On Saturday morning the Men’s Blues kicked off their 2019/20 season with as match in Sagamihara,Tokyo on their Japan tour. The match was literaally a game of two halves, as the first 40 minutes saw the Blues face the professional players of the Mitsubishi Dynoboars and the second forty the amateur All Mitsubishi team. an 11am KO took many of the players back to their school days but as the temperature rose towards midday they began to appreciate the early KO time. The first half saw the Blues receive an examination they desperately needed in preparation for the WURIT as the Dynoboars, including several New Zealand born players, took the game to the somewhast rusty students. However, as so often is the case the Oxford players rose to this challenge and finished the half just 9 points adrit, at 19 points to 10. The Oxford points came from a try from Captain Ed David who showed his try scoring instincts to follow up a kick ahead from centre Louis Jackson to gather the bouncing ball and touch down near the posts for fly-half Tom Humberstone to add the conversion. Humberstone completed the Oxford scoring with a penalty, although he was off target juts before the interval with a second attempt. The scotre at the interval was 10 – 19 in favour of the hosts.
The second 40 minutes saw mutiple changes to the Blues team as coach James Wade looked to give the whole squad game time in advance of the tournament next week, but the replacements stepped and ultimately proved too strong for the All Mitsubishi players as they ran in 10 tries with none in reply, to make the final score 66 – 19.
Post-match the squad enjoyed the traditional Japanese hospitality before heading home with their host families.
Team: Euan Friend, Abhijeet Oswal, Ben Parker, Jasper Dix, Calum Haggett, Charlie Pozniak, Sam Miller, Ryan Jones, George Tresidder, Tom Humberstone, Tom Stileman, Louis Jackson, Daniel Stoller, Ed David, Daniel Barley
Subs Barnaby Vaughan (on for Euan Friend), Sam Ridgway (on for Ryan Jones), Bertie Watson (on for Sam Miller), George Messum (on for Calum Haggett), Jack Dalton (on for George Tresidder), Henry Martin (on for Ed David), Ollie Quinn (on for Tom Humberstone), Henry Hackett (on for Daniel Stoller), Peter Moore (on for Louis Jackson)
Scores T: Henry Martin (3), Peter Moore (2), Charlie Pozniak (2), Daniel Barley (2), Ed David (1), Ollie Quinn (1) C: Ollie Quinn (4), Tom Humberstone (1) P: Tom Humberstone (1)