The Men’s Blues final match of the of 2016/17 season ultimately ended in disappointment as they were went down by 31 points to 20 to a highly competitive Trinity College Dublin team, but many lessons will have been learned by this young group of players, not only last Wednesday but indeed during the whole of Hilary Term. The Blues started strongly and were rewarded with an early try by flanker Will Thornton, converted by centre Basil Strang who also added a penalty, before Trinity replied with a penalty and converted try of their own to level the scores at the midpoint of the first half. The Blues finished the first 40 minutes in fine fashion as Strang added a second penalty before No 8 Will Wilson scored a fine individual try, which Strang duly converted to make the score at the interval 20 points to 10 in Oxford’s favour.
Unfortunately the Blues were unable to add any further scores in the second half, as the early start to the day, an 0530 departure from Iffley Road started to take its toll and the TCD team took full advantage to post three converted tries of their own in the second period to claim the bragging rights for a further year.
Team Lewis Anderson, John Aaron Henry, Hugo Lu, Fergus Taylor, Andrew Grant, James Beaufils, William Thornton, William Wilson, Tom Kershaw, Tom Humberstone, Ed David, Basil Strang, Matt Geiger, Jack Holmes, Robbie Fraser
Subs Ben Parker (on for Hugo Lu), Hugo McPherson (on for Andrew Grant), Graeme MacGilchrist (on for James Beaufils), Ollie Adams (on for John Aaron Henry), Sebastian Haddock (on for Tom Kershaw), Angus Livingstone (on for Tom Humberstone), George Blomfield
ScoresT: William Wilson (1), William Thornton (1) C: Basil Strang (2) P: Basil Strang (2)