BLUES will be thin on the ground when Oxford and Cambridge lock
horns at Twickenham on Dec 8 and it was therefore especially
satisfying for Oxford that David Kelaher, their open-side flanker and
captain, should enjoy such a fruitful comeback match after a
He was one of only three Blues in the side who ran in three tries in
the last 10 minutes to overcome Major Stanley's XV.
The home side showed glimpses of some class, with Australian
Shaun Barry having an excellent afternoon at scrum-half as he
sniped and harried his way to a deserved brace of tries.
There are facets which the Dark Blues will want to improve if they
are to defeat Cambridge. Some of their midfield defence was
woeful, and they showed intermittent naivety by throwing slow ball
down the line. A more pragmatic approach might gain more reward.
OXFORD UNIV: R Woodfine (K Shuman 19); N Booth, N Ashley, J
Kinniburgh (C Pawson 47), N Humphries (S Danielli 21); R Governey,
S Barry; A Collins, M Parker, A Reuben, A Roberts, A Russell (T Miuchi
58), N Celliers, D Kelaher (capt), M Challender.
Tries: Humphries, Barry (2), Ashley, Booth, Danielli. Conversions:
MAJOR STANLEY'S XV: P Jorgensen (Penrith RLC); P Sampson
(Wasps & England), A Currier (Ldn Welsh), J Riondet (Stade
Francais), S Enoch (Pontypridd); P Burke (Cardiff), D Dewdney
(Bristol); R Lehner (Pontypool), S Mitchell (Wasps), I Buckett (Ldn
Welsh), G Llewellyn (Maesteg, capt), C Vogel (Cardiff), M Gabey
(Bristol), A Dawling (Gloucester), P Scrivener (Wasps).
Substitutes: S Pope (London Welsh) for I Buckett (34), M Olsen
(Saracens) for Dewdney (40), L Frewer (Worcester) for A Currier
(45), J Daniel (Racing Club Paris) for G Llewellyn (49), H Graham
(Reading) for J Riondet (52), I Buckett for R Lehner (52), Llewellyn
for Scrivener (69), Currier for P Burke (73), Riondet for S Mitchell
Tries: Sampson, Dewdney, Enoch, Vogel. Conversion: Burke.
Referee: R Goodliffe (Yorkshire)