Game Preview: Oxford Saints @ Sussex Thunder – 21 May 17

Saints travel to conference leaders Sussex Thunder in rematch

This Sunday, the Oxford Saints (2-1) will take on the high flying Sussex Thunder (4-0) at Brighton Rugby Club.

The teams last met in Oxford’s season opener at Tilsley Park, where the Thunder claimed a decisive 35-8 victory. The Saints have since bounced back with a 13-6 win against the former premier side South Wales Warriors and a strong 35-14 showing against the Ouse Valley Eagles.

RB James Walter – Photo by Gareth Brown

The Thunder meanwhile have not yet lost a game in the 2017 season, but have been run close in their two clashes with the South Wales Warriors. Both games saw Sussex eventually pulling ahead in the 2nd half.

With their 14-8 and 17-6 wins against the Warriors, the Saints will be seeing this as a sign that they can be beaten and will look to avoid another one-sided affair like the season opener…

Alongside preparations for Sussex, the Saints have also added additional players to their roster including returning veterans Mike Oluwole (RB) and Jonny Dover (DB).

Oluwole will fit back in with Oxford’s strong variety of running backs whilst Dover will provide a much needed boost to the defensive backs, especially against the pass-heavy Sussex Thunder.

LB Sam Stancombe – By Chris Janes

The game this weekend will be the 1st of two consecutive games against the Thunder, with another visit to Brighton taking place on Sunday 4th June.

Due to the five team conference structure, the Saints are playing Sussex and Ouse Valley three times instead of the usual two. Sussex are currently #1 in the SFC Central with Oxford sitting at #2. With both teams aiming for the playoffs, a win for Oxford in either of these upcoming games would be significant.

Game Details

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Brighton Rugby Football Club
Waterhall Road

Kick off 14:30 PM