Following the successful trip to Zagreb and victory over the Croatian national team, the Men’s Blues were brought back down to earth on Tuesday night when the British Police, on their first visit to Iffley Road, proved worthy winners by 27 points to 19. With a number of players being rested the opportunity was there for others to put their hands up for selection and make Captain Fergus Taylor and Coach James Wade take note. The home side started strongly but were not able tom convert territory and possession into points, once the momentum swung in favour of the Police, they made the most of their opportunities to post three converted tries to run out to a 21 points to nil lead, before on the stroke of half-time centre Tom Stileman replied with a fine individual effort which fly-half Basil Strang converted from the touchline. HT 7 – 21
With some harsh words still ringing in their ears, the Blues came out for the second half in more determined mood and narrowed the gap to just two points with tries from No 8 Graeme MacGilchrist and replacement hooker Noah Miller, with Strang adding one conversion. However, the last 5 minutes saw the Police close out the game with two well struck penalties from their replacement fly-half to make the score at full-time 27 points to 19 in their favour.
On Tuesday 8th November the Blues welcome Gloucester Rugby to Iffley Road for the first time since November 2003 for another tough fixture, kick-off is at 7.15pm.
Team Hugo Lu, William Thornton, Joseph Morris, Jonathan Marsden, Andrew Grant, James Beaufils, George Blomfield, Graeme MacGilchrist, Dylan McGagh, Basil Strang, Ed David, Alex Hogg, Tom Stileman, Daniel Barley, Matt Geiger
Subs Noah Miller (on for William Thornton), Paul Childs (on for Joseph Morris), Hugo McPherson (on for Andrew Grant), John Aaron Henry (on for Graeme MacGilchrist), Jacob Goss (on for George Blomfield), Sebastian Haddock (on for Dylan McGagh), Tom Dyer (on for Basil Strang), Joe Miller (on for Matt Geiger), Christian Goldsmith
ScoresT: Noah Miller (1), Tom Stileman (1), Graeme MacGilchrist (1) C: Basil Strang (2)