Rugby: Wallabies coach disappointed by Oxford examination

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones tonight voiced his disappointment after Australia’s second string were given a thorough examination by Oxford University at Iffley Road.

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones tonight voiced his disappointment after Australia’s second string were given a thorough examination by Oxford University at Iffley Road.

The world champions triumphed 52-27, scoring eight tries, but they led by just four points with 15 minutes remaining.

Although none of today’s starting line-up is likely to feature against England at Twickenham next Saturday, it was still an often below-par display from Jones’ men.

‘‘We created four or five try-scoring chances, which we didn’t take and that was disappointing,’’ Jones said.

‘‘But the overall effort was good, and you have to remember that a lot of those guys out there today haven’t played for some time.’’

A capacity crowd of 5,500 packed the quaint Oxford ground, and Jones welcomed the fixture as an important part of touring.

‘‘I thought that Oxford played very well, their work at the breakdown was exceptional, and I believe it is important that we have these traditional type of games on tours. It is great for the guys to come to some different places.’’

Oxford’s Australian captain, Brett Robinson, who went off injured after 20 minutes, was full of praise for his players.

‘‘The guys went out there looking to enjoy themselves, and I thought we had a real chance when we trailed just 31-27. We didn’t allow ourselves to be distracted by the enormity of the task, and I was delighted with how it went.’’

Robinson, capped 16 times by Australia, pulled a hamstring but is determined to be fit for Oxford’s December 11 Varsity Match showdown with Cambridge.

Wallabies’ full-back Chris Latham and centre Scott Staniforth each claimed two tries, while there were also touchdowns for Graeme Bond, Phil Waugh, Nathan Grey and Chris Whitaker.

Fly-half Manuel Edmonds kicked six conversions, while Oxford replied with tries from Will Rubie, Dan Taberner and Kevin Tkachuk.

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