On Friday night at Iffley Road, the Men’s Blues welcomed traditional rivals Trinity College Dublin for a much anticipated Anglo-Irish University encounter. With the Blues taking the spoils at College Park last year, Trinity travelled to Oxford with a squad looking to put a dent in the Blues morale in this penultimate match before Varsity. Indeed it was the visitors who started the stronger but they were unable to turn territory and possession into points and the home side hit back to score three tries in the first half before Trinity hit back with one of their own on the stroke of half time. The pick of the first half tries was the third Oxford score created by Man of the Match, full-back Dan Stoller and finished by leading try scorer Tom Stileman. The score at the interval was 21 points to 8 in favour of the Blues. The second half was a more attritional affair until the last 15 minutes when both sides took advantage of tiring defences to add two further tries each, the final score being a deserved 33 points to 26 win for the home team.
The Dark Blues now have just one more match before Varsity, the visit of Richmond to Iffley Road on Saturday 30th November, kick-off 2pm.
Team Euan Friend, John Aaron Henry, Ben Parker, Jasper Dix, George Warr, Ryan Jones, Sam Miller, George Messum, George Tresidder, Tom Humberstone, Tom Stileman, Louis Jackson, Nicholas Greenhalgh, Ed David, Daniel Stoller
Subs Louis Wright (on for John Aaron Henry), Barnaby Vaughan (on for Ben Parker), Conor Hennessy (on for Euan Friend), Calum Haggett (on for George Warr), Bertie Watson (on for Sam Miller), Jack Dalton (on for George Tresidder), Sebastian Haddock (on for Ed David), Peter Moore (on for Sebastian Haddock)
Scores T: Tom Stileman (2), Daniel Stoller (1), George Warr (1), Tom Humberstone (1) C: Tom Humberstone (4)