The Men’s Blues had their first home match of the season at Iffley Road last night, when they hosted a strong Bristol Rugby XV, in front of a large, partisan crowd. Ultimately the Premiership outfit proved too strong particularly with their highly effective catch and drive line-out routine, which yielded four of their five tries but the home support were left in a positive mood with Oxford scoring the final try in the 80th minute . Captain Fergus Taylor and Coach James Wade had several positives to take away and mull over, not least a highly committed and strong defensive performance as they now look forward to the visit of Northampton Wanderers next Monday evening.
For a full match report from Rob Cole, please click on the link below:
Team Kieran Ball, William Thornton, Joseph Morris, Fergus Taylor, Andrew Grant, Nicholas Roberts-Huntley, James Beaufils, William Wilson, Henry de Berker, Basil Strang, Tom Stileman, Alex Hogg, Henry Hughes, Ed David, Matt Geiger
Subs Noah Miller (on for William Thornton), Hugo Lu (on for Joseph Morris), Jonathan Marsden (on for Andrew Grant), Graeme MacGilchrist (on for William Wilson), Ollie Adams (on for James Beaufils), Dylan McGagh (on for Henry de Berker), Scott Fernquest (on for Ed David), Paul Childs
Scores T: Fergus Taylor (1) C: Basil Strang (1)