks likely to rule Danny Rose out of their clash with Swindon Town.

IN PICTURES: Oxford United's four successive victories over Swindon Town

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015

ALTHOUGH Oxford United have won fewer derby matches than rivals Swindon Town, who lead 21-13, they go into tonight’s game looking for an unprecedented fifth straight victory.

DARTS: Oxfordshire pay for slow start as they lose to Surrey

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015

Oxfordshire are still looking for their first win in this season's BDO Inter-Counties Championship after losing 20-16 away to Surrey at Worcester Park at the weekend The visitors never recovered after losing the opening Ladies’ B match 5-1.

FOOTBALL: Didcot Town joint manager Ian Concannon frustrated by FA Trophy replay

Oxford Mail:

7:40am Tuesday 6th October 2015

DIDCOT Town joint manager Ian Concannon admitted he was frustrated his side face an FA Trophy preliminary round replay at Bridgwater Town tonight, following a goalless draw on Saturday.

HOCKEY: Chilvers double nicks tight victory for Oxford Hawks

Oxford Mail: hockey - field

7:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015

Sam Chilvers scored twice as Oxford Hawks opened their South League Premier 1 campaign with an exciting 4-3 win at Milton Keynes.

HOCKEY: Haynes takes 20 seconds to open Oxford's account

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015

KimHaynes scored after 20 seconds as Oxford Ladies started their South Clubs League Division 2 campaign with a 5-1 win at home to Marlow on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Leaders Doncaster end Oxford United women's winning run

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015

Oxford United’s three-match winning run in FA Women’s Super League 2 was brought to an end with a 3-0 defeat away to league leaders Doncaster Rovers Belles.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.


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