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.”

RESULTS: December 20-21

7:50am Monday 22nd December 2014

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FOOTBALL: Kidlington lose top-slot after home defeat

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7:20am Monday 22nd December 2014

Kidlington were knocked off the top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division following a surprise 3-0 home defeat by Highworth Town on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City goalscorer Tom Winters is happy man

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7:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Goalscorer Tom Winters admitted Hyde were among the toughest opponents Oxford City have faced this season, despite their 2-0 victory, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City forced to dig for victory against gritty Hyde

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Oxford City stretched their winning run to five games with a home victory over basement boys Hyde United at Marsh Lane on Saturday, writes Matthew Bruce.

RUGBY UNION: We're not going to walk away says London Welsh coach Burnell

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

For the second time this season London Welsh found themselves on the end of an 11-try mauling, and head coach Justin Burnell conceded it was a very tricky afternoon for the Exiles.

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh crash to heaviest defeat at Saracens

Oxford Mail:

8:21pm Sunday 21st December 2014

London Welsh crashed to their heaviest defeat in an already disastrous Aviva Premiership season when they conceded 11 tries in a 78-7 loss to a star-studded Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Hartlepool?

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5:37pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Hartlepool Utd 1 (Ironside 53), Oxford Utd 1 (Hylton 65)

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5:00pm Saturday 20th December 2014

DANNY Hylton ended his barren run in front of goal as Oxford United came from behind to earn a point against Hartlepool United.

Updates - Hartlepool Utd V Oxford Utd

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1:57pm Saturday 20th December 2014

All the news from Oxford United's Sky Bet League Two clash at Hartlepool United.

Oxford United look to spoil Hartlepool's party

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

Andy Whing says Oxford United should expect to beat Hartlepool United this afternoon despite the Football League’s bottom club appointing a new manager this week.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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