RUGBY UNION: Robinson's banking on boost from home fans

7:00am Wednesday 4th June 2014


BRISTOL director of rugby Andy Robinson says the Memorial Stadium crowd will give them a ten-point advantage against London Welsh tonight.

Robinson hopes the home support will give his side an extra lift as they seek to turn around a 27-8 deficit.

Before the first leg, Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said the Kassam Stadium crowd would be worth seven points to his side, but Robinson has gone further.

“We feel the crowd gives us a ten-point advantage,” he said.

“We really feel they can give the side a lift.

“It’s about being able to thrive on the atmosphere that’s created.

“We’re looking for every Bristol player to stand up and enjoy the atmosphere.”

Robinson also stressed that referee Luke Pearce will need to be strong.

He said: “We felt that we got dominated at the set-piece – which was disappointing, and we’ve tried to clarify a few interpretations around London Welsh’s maul.

“The two tries they scored, we felt were illegal, and we need the referee to be strong there. But also in the dominance of the scrum.”

Oxford Utd 1 (Hoban 72), Newport County 1 (John-Lewis 43)

Oxford Mail:

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Oxford Utd v Newport County - updates

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All the news from Oxford United's clash with Newport County at the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League Two.

FOOTBALL:Martino Ventriglia's the toast for Chequers

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Oxford United defender Cameron Gayle joins Cambridge United on loan after extending contract

Oxford Mail:

12:41pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

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RACING: Injured Coneygree out of Hennessy Gold Cup

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10:59am Tuesday 24th November 2015

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George Baldock hungry for Oxford United to keep hammer down against Newport County

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 24th November 2015

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Oxford United boss has plan to punish Newport County

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9:00am Tuesday 24th November 2015

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HOCKEY: Oxford Hawks ladies let it slip after taking lead

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FOOTBALL: Didcot Town going for third victory in seven days

Oxford Mail:

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