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.”

RACING Longsdon to host stable open day

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Charlie Longsdon throws open the doors of his Chipping Norton stables to the public on Saturday morning.

AUNT SALLY: Yarnton sink Six Bells for title triumph

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Yarnton British Legion were crowned Greene King Oxford & District League Section 1 winners with a 2-1 victory at newly-crowned Premier Section champions Six Bells C Kidlington, writes ANDY BEAL.

FOOTBALL: Wantage's extra-time heartbreak

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8:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

FA CUP

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: It's Walker to the rescue

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Leanne Walker struck with a stunning effort to earn Tower Hill a point from their 1-1 home draw with Southampton in Southern Women's League.

FOOTBALL: George call to Arms

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

George staged a stunning comeback to see off Masons Arms 7-2 in Oxford City FA.

FOOTBALL: Damini’s treble proves in vain for Quarry

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

OXFORD MAIL GIRLS LEAGUE

FOOTBALL: Fast starts sets Mansfield on the road to success

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7:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Mansfield Road made it two wins from their opening two Premier Division games with a 4-1 victory at Bletchingdon in Oxfordshire Senior League.

FOOTBALL: Hanborough send champions crashing

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7:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Hanborough ensured reigning Premier Division champions West Witney’s poor start to the season continued as they handed them a 6-3 thrashing in Witney & District FA.

FOOTBALL: Murphy leads way in thriller as Berinsfield move second

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7:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Berinsfield edged a five-goal thriller 3-2 against Dorchester in the North Berks League.

FOOTBALL: Challener clinches it

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6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

GILES SPORTS WITNEY YOUTH LEAGUE

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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