On some occasions things just go your way, and this was the case at Iffley Road on a windy Friday night when the Men’s Blues overwhelmed the Pacific Islanders RFC by 102 points to nil. The Islanders invitational side arrived in Oxford in good spirits, but these were dampened as star fly-half Nicky Little got stuck in traffic and missed KO, while three other players dropped out during the afternoon, meaning multiple changes in the warm up. The problems encountered by the visitors was not the Blue’s issue and they focused on their own warm-up and came out for the start all guns blazing, scoring their first of sixteen tries within two minutes. The avalanche of tries continued throughout the 80 minutes and was certainly aided by the loss of Pio Tuwai sent off in the first half for a high tackle.
Perhaps a record score, no one present was quite sure, but Captain Dom Waldock and Head Coach James were certainly not getting carried away with the performance and know they will have sterner tests to come starting with the visit of the British Army to Iffley Road next Friday night.
Team Abhijeet Oswal, John Aaron Henry, Conor Hennessy, George Robson, Jasper Dix, Ryan Jones, Sam Miller, Sven Kerneis, George Tresidder, Tom Humberstone, Ed David, Sebastian Haddock, Daniel Barley, Tom Stileman, Robbie Fraser
Subs Joshua Navarajasegaran (on for Sam Miller), Vincent Tang (on for Abhijeet Oswal), Ben Parker (on for Conor Hennessy), George Warr (on for George Robson), Tristan Louveaux (on for Ryan Jones), Dylan McGagh (on for George Tresidder), Michael Dunn (on for Daniel Barley), Tobi Clarke (on for Ed David)
Scores T: George Warr (2), John Aaron Henry (2), Robbie Fraser (2), Tom Stileman (2), Ed David (2), Sven Kerneis (1), Daniel Barley (1), Joshua Navarajasegaran (1), Sam Miller (1), Tobi Clarke (1), Sebastian Haddock (1) C: Tom Humberstone (7), Dylan McGagh (4)