Last week saw just the Men’s Blues and Greyhounds in match action, whilst the Women’s Blues, Panthers & the Whippets continued their training and preparation for their forthcoming Varsity Matches.
On Wednesday night, the Men’s Blues welcomed back old friends, Penguin International RFC to Iffley Road and thankfully the rain ceased two hours before KO meaning the match could go ahead. The Blues once again showed what a formidable pack of forwards they have this season, who laid the platform for a worthy 57 points to nil victory over the invitational side.
On Saturday afternoon the Greyhounds travelled to Wales for the second week running, where they faced the Welsh Academicals at Mountain Ash RFC in the their final outing before their Varsity Match. Matches between the Greyhounds and ‘Accies’ are always keenly contested affairs and this one was no different and finished in a 24 points all draw.
As we hit 8th week, we are in for a very busy week of OURFC rugby.
On Tuesday evening, the Women’s Blue make the short trip down the A34 for a contested training session with Newbury RFC, as part of their ongoing Varsity preparations. Then on Wednesday night at Iffley Road, the Men’s Blues play their penultimate match prior to the 2nd April, when they host Coventry RFC, KO 1930 with the gates and Pavilion bar open from 1800. On late Friday afternoon, the Whippets who sadly don’t have a Varsity Match this season, head to the home of Oxford Harlequins to face an Oxford Brookes XV in the ‘Oxford Derby’, KO 1600.
Then on Saturday, the Greyhounds, Panthers & Pumas welcome their respective Cambridge counterparts for the 2nd & 3rd XV Varsity Matches. The order of events is:
1230 Pumas v Jaguars @ Oriel College Ground
1230 Greyhounds v LX Club @ Iffley Road
1500 Panthers v Tigers @ Iffley Road
The Pavilion Bar will be open all day, opening at 1100 and in-between the live action both Six Nations Matches will be available to watch on the large TV screen, Italy v Scotland @ 1415, followed by England v Ireland @ 1645.
We would love to welcome back all former Greyhounds, Panthers and Pumas to Oxford next Saturday to get behind the current teams and show them your Dark Blue support.
Because of the recent weather, there is now very limited parking available at the ground as it is all on grass/mud, so we strongly suggest you make alternative arrangements to park elsewhere on the day. Thornhill Park & Ride is a very good option, with a short walk from St Clement’s to the ground plus pay & display car parks behind Tesco on the Cowley Rd and also in St Clement’s. We will obviously do our best to accommodate all blue badge holders in the ground.