RUGBY UNION: Witney slide to derby defeat

Witney Gazette: RUGBY UNION: Witney slide to derby defeat RUGBY UNION: Witney slide to derby defeat

Witney crashed to a 25-0 defeat at Oxford Harlequins in their Oxfordshire derby at the Southern Bypass Ground in South West 1 East.

Wing Jack Robinson raced over three times in the first half, but it was Quins’ forwards who laid the foundations for victory.

Quins will end the year with an eight-point lead, while Witney are just five points above the relegation zone.

Blustery conditions made kicking difficult, with all the hosts’ points coming from tries.

No 8 Jackson Achilles fed skipper Luke Brown to bag the opening try on 12 minutes.

Robinson sped over to finish off a flowing move for his first and his second soon followed suit from a similar source.

Witney had flanker Carl Campbell sin-binned on 35 minutes and trailed 20-0 at half-time when Quins’ backs and forwards combined to send Robinson flying in from 30 metres.

Quins had to work had to repel Witney in a tighter second half.

Home fly half Zac Norris was yellow-carded on 56 minutes, with Witney flanker Stuart Catherall later suffering the same fate.

Achilles powered over from the base of a scrum ten metres out to score try No 5 In the final minute, home centre Keni Fisilau was sin-binned.

Chipping Norton won 15-10 at home to Slough in BB&O Premier Division.

Neither Chipping Norton or Witney are in action this weekend.

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