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

7:00am Wednesday 4th June 2014

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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.”

Former Monaco youth player on trial at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

3:42pm Thursday 30th July 2015

OXFORD United have handed a trial to ex-AS Monaco Under 21 player Gaetan Lenoir.

Callum O'Dowda prepared to wait for starts in stronger Oxford United side

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

CALLUM O’Dowda says Oxford United’s stronger squad means he is prepared for his playing opportunities to be harder to come by than last season.

BOWLS: Triumphant Oxfordshire Under 25s see title tilt dashed

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8:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

Oxfordshire Under 25s' hopes of staying in contention for the Junior Home Counties League title were dashed despite recording a 70¼-49 win over Bucks at Iver Heath.

BOWLS: Bicester bite the dust to suffer relegation

Oxford Mail: image of bowls close up of bowling woods and jack for sport

8:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

Bicester were relegated from Division 1 of the Oxfordshire League, sponsored by Bridle Insurance, following a 4-2 defeat at Oxford City & County A.

BOWLS: Caroline Campion cruises in to wreck Katherine Hawes's bid for 14th crown

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

Caroline Campion scuppered Katherine Hawes’s bid for a record-breaking 14th Oxfordshire ladies’ singles title with a scintillating display.

FOOTBALL: Mukendi nets winner for Oxford City at Banbury United

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

TRIALLIST Vinny Mukendi scored the only goal as Oxford City won 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at Banbury United.

FOOTBALL: Injury sees McEachran ruled out of Oxford United tie

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

JOSH McEachran will miss the first three months of the season after breaking three bones in his foot.

RUGBY UNION: Shoulder injury forces Witney’s Jez Hicks to call it a day

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 30th July 2015

FORMER Witney captain Jez Hicks admits he will miss playing for his hometown club, but says it is the right time to hang up his boots.

ATHLETICS: Radley ace Paula Owen hurdles to double gold at British Masters Championships

Oxford Mail:

6:20am Thursday 30th July 2015

PAULA Owen’s preparations for next week’s World Masters Championships could not have gone any better after she became a double British champion at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

BAR BILLIARDS: Mark Trafford shines in Oxford triumph

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6:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

MARK Trafford starred as Oxford A lifted the Johnsons Buildbase Oxford and District Supplementary Shield with a 5-0 win over Eynsham, writes PETE EWINS.

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