11th March 2017, 17:57 | league1

Kingstone Press League 1 preview: round 2

Kingstone Press League 1 preview: round 2

Coach Tim Rumford says Oxford need to be aware or they could come crashing back down to earth

Oxford RLFC v Workington Town – Sunday, March 12 (2.00pm)

Oxford RLFC have had an impressive few weeks, they defeated Coventry Bears 30-28 in the League 1 Cup, were triumphant against South Wales Ironmen in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and kicked off their Kingstone Press League 1 season with a 40-12 win over Hemel Stags.

Coach Tim Rumford said, “I’m certainly pleased with the start we’ve had, so far so good is the order of the day. We’ve still got to be mindful though that there’s some really good teams in this division.

“We had a tough slog especially in the back end of the game against Coventry and we had a tough arm wrestle against South Wales Ironmen. We’re going to come up against some formidable outfits so we are keeping our feet on the ground in that respect.

“It was good to kick off the Kingstone Press League 1 season with a win by that margin and to be honest I think it could’ve been a little bit more.

“I think we had three tries disallowed and a little bit of better executive from us would’ve made the win a bit more emphatic. It was pleasing though to put one of our rivals to the sword early doors and it’s a big boost for our young team.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s Round 2 fixture against Workington, Rumford continued, “Workington are one of the more formidable teams, we need to make sure our players are aware that we could crash back down to earth with a bump if we don’t respect a team like Workington. They’re full of experiences players and it’ll be a big test for us.

“We’re settling in now at Tilsley Park and we’re getting used to the 4G surface. We’re trying to play quite an expansive style of rugby that suits the pitch and we’ve got quite a young team with lots of energy so it’s certainly a bonus to be at home.”

Last weekend, Workington suffered a close 20-24 loss against Newcastle Thunder just a week after losing 18-16 to them in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup one week earlier. They’ll be looking for their first League 1 win when they face Oxford RLFC this weekend.

In Sunday’s early kick offs, Toronto Wolfpack will be looking to follow on from their 76-0 win in the opening weekend of fixtures when they travel to Whitehaven and Hemel Stags welcome Hunslet RLFC before North Wales Crusaders take on Doncaster RLFC.

Coventry Bears take on Barrow Raiders, York City Knights face South Wales Ironmen and London Skolars will be looking to bounce back from their first round defeat when they travel to Newcastle Thunder.

In the remaining fixture of the weekend, University of Gloucestershire All Golds take on Keighley Cougars at the Prince of Wales Stadium.