Oxford remain undefeated as they secured their fourth win in a row with a hard-fought victory over the British Army at Iffley Road by 27 points to 21.
Oxford started the stronger of the two sides and were duly rewarded for this in the second minute when full-back Robbie Fraser finished off a fantastic move by scoring in the corner, making it 5-0. However, Oxford’s momentum did not last for long as the British Army hit back with a try of their own as their centre broke through a midfield tackle before outpacing the covering defence to score underneath the posts. This put the British Army 7-5 Ahead.
In what was turning out to be a very back and forth match, Oxford regain the momentum after the Army’s try and began to build the pressure. Oxford exerted a sustained amount of pressure upon the Army but were only able to take away a solitary penalty for their efforts, making the score 8-7. Rather than continuing the trend of the match so far, Oxford continued to dominate up to half-time and were rewarded with a late try by winger Ed David taking the score to 13-7 at the interval.
The second-half started in a similar manner with Oxford continuing to exert pressure upon the Army’s defence. This pressure paid off when the referee award Oxford a penalty try when the visitors repeatedly offended as the Blues drove to the line, this extending their lead to 20 points to 7. The Army refused to lay down and came back strongly scoring a try of their own through a well-constructed catch and drive to score near to the posts. Oxford hit back with another penalty try after Ed David was illegally tackled by his opposite number and then The Army showed spirit by hitting back on the stroke of full-time with another score when their forwards drove over. However, this was only a late consolation as Oxford ran out victors by 27 points to 21.
Oxford continue on their journey to Twickenham with another home match at Iffley Road next week against the Royal Naval.
Ben Parker, Joshua Navarajasegaran, Conor Hennessy, George Robson, Jasper Dix, Ryan Jones, Tristan Louveaux, Sven Kerneis, George Tresidder, Tom Humberstone, Ed David, Dom Waldouck, Daniel Barley, Tom Stileman, Robbie Fraser
Subs John Aaron Henry, Niel Naude, George Warr, Sam Ridgway, Dylan McGagh, Ben Ransom, Vincent Tang, Sebastian Haddock