RUGBY UNION: Exiles are banking on spirit to prevail

Justin Burnell

Justin Burnell

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

Justin Burnell says London Welsh will be taking a lot of team spirit as well as 19 points into their promotion showdown with Bristol.

The Exiles visit the Memorial Stadium tomorrow night leading 27-8 from the first leg of their Greene King IPA Championship final.

Head coach Burnell insists his side will play positively rather than trying to defend a lead, and have the character to do that.

“We’re a pretty honest bunch and we don’t roll over,” he said.

“We saw that in respect to Leeds in the semi-final. Thirteen points down, we were dead and buried and everyone wrote us off.

“That’s one thing we have got – spirit.”

Welsh ended Bristol’s 15-match winning run in the league at the Kassam Stadium, but Burnell says they won’t stop there in their bid to secure a Premiership place.

“You have got to win both legs,” he said.

While Burnell is set to rotate his team again, he bristled when asked if they had changed preparation for the first leg against Bristol.

“No,” he replied. “Because we are a one-dimensional team, as everybody keeps telling us.

“We can only play one way, so no.

“It’s pretty straight-forward. We have only got a plan A.”

New Williams F1 finance chief believes team well set for new season

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Thursday 26th February 2015

WILLIAMS’ new chief financial officer believes the Formula One team will be as competitive this year as it was in 2014.

LONDON WELSH: Carl Kirwan desperate for Exiles to avoid 'worst-ever' tag

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 26th February 2015

FLANKER Carl Kirwan says London Welsh are desperate to avoid becoming statistically the worst team in Aviva Premiership history.

ATHLETICS: Megan Humphreys produces superb display in English Cross Country Championships

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Thursday 26th February 2015

OXFORD City star Megan Humphreys produced one of the best performances of her fledgling career to finish tenth in the English Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill in London.

MOTORSPORT: Bradley Smith ends Sepang testing on a high note

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 26th February 2015

BRADLEY Smith signed off pre-season testing with an encouraging sixth fastest time at Sepang yesterday.

CRICKET: Horspath snap up paceman Adam Price and big-hitter Adam Mould

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 26th February 2015

Horspath have signed Oxford left-arm paceman Adam Price and destructive Bledlow batsman Adam Mould ahead of their first season in the top flight of the Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League.

BOWLS: South Oxford stalwart Hilda Waller chalks up a splendid century

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 26th February 2015

Former South Oxford president and captain Hilda Waller enjoyed many a success on the green – but she has just chalked up her greatest triumph by celebrating her 100th birthday.

CRICKET: Paul Humphreys among new Oxfordshire Cricket Board directors

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Thursday 26th February 2015

Aston Rowant chairman Paul Humphreys is among three new directors co-opted on to the Oxfordshire Cricket Board.

BOWLS: Oxfordshire claim place in last four

Oxford Mail: image of bowls close up of bowling woods and jack for sport

8:00am Thursday 26th February 2015

Oxfordshire's Premier team swept aside Wiltshire 27-13 in the English Short Mat Bowling Association’s Inter County Competition Plate quarter-final at Guildford.

ICE HOCKEY: Oxford City Stars record crucial win in battle to avoid the drop

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Thursday 26th February 2015

OXFORD City Stars secured a tense 5-4 victory at Solent Devils to boost their battle against the drop in South Division 1.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Oxford Saints eye new talent

6:30am Thursday 26th February 2015

OXFORD Saints are looking for new players ahead of the coming season.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree