Both the Men’s and Women’s Blues suffered losses at home on Wednesday, the women going down by 83 points to 5 to a very strong Hartpury College side, whilst the men putting in a highly encourage performance to lose by just 11 points 26 – 15 to a powerful Army side.
Wednesday night at Iffley Road, the Men’s Blues played their first fixture of 2018 against an Army side fresh from a comprehensive victory over Cambridge two weeks ago. As in previous years, Hilary Term presents an opportunity for younger members of OURFC to step up from the Greyhounds and prove their mettle in a Blues jersey against tough opposition and last night proved no different. Three Freshers made their starting debuts for the Blues, Henry Martin & Tobi Clarke on the wings and No 8 Ryan Jones with all three impressing the spectators and coaches alike, as they showed they are ready to make the step up.
It was the home side who got off to a bright start and were soon ahead when Henry Martin intercepted an Army pass out wide and raced away to score his first try for the Blues, unfortunately Conor Kearns could not add the conversion from out wide. The Army hit back when Martin’s opposite man, Gnr Richards was on the end of a fine handling movement to dot down near the posts, fly-half Bdr Davies added the simple conversion. Just before half-time the visitors extended their lead when Richards added a second try which Davies again converted, making the score at the interval 14 – 5 in favour of the Army.
Once again the Blues were first to score after the break, when second row Ollie Adams drove over from close range after good lead up work from his fellow forwards, this narrowed the score to just 4 points. With both sides making multiple changes in the second half, the game lost a bit, but the visitors bench had an impact and they added two quick tries from full-back LCpl Wilson and replacement wing Pte Boginisoko, Wilson converting one to take the Army out to a 26 points to 10 lead. However, it was the Blues who had the lost word, finishing strongly they added a third unconverted try by replacement lock Hugo McPherson to make the final score more reflective of the game at 26 points to 15.
The Men’s Blues travel to Portsmouth next Wednesday to take on the Royal Navy, KO 1915 at the United Services Ground, before returning to Iffley Road the following Wednesday (14th February) to host the Welsh Crawshays.
Team Kieran Ball, John Aaron Henry, Ben Parker, Ollie Adams, Charlie Pozniak, Ryan Jones, James Beaufils, Sam Miller, Tom Kershaw, Conor Kearns, Tobias Clarke, Alex Hogg, Sam Moorby, Henry Martin, Daniel Barley
Subs Joshua Navarajasegaran (on for James Beaufils), Abhijeet Oswal (on for Ben Parker), Ed Elvin (on for John Aaron Henry), Hugo McPherson (on for Charlie Pozniak), Tristan Louveaux (on for Sam Miller), Joe Kearney (on for Tom Kershaw), Tom Dyer (on for Alex Hogg), Sebastian Haddock (on for Tobias Clarke)
Scores T: Ollie Adams (1), Hugo McPherson (1), Henry Martin (1)