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RUGBY UNION: Hampton suffers an unlucky break
Oxfordshire head coach Richard Williams has expres-sed his sympathy to Dave Hampton after he suffered a broken jaw in their 27-14 win against defending champions Dorset & Wilts at Banbury.
The Bicester centre suffered the injury just two minutes after coming on for his debut in the opening Pool 3 clash on Saturday.
Hampton received a boot to the face and was later operated on at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
He left hospital the next day and is recovering at home.
“Dave was very unlucky,” said Williams.
“He came on early in the second half, but was only on the field for two minutes before his injury.
“He got a boot in the face as he went for a tap tackle. He needed an operation in hospital, but went home the next day.
“He hopes to watch our next match against Berkshire at Newbury on Saturday.”
Harry Carr struck twice as Oxon used the wind well to lead 24-0 at half-time and then produced some solid defence in the second period.
The hosts got off to a great start, when Grove wing Harry Carr went over in the corner after they attacked well from a midfield scrum.
Oxford Harlequins fly half Matt Smith converted from the touchline.
A length-of-the-field move led to try No 2 from Oxford Brookes hooker Matt Holyland after good work from Leo Fielding (Brookes) and Johnny Tevita (Quins).
Smith converted again before Oxon were forced to defend for ten minutes.
An interception try from Carr, converted by Smith, opened up a 21-0 lead, with Smith adding a penalty before half-time.
Dorset managed two converted tries in the third quarter, during which Hampton suffered his injury.
Smith slotted a second penalty on 65 minutes and Oxon closed the game out well.