The Whippets secured a fine 1st round win in the Oxfordshire Shield over local club side Faringdon by 60 points to 5 on Sunday afternoon. Because of the heavy rain overnight and during the morning, the game was moved to the new RFU artificial pitch at Horspath Road – a taste of the future for OURFC teams!? The quality of the surface was an important factor in the Whippets being able to play an expansive style of rugby and allowed them to run in a total of ten tries, in an encouraging performance but still leaving plenty to work on. The win means the Whippets can look forward to a quarter-final tie with last year’s Shield runners-up, Wheatley, away on Saturday 10th November. However, before that they will travel to RAF Halton to play the RAF U23’s next Sunday afternoon.
Team Barney Vaughan, Hugo Lees, Michael Gorry, Malachi Rayner-Philipson, Robert Oliver, Will Aynsley, Josh Southworth, Eddie Gillow, Duncan Smith, David Wilkinson, Laurent Stephenson, Henry Hackett, George Mason , Nick Etherington, Luke Butcher
Subs Wilfred Sandwell (on for Hugo Lees), Max Bowman (on for Barney Vaughan), Charlie Allen (on for Robert Oliver), Alex Pritchard (on for Will Aynsley)
Scores T: Nick Etherington (4), Josh Southworth (2), George Mason (2), Charlie Allen (1), Malachi Rayner-Philipson (1) C: David Wilkinson (4), Luke Butcher (1)