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.”

ATHLETICS: Mixed fortunes for Oxfordshire's leading trio

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 6th July 2015

OXFORD City’s Nathan Douglas secured his place in the World Athletics Championships in Beijing later this year with a fine display in the Sainsbury’s British Championships, writes STUART WEIR.

CRICKET: Spinners to the fore as Oxfordshire hit back to take upper hand

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Monday 6th July 2015

OXFORDSHIRE fought back well as spinners Will Beer and Luke Ryan gave them the upper hand in their Unicorns Counties Championship clash with Wales at Great & Little Tew.

CRICKET: Aston Rowant drop to bottom of the table

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

7:00am Monday 6th July 2015

Aston Rowant slumped to the foot of the Division 2 table after they were forced to settle for a draw at home to Gerrards Cross on Saturday.

CRICKET: Matt Woods and Andy Harris on song as leaders Tew master Shipton

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 6th July 2015

Great & Little Tew’s bowlers tore through Shipton-under-Wychwood’s top order as they recorded a five-wicket win at home in Saturday’s Division 2 derby encounter.

CRICKET: Will Rooney is start turn as Oxford cling on

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

7:00am Monday 6th July 2015

Will Rooney proved the star, but Oxford’s season shows no sign of improving after they were on the wrong end of a draw at home to Burnham in Division 1 on Saturday.

CRICKET: Adam Price is just right in Horspath victory

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 6th July 2015

Adam Price picked up a fivewicket haul after Robbie Eason carried his bat for an unbeaten 81 as Horspath posted a crushing 140-run victory at Tring Park in Division 1.

TENNIS: Alexis Canter falls to straight sets loss at Wimbledon

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 6th July 2015

Oxfordshire's Alexis Canter performed well on his Wimbledon debut, but admitted to mixed emotions after losing in straight sets to Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki on Saturday.

WEEKEND RESULTS: July 4-5

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

6:20am Monday 6th July 2015

 

Oxford United chief Darryl Eales: I wish we had got in sooner

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 4th July 2015

Darryl Eales says the only big regret of his first year in charge at Oxford United was the takeover was not completed sooner.

HORSE RACING: Victoria Pendleton debut delights trainer Lawney Hill

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Saturday 4th July 2015

LAWNEY Hill was delighted with Victoria Pendleton’s debut as a jockey at Newbury on Thursday night, writes MARK EDWARDS.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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