RUGBY LEAGUE: Oxford out to cause a big upset

Sam Blaney is back for Oxford

Sam Blaney is back for Oxford

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Oxford make their third trip to the South Leeds Stadium on Sunday when they tackle the Hunslet Hawks, looking to record their first win in four matches against their second-placed opponents in Kingstone Press Championship 1.

A 68-6 hammering for Oxford in the Challenge Cup was followed by 46-20 league defeat at Iffley Road and a 32-12 away loss.

Hawks suffered a 24-23 defeat in their top-table clash with Oldham last week, so will be looking to bounce back.

Oxford coach Tony Benson said: “It’s going to be a difficult challenge.

“But if you look at the results, we have improved each time.

“The winning margin has reduced so we will go into this clash full of confidence and I firmly believe we can cause an upset.”

Oxford should welcome back Sam Blaney who missed last week’s defeat by Gateshead.

Oxford (v Hunslet away) from: Benson, Blaney, Blewitt, Briggs, Brooker, Crabtree, Connick , Davies, Egerton, Ellison, Evans , Hoggins, Hayles, Lynch, J Morris, S Morris, Mulkeen, Newton, O'Keeffe, Parker, Rice, Roden, Rowland, Sharratt, Slade-Jones, Thompson, Vickers, Winfield, Wright.

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