RUGBY UNION: Smith keen to make case for the defence

Assistant coach Ollie Smith wants to see London Welsh keep things tight in defence against Bristol

Assistant coach Ollie Smith wants to see London Welsh keep things tight in defence against Bristol

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London Welsh assistant coach Ollie Smith is hoping to avoid a repeat of the semi-final drama when his side face Bristol in the Greene King IPA Championship final, first leg tomorrow.

Welsh pipped Leeds 60-58 on aggregate after a pulsating 29-20 victory at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium on May 18.

That provided great entertainment for the crowd, but was not good viewing for defence coach Smith.

And he doesn’t want to witness a similar show back at the Kassam tomorrow (7.45).

“If it was like that every game, I would get the sack,” he said.

“Leeds are a good team. We have talked through some of the mistakes we made in both legs.

“From my point of view, it was far from ideal.”

Smith added: “There was a great amount of excitement at the end, but we have not won anything yet.”

Having worked hard in training since, Smith is confident his players will do better.

“There is a belief we can fix things, but there is also a frustration,” he said.

“We have had a good defence for the vast majority of the season.

“We have the first leg at home and want to carry on where we left off in that last 15 minutes.”

Oxford Utd v Morecambe - updates

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6:42pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

All the news from Oxford United's Sky Bet League Two clash with Morecambe at the Kassam Stadium.

New loan signing Gnanduillet beefs up Oxford United's strikeforce

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Armand Gnanduillet is available to make his Oxford United debut against Morecambe tonight after joining on loan until the end of the season.

Michael Collins: Morecambe clash is biggest of Oxford United's season

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

MICHAEL Collins believes tonight's clash is the most important of Oxford United's season as they attempt to open the gap on the battle at the bottom with a home victory against Morecambe.

HOCKEY: Cutter's strike helps Oxford Hawks secure double over Lewes

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

OXFORD Hawks completed the double over Lewes with a 1-0 victory in their South League Premier Division 1 contest at Banbury Road North on Saturday.

RUGBY UNION: Witney survive late fright to edge a thriller against Grove

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Witney took their winning run to eight games in South West 1 East with a thrilling 25-24 victory at Grove.

RUGBY UNION: Oxford Harlequins suffer a blow in relegation fight

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Oxford Harlequins’ fight to avoid relegation from National League 3 South West was dealt a blow in a 17-10 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Old Redcliffians.

RUGBY UNION: Banbury Bulls prove no match for leaders

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A youthful Banbury Bulls side fell to a 24-3 defeat at home to unbeaten leaders Old Laurentians in Midlands 2 West South.

RUGBY UNION: James Webb delivers a four-timer in Abingdon try bonanza

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

James Webb scored four tries as Abingdon demolished second-bottom side Phoenix 69-0 in the BB&O Premier Division.

RYGBY UNION: Bicester hit back in style

Oxford Mail: Tom Miles

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Bicester produced a stunning comeback in Southern Counties North to overturn an 11-point deficit and beat Drifters 24-18.

GOLF: Pepperell tells Tour tales for Frilford Heath audience

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

EDDIE Pepperell entertained a bumper audience of 200 at a special evening at Frilford Heath, writes JACK JOHNSON.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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