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.”
6:10am Saturday 31st January 2015
HOLTON B made it three wins out of three to reach the quarter-finals of the Oxford & District League’s Aubrey Hughes Handicap Shield, by the narrowest of margins.
7:40pm Friday 30th January 2015
OXFORD University’s highly-rated welterweight Harley Mace tops the bill for this year’s Town v Gown show at the Oxford Union on Wednesday.
6:59pm Friday 30th January 2015
FIONA Bunn recorded a fourth successive win at the Vale of White Horse Schools’ Cross Country Championships by retaining her under 17 girls’ title at Radley College.
2:00pm Friday 30th January 2015
DANNY Hylton is reluctant to make predictions about his scoring tally but acknowledged he would be disappointed if this season was not the best of his career in front of goal.
12:40pm Friday 30th January 2015
Oxford United travel to Stevenage tomorrow and here are all our stories previewing the match in an interactive graphic.
9:30am Friday 30th January 2015
RICHARD Brindley is raring to make his Oxford United debut at Stevenage tomorrow after joining on loan yesterday.
9:10am Friday 30th January 2015
AS hard as Oxford United have worked to avoid doing business on transfer deadline day, head coach Michael Appleton is preparing to be involved in Monday night’s rush.
9:00am Friday 30th January 2015
JAMES Roberts is aiming to reach double figures for goals before the end of his first season as a professional.
8:40am Friday 30th January 2015
JOHN Campbell’s career at Oxford United rests on whether Jarrow Roofing are willing to agree a delay over receiving a fee for the striker.
8:20am Friday 30th January 2015
STEVENAGE boss Graham Westley says Oxford United’s movements in the January transfer window show they “mean business”.