A busy two days of rugby saw four OURFC teams in action over Tuesday and Wednesday this week, with mixed results – two wins and two losses. On Tuesday night the Women’s Blues travelled to Cambridge to face the Light Blues in a BUCS Premier South league match and despite a 15 nil loss, there were many positives gained to take forward into next term and the build-up to Varsity. On Wednesday afternoon, the Panthers and Men’s Development squad (Whippets) both had home first round BUCS Cup matches, against Birmingham and Coventry Universities respectively. The Panthers had suffered a heavy defeat to Birmingham earlier in the term, but this time they gave a much stronger account of themselves, losing a close fought encounter. The Whippets had a much easier time of it as they cruised into the quarter-finals in a heavily one-sided affair running in 21 tries in a 151 points to nil landside. Wing Alex Greenhalgh and scrum-half Felix Foot both bagged hat-tricks, hooker Gabe Tufail-Smith, No 8 Jamie Lloyd-Williams, flanker Joe McDermott, wing Leo Currie and centres Luke Wylie & Luca Tonelli all notched a brace, with lock Jake Elliott, replacement centre Tom Mewes and full-back Tom Barnes all crossing once. Fly-half Ben Scher was on red hot form with the boot converting 17 out of 20 kicks at goal, with flanker Raef Murphy adding one.
The final match of the day, saw the Men’s Blues welcome back traditional opponents the Crawshays Welsh RFC to Iffley Road for the first time in 18 months. After last Fridays loss to local club Rams, Captain Louis Jackson was looking for an improved performance and the players duly delivered as they secured a 22 points to 14 victory. Try scorers for the Blues were prop Tom Osborne, flanker Mungo Mason (both on debut) and wing Hector Skipworth,, with fly-half David Wilkinson adding two conversions and one penalty.
The Oxford Blue Player of the Match was Tom Osborne (Trinity)
Next Wednesday sees Michaelmas term rugby come to a conclusion with the traditional Major Stanley’s Match Day, women’s KO 1130 and men’s 1545.