RUGBY UNION: Smith keen to make case for the defence

8:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

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.”

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Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

MICKEY Lewis backed James Roberts to come back stronger than ever after Oxford United were boosted by the news the striker’s hamstring injury was not serious.

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Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

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RUGBY UNION: Messum bags a brace as Dark Blues bash Loughborough

Oxford Mail:

12:31pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

OXFORD University hammered Loughborough University 43-0 in their penultimate Varsity Match warm-up at a very wet Iffley Road last night.

FOOTBALL: Banbury in hammering

Oxford Mail: football generic

12:29pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

BANBURY United exited the Birmingham Senior Cup after losing 6-1 at Coleshill Town.

RUGBY UNION: Weepu and Barkley on way back for London Welsh

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

LONDON Welsh could see first-choice half backs Olly Barkley and Piri Weepu return to face Northampton at the Kassam Stadium in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.

FOOTBALL: Carterton steal a march to storm clear

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8:50am Wednesday 26th November 2014

With their closest rivals in cup action, Carterton Town A increased their lead at the top of the Witney & District FA Premier Division to eight points with a 3-1 home win over bottom club Brize Norton, writes ANTHONY BARLOW.

FOOTBALL: High fives as Berinsfield add to Saxton's misery

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Wednesday 26th November 2014

North Berks League Division 1 leaders Berinsfield made short work of bottom side Saxton Rovers with a comfortable 5-0 home win, writes PHIL ANNETS.

FOOTBALL: Damini’s treble ends Tower Hill Vixens proud run

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

DAMINI Bhagat hit a hat-trick for Oxford City in the Under 12 Red League as they ended leaders Tower Hill Vixens’ perfect record with a 6-2 away win.

FOOTBALL: Old Boys edge past nine men on shoot-out

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

KIDLINGTON Old Boys won an epic Oxfordshire Charity Cup second round tie at home to West Witney following a 2-2 draw after extra time.

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