Game Preview: Oxford Saints @ South Wales Warriors – 23rd April

On Sunday 23rd April the Saints head to Wales to take on the Warriors

After Oxford suffered a 35-8 defeat in game 1 of the season last weekend to the Sussex Thunder, this Sunday will give the Saints a chance to redeem themselves.

Now competing in Division 1 following promotion after their championship season in 2016, Oxford will be looking to show they can compete against the tougher competition.

It’s been a long time since the Saints took on the South Wales Warriors. The last game was a preseason friendly in April 2012, where the Warriors claimed a 21-14 victory.

Photo by Chris Janes

Warriors Drop Down From Premiership

Whilst the Saints were battling it out in Division 2 in 2016, the Warriors were competing in Premier South but have since requested voluntary relegation. Citing low player numbers and a risk of being able to complete another premiership season, the Warriors made the difficult decision to drop down from the UK’s top tier.

With their relegation approved, it came with the condition that South Wales will have a two year post-season ban. With playoff football impossible for the Welsh side, they will be looking to show that their program is on the mend and that they can still give teams a challenge.

In the first game of their season, they suffered a narrow 14-12 defeat at home against the Ouse Valley Eagles.

Photo by Rob Dummer – From https://www.sites.google.com/site/southwaleswarriorsafc

OXFORD IN SEARCH OF FIRST WIN

With a rough start to begin their Division 1 campaign, the Saints are in need of a victory to prove they are here to compete.

With the team studying game film from Oxford’s loss in week 1, they will be striving to fix their mistakes and provide a much sterner test for the South Wales Warriors.

Stay tuned on Saints social media for score updates on Sunday. Kick-off at Llanharan Rugby Football Club is 14:30.

After the game this weekend, the Saints are next in action at home on 7th May against the Ouse Valley Eagles.

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