The OURFC men’s team travelled to Portsmouth on Wednesday night for their penultimate fixture of the 2015/16 15-a-side season with a youthful, inexperienced side to take on the Royal Navy who were unbeaten so far in 2016. The 34 points to 5 final score line was not a true reflection of how competitive the fixture actually was, as the young Oxford players showed not only spirit and commitment but no lack of skill. Captain Fergus Taylor and Coach James Wade were quietly pleased with what they saw from these young guns, who have gained valuable experience, not least of which in advance of the Under 20 Varsity Match to be played on Saturday 5th March at Iffley Road.
The Oxford team comprised just six Blues and eight/nine players who are in contention for the Under 20 Varsity Match, so it was not surprising that the Navy side was far more experienced and made that tell in the final 5 minutes when they scored 12 points. In the forwards Lewis Anderson gave his usual rock like performance at scrum time and showed silky skills in open play, lock Andrew Grant was a spiritual leader as he hit ruck after ruck and tackled like a man possessed, whilst No 8 Will Wilson again showed what a talent this 19 year old is. In the backs, Henry de Berker at scrum-half showed Taylor that he has another on-field leader developing, whist the ‘spiritual’ brothers Matt Geiger and Ed David were a constant thorn in the seaman’s defence.
Team Lewis Anderson, William Thornton, Hugo Lu, Andrew Grant, Hugo McPherson, Jonathan Marsden, Jacob Goss, William Wilson, Henry de Berker, Tom Kershaw, Tom Hammond, Ed David, Stephen Hyde, Angus Livingstone, Matt Geiger
Subs Dean Irvine, Kieran Ball, Fraser Cheetham, John Aaron Henry, Harry Sturgess, Marshall MacLeod, James Povey
Scores M Geiger (T)