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1st XV - Match centre

Oxford Harlequins
Bicester
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W Westaway
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S Richardson
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Sat 4 Nov 14:30 - South West Division - South West 1 East

MATCH REPORT: Oxford Harlequins 20 - 7 Bicester

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S.W.1 EAST OXFORD HARLEQUINS 20 BICESTER 7 – PAUL CHRISP

Another strong forward effort by Bicester was insufficient to prevent their 3rd successive defeat in this hard-fought contest at Marston-Ferry Road. Though lively centre Shaun Reddish was named man of the match, the visitors’ back division failed to penetrate a very well drilled Harlequins defence, and their kicking from hand lacked both command and precision. Quins led 10-0 at half time, before Bicester reduced their arrears to 3 points with a try by no.8 Wes Westaway, 8 minutes into the 2nd period. Quins then scored 2 more tries, both of which stemmed from misdirected Bicester clearance kicks, to take the spoils.

Quins centre Huw Dimond slotted over a 30 metre penalty goal after 8 minutes, and following good play by Bicester’s Charlie Bethell, Eddie Roberts and Francois Wiese, fly-half Sam Richardson was off target with a 35 metre kick, a few moments later. A period of Quins pressure in the Bicester half followed, before Wes Westaway was sin-binned for a ruck infringement, 20 minutes from the break, and from a 5 metre scrum on the right, quins no.8 Fotu Latu stretched over for a try, which Dimond also converted.

Bicester bounced back early in the 2nd half, when Westaway carried strongly from a scrum near half-way and a penalty award was kicked into touch on the right. Then, as good clean ball was secured at the tail of the line-out, the forwards drove on towards the right of the posts, before centre Max Valevou broke from the ensuing scrum, and from another 5 metre scrum no.8 Wes Westaway burrowed across for a try, which Sam Richardson converted. Moments later, Dimond fluffed a penalty chance from close to the 22 metre line, but straightaway a misdirected clearance kick by Bicester full back Charlie Bethell, was collected by Quins no.8 Fotu Latu, who sprinted down the left flank to cross for an unconverted try, his 2nd of the afternoon.

Shortly afterwards, Harlequins’ tight head prop Cris Davis and Bicester blind side flanker Jack Horwood exchanged punches, and both were red carded by Suffolk referee George Littlechild. Finally, right at the end, as Quins forwards drove to the line, from a driven line-out on the left, excellent defence by Bicester earned them a scrum, but alas, Charlie Bethell’s clearance kick went straight to the hands of right wing Ed Yeats on the other side, and he raced in unchallenged to touch down in the corner for an unconverted try.

Result:
Buckingham 2nd XV 49-21 Bicester 2nd XV (TRIES: R. Gallacher, D. Lawther, O. Dolbear. CONVS: G. Upton 3)

Key moments

8:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Oxford Harlequins
25:00
Try Try for Oxford Harlequins
26:00
Conversion Conversion for Oxford Harlequins
48:00
Try Wesley Westaway scores for Bicester
49:00
Conversion Sam Richardson kicks a conversion for Bicester
53:00
Try Try for Oxford Harlequins
77:00
Try Try for Oxford Harlequins

Highlights

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77:00 Try 20 - 7
Try for Oxford Harlequins
55:00 Red Card
Jack Horwood is sent off for Bicester
55:00 Red Card
A player is sent off for Oxford Harlequins
53:00 Try 15 - 7
Try for Oxford Harlequins
49:00 Conversion 10 - 7
Sam Richardson kicks a conversion for Bicester
48:00 Try 10 - 5
Wesley Westaway scores for Bicester
End of period 1
26:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Conversion for Oxford Harlequins
25:00 Try 8 - 0
Try for Oxford Harlequins
20:00 Yellow Card
Wesley Westaway is yellow carded for Bicester
8:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Oxford Harlequins
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Oxford Harlequins
  • Bicester
  • 0
  • Penalty 8:00'
  • Wesley Westaway Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Try 25:00'
  • Conversion 26:00'
  • Wesley Westaway Try 48:00'
  • Sam Richardson Conversion 49:00'
  • Try 53:00'
  • Jack Horwood Red Card 55:00'
  • Red Card 55:00'
  • Try 77:00'

Team selection

Bethell, Charlie Bethell, Charlie
Tarrega, Peter Tarrega, Peter
Reddish, Shaun Reddish, Shaun
Valevou, Max Valevou, Max
Mann, Christian Mann, Christian
Richardson, Sam Richardson, Sam
Roberts, Edward Roberts, Edward
Westaway, Wesley Westaway, Wesley
Biscoe, Ryan Biscoe, Ryan
Horwood, Jack Horwood, Jack
Faulkner, Andrew Faulkner, Andrew
Wiese, Francois Wiese, Francois
Withers, George Withers, George
Anns, Will Anns, Will
Horwood, Tom Horwood, Tom

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Stratford Upon Avon 10 26
9. Oxford Harlequins 10 24
10. Wimborne 10 24
11. Swindon 10 15
12. Bicester 10 14
13. Grove 10 12
14. Marlow 10 8

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