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.”

RUGBY: Henley Hawks secure promotion in fine style with a dozen tries against Shelford

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Tuesday 31st March 2015

HENLEY Hawks were crowned National League 2 South champions in fine style, after a commanding 66-17 victory over struggling Shelford.

GOLF: New captains breeze into office

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

WET and windy weather did not dampen spirits as captains drove into office at three clubs.

RUGBY UNION: Bicester lose to basement boys Milton Keynes

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

BICESTER were unable to build upon their recent good form as they were beaten 24-17 by relegated Milton Keynes in Southern Counties North.

HOCKEY: Hawks end campaign with convincing win

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

OXFORD Hawks ended their South League Premier campaign on a high note with a convincing 4-1 win away to fourth-placed Old Cranleighans.

DARTS: Oxon's title hopes dented by rock bottom Somerset

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

JON Jukes starred as the men’s A team won, but it was not enough for Oxfordshire as they lost 19-17 away to Somerset.

RUGBY: Witney's impressive run continues after big win over Windsor

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

6:50am Tuesday 31st March 2015

DAVID Hyde and James Lamb scored two tries each as Witney made it 11 wins in a row in South West 1 East, with a 53-10 victory over Windsor.

RUGBY: Outclassed Oxford Harlequins relegated as Exmouth storm to victory

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Tuesday 31st March 2015

OXFORD Harlequins suffered relegation from National League 3 South West, after they were beaten 66-8 by promotion-chasing Exmouth.

RUGBY: Ben Bodinham’s the man for Gosford All Blacks in victory over Phoenix

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

6:30am Tuesday 31st March 2015

BEN Bodinham helped himself to four tries as Gosford All Blacks thumped Phoenix 46-12 to end their BB&O Premier Division campaign on a high note.

DARTS: Corner House hit back to lift crown

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 31st March 2015

CORNER HOUSE came from behind to beat Chequers Inn A 6-3 and claim the Section 2 title in the Greene King Oxford & District League.

RUGBY: Banbury Bulls secure third despite Pinley loss

Oxford Mail:

6:20am Tuesday 31st March 2015

BANBURY Bulls secured third place in Midlands 2 West South, despite falling to a 10-3 defeat at the hands of Pinley.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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