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Silverbacks VS Oxford RFC

Oxford’s first game of the New Year would see them playing away to historical rivals Faringdon with both teams well aware of what they were competing for in a top of the table clash…

Heavy rain and strong winds set the conditions with both teams going toe-to-toe in what would turn out to be a gruelling 80 minute dogfight. In typical Forward style fashion Will Boyes, aided by pack leader Ian Watkins, truck and trailered their way over Faringdon’s try line: 0 - 5 Oxford. Oxford were dominant in their defence but their discipline lacked in crucial parts of the pitch leading to a converted penalty from the Faringdon fly-half Nick Woodland: 3 - 5 Oxford.

In the second half Ian W bought Oxford some breathing space by securing the second try of the match in what was essentially a carbon copy of Oxford’s earlier score: 3 - 10 Oxford. In the fraught conditions Faringdon fought back earning a deserved try and closing the margin to 2 points: 8 - 10 Oxford.

Tensions ran high and beyond the borders of the pitch with a junior Faringdon spectator (and future prospect?) wanting in on the action - only to be firmly put in his place by Oxford no.6 Evan Jones… Oxford saw the remaining minutes out with the final whistle blowing at 8 - 10 and their lead at top of the table extended from 1 point to 4.

🖋 Quill’O’pen

•0-5 Oxford – 33 mins

•3-5 Oxford – 38 mins

•3-10 Oxford – 55 mins

•8-10 Oxford – 65 mins