The Blues secured their second win of the season against Ealing Tralifinders on Tuesday night, based around a dominant first half performance when they ran in 24 unanswered points. The pack laid the foundation with a dominant showing in all aspects of their play – the set-piece was tight and they were aggressive in the loose – and this lead to half-backs Sam Egerton and Jacob Taylor putting the Blues on the offensive for the majority of the first 40 minutes. Open-side flanker Zandy Macdonald, enjoyed his best performance in the Dark Blue jersey so far and was duly rewarded with two first half tries from close driving mauls. Fly-half Taylor also looked as though he is settling in to the Dark Blues style of play and capped a fine first half display with a good individual score. Oxford’s fourth first half try came from centre Ed Doe following a lightening quick break from scrum-half Egerton, who was once again bristling with pace and power behind his forwards. Full-back Jonathan Hudson, continuing with the place kicking duties, converted two of the four tries to see the Dark Blues comfortably ahead at the interval. As so often happens when one side are so dominant for 40 minutes, it doesn’t continue in the second 40 and so it was on this occasion! The Ealing side obviously had a rocket given to them at half-time and they came out with a different attitude and put Oxford’s defence under considerable pressure for most of the second period. However, a combination of strong individual tackling and composed organised defence kept the home side at bay, until their replacement flanker crashed over from short range for a converted try after 65 minutes. However, it was Oxford who came home the stronger and with more clinical finishing could have added more than just the one additional try from Matt Janney who had by this time moved from wing to centre, which was converted by Taylor to make the final score 31 point to 7.
The Blues squad now enjoy a well earned rest from matches, with no fixture next week – however, the their will be no respite from training as the coaches look to fine tune certain aspects of play as they enter the next phase of the 2013 Varsity Campaign with two tough fixtures against Premiership side Worcester Warriors on Sunday 3rd November and Russia on Sunday 10th November, both matches kick off at 3.00pm
Team Lewis Anderson, Nick Gardner, Ian Williams, Michael Rickner, Will Rowlands, James Harris, Alexander Macdonald, Fraser Heathcote, Samson Egerton, Jacob Taylor, Henry Lamont, Gav Turner, Edward Doe, Matt Janney, Jonathan Hudson
Subs James Wisson (on for Nick Gardner), Dean Irvine (on for Lewis Anderson), Michael Hannah (on for Ian Williams), Steven Patch (on for Michael Rickner), Graeme McGilchrist (on for Fraser Heathcote), Matthew Shorthose (on for Samson Egerton), Marcus-Alexander Neil (on for Jonathan Hudson), Sebastian Williams (on for Gav Turner)
Scores T: Alexander Macdonald (2), Matt Janney (1), Jacob Taylor (1), Edward Doe (1) C: Jonathan Hudson (2), Jacob Taylor (1)