A record margin of defeat over the Cambridge Colleges XV by 8 try’s to 1, and a rare day at Grange Road with a match featuring a hat trick of tries for Bartholomew Rose (New), a brace from Stephen Hyde (Wolfson) and try’s for John Glancy (New), Marshall MacLeod (St Catherine’s) and Jordan Ayling (Magdalen) who also slotted over a conversion. Starting Fly Half, Math Williams (Balliol) contributed two penalties & three conversions, constituted a magical, memorable occasion.
Behind the scrum, Bartholomew Rose (New), was a constant threat with ball in hand, Math Williams (Balliol) varied the play deftly from stand-off and created two tries with sublime bits of distribution, for much of the match John Glancy (New) put in an almost faultless performance while the center partnership of Stephen Hyde (Wolfson) and Oakley Cox (Keble) & Captain looked assured, well-balanced and a constant threat in attack and solid in defence.
The Oxford backs playing to their patterns and heads up rugby were a threat throughout. David Peberdy (Keble) bullied the Oxford forwards from which he benefited from quality ball at the set piece and break down. Jared Bentsi-Enchill (Oriel) did not make the score sheet, however his support play was tireless.
Up front, second rows Charlie Allen (St Edmund Hall) and Justin Hubbard (Hertford) both carried superbly even in the heaviest traffic, the front five dominated the breakdown, the line-out functioned slickly, and in the close-quarter forward exchanges Seb Siersted (St Edmund Hall), Aaron Henry (Somerville) and Marshall MacLeod (St Catherine’s) laboured manfully to stop the Cambridge back row establishing a foothold.
Oxford promised to play a wide game with pace and verve, and did so. Their accuracy and precision was exceptional and when Cambridge threatened to come back they dug in with the sort of cussedness and diligence which the Oxford coach’s relished.
Even the scrum, where Oxford would happily have taken parity before the game started, turned out to be a source of valuable quality ball, shoving the Tab pack many meters throughout the match. The front row of, Peter Doane (Magdalen), Giulio Schinaia (Balliol) and Paul Childs (Keble) Vice & Captain were outstanding.
With points on the board and dominance in all quarters of the field, Oxford gave the whole replacements bench a run, this did not diminish how Oxford would play in-fact the rolling maul also became a potent weapon along with off-loading from fresh legs ripped Cambridge apart.
Tries – Bartholomew Rose (3), Stephen Hyde (2), Jack Glancy (1), Jordan Ayling (1), Marshall MacLeod (1)
Penalties – Math Williams (2)
Conversions – Math Williams (3), Jordan Ayling (1)
1. Peter Doane (Magdalen)
2. Giulio Schinaia (Balliol)
3. Paul Childs (Keble) Vice Captain
4. Charlie Allen (St Edmund Hall)
5. Justin Hubbard (Hertford)
6. Marshall MacLeod (St Catherine’s)
7. Seb Siersted (St Edmund Hall)
8. Aaron Henry (Somerville)
9. David Peberdy (Keble)
10. Math Williams (Balliol)
11. Bartholomew Rose (New)
12. Stephen Hyde (Wolfson)
13. Oakley Cox (Keble) Captain
14. Jared Bentsi-Enchill (Oriel)
15. John Glancy (New)
16. Egor Lyasko (New)
17. Stephan Jensen (Lincoln)
18. Nino Freuler (New)
19. Liam Peck (St Johns)
20. Callum Morganti (St Johns
21. Cameron Montgomery (Brasenose)
22. Jordan Ayling (Magdalen)
23. Louie Davis (Hertford)
Travelling Reserve: George Badger (Balliol)
Coaches: Mike Williams, Joe Winpenny
Physio: Sara McKay