Get involved! Send photos, video, news & views. Text SWINDON NEWS to 80360 or email us
Swindon are stunned by rivals Oxford
DEPLETED Swindon saw their 100 per cent winning record in South West 1 East come to a spectacular end as they were crushed 79-7 at Oxford Harlequins on Saturday.
Missing the leadership of head coach Sean Lynn and captain Adam Westall as well as outside-centre Lloyd Thomas due to unavailability, the Greenbridge Road outfit were also handicapped by the absence of scrum-half Connal Knott and second-row George Lee, the latter of which suffered a broken foot last week.
Facing a side with four successive victories under their belt and several young Saracens players in their line-up, Swindon were put to the sword, their only breakthrough coming when Leigh Dunford crossed the whitewash and Cam Brown added the extras.
Westall was philosophical on the end result after hearing various versions of events and he insisted he was more than content with the overall start to the season despite Saturday’s setback.
“It was just one of those weekends where two or three of us had already committed to weddings or were away.
“Everyone goes through these days and from what we heard, Oxford Harlequins clicked for the first time this season,” said Westall.
“They also had three or four players that are on the books of Saracens playing for them for the first time, which I think is a tribute to our side.
“We will take stuff away from it. Certain players stood up and although others didn’t, you need this type of fixtures to move forward.
“We’re five games in now and at the start of the year I think we would have taken four wins and one loss.”
Swindon’s next fixture is a home clash with Reading on Saturday, the Berkshire outfit being off the back of a 97-21 annihilation of Salisbury.
“Reading are a top-three side in this league. It’s a couple of tough weeks of rugby for us but I don’t think we’d have it any other way,” continued Westall. “It’s time to play some of the better sides and really test ourselves.”
Comments are closed on this article.