A mixed day for the Men’s Blues



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As the World University Invitation Tournament entered it’s second match day, the Men’s Blues had a mixed bag result wise but still qualified for the semi-finals where they will face the University of Cape Town on Sunday 22nd September at 1400. In the morning fixture against the Federal Siberian University the Blues made hard work of seeing off a physical and determined team by just 8 points to nil, a try from centre Henry Hackett and penalty from fly-half Ollie Quinn. In the afternoon, the much anticipated fixture with Sydney University saw the intensity go a up a couple of notches as both teams looked to secure top spot in the pool to avoid the South Africans. It was Oxford who had the better of the first half but they turned around only 2 points ahead with a try from fly-half Tom Humberstone with a penalty from Sydney in reply. The Blues extended their lead early in the second period with a penalty from Humberstone to stretch the lead to 5 points but with the clock ticking down, Sydney finally found a way to breach the Oxford defence to score a converted try to snatch victory at the death. Perhaps they will meet again in the final to be played on Monday.


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