RUGBY UNION: Witney wonders stroll in for double victory

Henry Lamb kicked a penalty and two conversions for Witney in their win against Oxford University Greyhounds

Henry Lamb kicked a penalty and two conversions for Witney in their win against Oxford University Greyhounds

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Witney reached the semi-finals of the Oxfordshire Cup with an impressive 22-7 win against Oxford University Greyhounds at Hailey Road.

They will now visit Oxford Harlequins, who saw off Chinnor 2nd 6-3 last month.

It completed a great weekend for Witney who 24 hours earlier had beaten visitors Cheltenham 30-12 to make it four South West 1 East victories in a row.

Fly half Henry Lamb kicked Witney ahead with a penalty.

No 8 Charlie Bennett had a try disallowed before the break.

Greyhounds hit back when wing Dom Oboh’s break allowed lock Graeme MacGil-christ to score.

Fly half Jack Davidson converted for a 7-3 lead, but Witney battled back strongly.

Wing Arron Lambourne went over twice in five minutes, both times having been fed by scrum half Gareth Campbell.

Lamb converted the first of these and a late try from Bennett, who scored via a rolling maul.

Saturday’s victory, which was sealed by two tries from wing Chris Beasley, took Witney up to seventh place.

Prop Jamie Burke drove over for the opening try on 11 minutes.

Cheltenham’s hooker was sin-binned before Witney scored again as lock Joe Rowles set up hooker Adam Copperwheat, who raced in.

The visitors’ pressure had earned them a converted penalty try, with Witney flan-ker Stuart Catherall yellow-carded.

Witney took control in the second half, flanker Carl Campbell bagging a pushover try converted by fly half Ted Landray.

Landray made it 20-7 with a penalty, but Cheltenham wing William Scott replied with a try.

Beasley’s double, the first after a Copperwheat grubber kick, sealed Witney’s victory.

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