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Oxford University U21 17 Welsh Academicals 49

Littermore RFC, Oxford. Saturday 18th October 2014.

 

The match was played at Littermore RFC home of Oxfords Academy

 

The Accies took on Oxford for the second time in two years playing the Greyhounds on the first occasion and now their under 21 team.

 

The match started with early pressure by the Accies pinning Oxford inside their 22 metres for some 10 mins before Oxford conceded a penalty try which Jacob Unwin (14) converted.

Oxford had adopted the Accies style of play with no kicking out of hand. This led to a 60 yard break by the Oxford right wing taking him up to the Accies line only to be held up. The Accies gained possession and responded with a similar break up field, which saw the final pass before the line going forward.

 

The initial 20 minutes was all pressure by the Accies with some 80% territory but only 60% possession. Further pressure by the Accies led to a scrum close to Oxfords line and a drive forward to release the ball to centre Will Van Klaueren to score a try converted by Unwin.

Oxford responded immediately running the ball taking them to the Accies 22meter line before an interception relieved the pressure. Both sides showed good running and handling skills the match flowing from up end to the other.

Oxford contained the Accies with good defence and probed up field to the halfway line. A quick penalty by Oxford saw the ball passing through the backs hands leading to a fine try near the posts. Try went unconverted.

Just before half time the Accies secured turnover ball in their 22 mtrs and a break led Ryan Brett Williams (7) scoring a fine try from 80 mtrs out. Try converted by Unwin.

 

HALF TIME SCORE   OXFORD 5   ACCIES 21.

 

Both sides continued to play open running rugby. The Accies pushed forward and from a scrum 15mtrs from Oxford’s line Jose Kabila (8) picked up to recycle the ball through three pair of hands before Sam Pincott (21) crossed the line Unwin converted

Within minutes Rory Hammond (11) set off on a blistering 70 mtr run sidestepping four players to score under the posts, again Unwin converted.

The match continued to low from one to another until as a result of a no kicking policy, each side taking advantage of each others handling errors to gain ground. The Accies after a line out and through excellent inter-passing produced their 7th try of the match. Unwin s 100% goal kicking secured another conversion

Oxford shown determination throughout and responded immediately from the kick out by scoring a fine try in the corner. This was followed up by sustained pressure by Oxford who were rewarded with another try late on.

 

FINAL SCORE  OXFORD 17 ACCIES 49

 

Oxford named Rory Hammond as their man of the match. Congratulations Rory.

 

The Welsh Academicals wish to thank Oxford for their hospitality and wish them every success in the coming season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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