RUGBY UNION: Corker out to put the bubbly on ice

9:30am Saturday 17th May 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

Club captain Matt Corker is desperate for more play-off glory as London Welsh prepare to face Leeds Carnegie tomorrow (12.45).

The 31-year-old lock was part of the Welsh team that beat Cornish Pirates in the 2012 final at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium.

And as the Exiles host Leeds there tomorrow seeking to overturn a seven-point deficit in the Greene King IPA Championship semi-final, Corker would love to set up a repeat chance.

“I know what a fantastic experience it is to win this competition,” he said.

“We have this conversation as a unit about being in a position to be in a final and win silverware.

“There’s people playing at a very high level who don’t have those opportunities. We are just all really keen to keep pushing on.”

Corker missed almost five months of Welsh’s season due to a heart problem, but has started their last five matches.

Having battled back to fitness, he now has an extra spring in his step.

“It makes me equally hungry for success, but the nice thing is that I’m very fresh,” said Corker. “At this time of the season, you might often have 20 games under your belt and be feeling a bit worse for wear.

“I feel the best I have felt at this stage of the season and I am raring to go. I am just really hungry for the victory.”

Corker’s attitude reflects a squad who are a willing to fight together.

“We are very tight as a group,” he said. “We have a great team spirit.

“It is in these situations where you know you have to dig in and come out fighting. We would never expect anything less from ourselves.

“That makes the semi-final so exciting, there is everything to play for.

“We have got a bit of work to do – we have a seven-point deficit. But we will come out and play. We need to attack.”

Corker’s comeback has coincided with the addition of Bath loanee Will Spencer into Welsh’s second row.

“He adds a great amount of firepower to our attack and defence,” he added.

Our top stories:

Hospice ban for Sister Frances

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 6th July 2015

SISTER Frances Dominica has yet to rule out returning to the hospices she founded despite being asked to leave following historical sexual abuse allegations, her lawyer has said.

Porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital vote for strike action

Oxford Mail: John Radcliffe Hospital stock

7:39pm Monday 6th July 2015

HOSPITAL porters have voted in favour of strike action in a row over pay and conditions.

Man from Oxford wanted by police for recall to prison

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

5:44pm Monday 6th July 2015

AN OXFORD man is wanted by police on suspicion of breaching the terms of his release.

Third A400M Atlas aircraft arrives at RAF Brize Norton

Oxford Mail:

4:19pm Monday 6th July 2015

A THIRD A400M Atlas aircraft landed at RAF Brize Norton last night after being delivered from an assembly plant in Seville, Spain.

Julia Knight appears in court over alleged attempted murder at Horton General Hospital

Oxford Mail:

3:49pm Monday 6th July 2015

A WOMAN accused of trying to murder an elderly hospital patient has been granted bail until she stands trial in October.

Services back to normal between Oxford and London Paddington

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

3:04pm Monday 6th July 2015

RAIL services have returned to normal between Oxford and London Paddington.

Passenger hurt after bus crashes into scaffolding

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

1:35pm Monday 6th July 2015

MOTORISTS are facing delays after a bus crashed into a scaffolding in Thame this afternoon.

Two cars crash near Harwell Innovation Centre on A4185

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

9:12am Monday 6th July 2015

Traffic was at a standstill after two vehicles collided on the A4185 near Harwell this morning.

Fire on 14th floor of Wood Farm block of flats

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

8:09am Monday 6th July 2015

FIREFIGHTERS tackle a blaze at a flat in Wood Farm last night.

Revellers in superb festival spirit for Cowley Road Carnival

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 6th July 2015

THOUSANDS of revellers poured into East Oxford yesterday to enjoy music, food and dance at the annual Cowley Road Carnival.

UPDATED: Missing woman, 83, is reunited with her family

Oxford Mail:

12:09am Sunday 5th July 2015

A WOMAN who went missing from her home yesterday has been found and reunited with her family.

Sister Frances Dominica told not to return to Helen and Douglas House after investigation

Oxford Mail: Hospice founder Sister Frances with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the opening of Douglas House in 2004

8:55am Saturday 4th July 2015

HELEN and Douglas House founder Sister Frances Dominica has been told not to return to the hospices following allegations of historic sexual abuse, it was confirmed today.

New Oxford station could be delayed due to Network Rail’s failings

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 4th July 2015

THERE are fears the £75m overhaul of Oxford Railway station may not take place for almost a decade.

Two men have died after a microlight crash in Enstone

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:31am Saturday 4th July 2015

TWO men died last night after the microlight they were flying in crashed at Enstone airfield.

Back

© Copyright 2001-2015 Newsquest Media Group

Oxford Mail: site_logo http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk

Click 2 Find Business Directory http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/trade_directory/