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.”

Michael Appleton thrilled for Oxford United to finally get the better of goalkeeper Trevor Carson

Oxford Mail:

3:42pm Sunday 29th November 2015

MICHAEL Appleton was delighted to see his Oxford United side come out on top against Trevor Carson after the goalkeeper thwarted them three times last season.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's win at Hartlepool United

Oxford Mail:

12:12pm Sunday 29th November 2015

WATCH the main moments as Oxford United went top of Sky Bet League Two thanks to a 1-0 win at Hartlepool United.

Hartlepool Utd 0, Oxford Utd 1 (Hylton 70)

Oxford Mail:

7:00pm Saturday 28th November 2015

DANNY Hylton came off the bench to net a winner which sent Oxford United top of Sky Bet League Two.

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

Oxford Mail:

5:41pm Saturday 28th November 2015

Updates - Hartlepool Utd v Oxford Utd

Oxford Mail:

1:54pm Saturday 28th November 2015

All the news from Oxford United's trip to Hartlepool United in Sky Bet League Two.

RUGBY UNION: Oxford University captain George Messum not eligible for Varsity Match

Oxford Mail:

1:15pm Saturday 28th November 2015

OXFORD University have been dealt a major blow in their quest for a historic sixth successive Varsity Match victory after it was revealed captain George Messum is ineligible to play.

Joe Skarz wants Oxford United to round off successful month with victory at Hartlepool

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 28th November 2015

Joe Skarz is gunning for Oxford United to finish the job on what they see as the most challenging block of fixtures in the season with a win at Hartlepool United this afternoon.

MOTORSPORT: Emotional Romain Grosjean set for last race with Lotus team

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 28th November 2015

Romain Grosjean says it will be hard to leave Lotus as he prepares for his last race with the Enstone-based team tomorrow.

MOTORSPORT: Oxford's Matt Chapman in switch to Ginetta GT5 for 2016

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 28th November 2015

Tenager Matt Chapman will step up to the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge next year.

ANGLING: Tony Hobbs leads Drennan's clean sweep in Oxford Winter League practice match.

Oxford Mail: Bingley Angling Club member Phill Andrews' 5lb 12oz chub from the River Wharfe

7:20am Saturday 28th November 2015

There was a clean sweep for Drennan Oxford in the practice match for the next round of the Oxford Winter League which was fished by 24 anglers on a very cold Kennet and Avon Canal at Avington.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.


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