RUGBY UNION: Moran full of praise for Oxon's young guns

Bicester Advertiser: Oxfordshire Under 20s line up after the match Oxfordshire Under 20s line up after the match

OXFORDSHIRE head coach Martin Moran said his side performed admirably in their National Under 20 Shield semi-final defeat to Surrey.

Moran’s men were beaten 19-8 in an entertaining clash at Esher RFC and emerged with much credit from their run to the last four.

Oxon trailed 7-5 at half-time after responding to an early Surrey converted try with prop Anthony Kent’s pick-and-drive score.

Centre Will Millett gave the visitors the lead with a 55th-minute penalty.

But they could not hold on as Surrey finished with two more tries, the first converted.

Moran said: “I believe that scoreline was somewhat flattering to Surrey.

“This was a really enjoyable game of rugby with Oxfordshire acquitting themselves well against a very strong Surrey side.

“We have been very disprupted by the weather, with the squad only managing two training sessions between the Somerset quarter-final and the semi-final.

“Nevertheless the players performed admirably as they have done throughout the campaign.”

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