10:00am Friday 16th August 2013
Kingstone Press Championship One
Oxford RL coach Tony Benson has urged his players to bounce back from the loss to Hemel Stags, and start to gain some form ahead of a potential play-off push.
Benson’s side visit the North Wales Crusaders Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham, on Sunday (2.30pm), knowing that if they avoid defeat, they will secure a top-six finish and a play-off spot.
The Crusaders, who will be looking to do the double over Oxford after winning 12-4 at Iffley Road earlier in the season, need the three points to keep automatic promotion in their own hands.
Benson, who has no fresh injury concerns, said: “The minimum we want to get out of the game is a bonus point, but obviously we want the win which will ensure us of a play-off spot.
“They are the team to beat, and are talented across the park. “We were close with them last time at our place.
Reflecting on the 30-16 defeat at Hemel two weeks ago, he added: “I think our game came on and we were much better than at Rochdale a few weeks ago.
“Defensively there were a couple of bad decisions made by a couple of individuals, but as a team we defended quite well.”
Oxford RL: from Leather, Halliwell, Morris, S Robinson, Connick, B Robinson, V Bentley, Roden, Hadden, Osborn, Hoggins, Johnson, Clough, Baird, Thompson (capt), Clarke, Calladine, Fiander, Burch, Blewitt, Crabtree, Morrison, Morris, Rowland, Briggs.
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