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.”

Oxford Utd 0, Coventry City 0

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CRICKET: Aston Rowant's super run ended in regional fianls

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CRICKET: George Reid racks up a massive ton to bring Oxfordshire Under 17s victory

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Captain George Reid hit a magnificent century to help Oxfordshire Under 17s to a thrilling 30-run win on first innings at home to Bedfordshire in the ECB Under 17 County Championship at Radley College.

BOXING: Terry Russell eyes title defence

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8:00am Saturday 1st August 2015

Terry Russell has set his sights on regaining his Queensbury national super middleweight title when he returns to action in the UK’s Premier League.

CRICKET: Grace Guthrie and Rachael Potter star to skittle Northants for 20

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SAILING: Magdalen College School claim bronze in world team challenge

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ANGLING: Peter Oliver nets more joy on River Thames

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