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RUGBY UNION: Robinson's banking on boost from home fans

Oxford Mail: Andy Robinson Andy Robinson

GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

BRISTOL director of rugby Andy Robinson says the Memorial Stadium crowd will give them a ten-point advantage against London Welsh tonight.

Robinson hopes the home support will give his side an extra lift as they seek to turn around a 27-8 deficit.

Before the first leg, Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said the Kassam Stadium crowd would be worth seven points to his side, but Robinson has gone further.

“We feel the crowd gives us a ten-point advantage,” he said.

“We really feel they can give the side a lift.

“It’s about being able to thrive on the atmosphere that’s created.

“We’re looking for every Bristol player to stand up and enjoy the atmosphere.”

Robinson also stressed that referee Luke Pearce will need to be strong.

He said: “We felt that we got dominated at the set-piece – which was disappointing, and we’ve tried to clarify a few interpretations around London Welsh’s maul.

“The two tries they scored, we felt were illegal, and we need the referee to be strong there. But also in the dominance of the scrum.”

Oxford United striker Kitson calls time on career

Oxford Mail: Dave Kitson salutes the fans after Oxford United’s welcome 2-0 win at Plymouth on Saturday when he scored

8:50am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

DAVE Kitson has called time on his career after agreeing to leave Oxford United by mutual consent.

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Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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Oxford Mail:

8:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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FOOTBALL: Concannon upbeat about Didcot after U's clash

Oxford Mail: Didcot Town's joint boss Ian Concannon

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Didcot Town joint manager Ian Concannon praised his players after they were beaten 1-0 at home by Oxford United in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Millers swoop to capture Bird in revamped line-up

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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DARTS: Peachcroft stun Premier leaders

Oxford Mail: Preben Krabben

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GOLF: Dines lifts Frilford championship on way to USA

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

JAKE Dines came through a five-hole play-off to become the new Frilford Heath club champion.

CRICKET: Skipper Ryan is Oxfordshire star with 7-78

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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GOLF: Club results

Oxford Mail: golf generic

7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

FRILFORD HEATH

TENNIS: Defeat for Oxfordshire men and ladies in openers

Oxford Mail: A tennis club is holding a tea party

7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S men’s and ladies teams both tasted defeat on the first day of of the Aegon Summer County Cup The men, bidding for a hat-trick of promotions, were edged out 5-4 by Sussex in Group 5 at West Worthing.

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