A resounding 42-0 win boosted Oxford Saints’ chances of qualifying for the Division 1 semi finals – and condemned South Wales Warriors to relegation in the process.
Oxford Saints put on a convincing display at Tilsley Park on Sunday against a struggling South Wales side who have lost all eight matches so far this season.
The Warriors needed a win to avoid relegation to Division 2 but that never looked likely against a ruthless Oxford side that recorded their biggest win of the campaign.
The home side never looked back once James Walter opened the scoring on Oxford’s first drive with a two-yard touchdown.
Kicker Sam Fielden converted the extra point – not for the last time in the afternoon – for a 7-0 lead.
Running back Antonios Athanasiou, Ryan Kingshott and Walter’s second touchdown meant a dominant Saints boasted a commanding 28-0 lead at half time.
The second half was quieter as the Saints maintained their comfortable lead but also missed opportunities to add further scores against a tiring Warriors defence.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Walter crossed into the endzone for the third time to push the Saints ahead to a 34-0 lead. Fielden remained on form and added the extra point
The Saints sealed the deal when veteran tight end Richard Bloomer ran into the endzone from 23 yards out for the touchdown.
Fielden maintained his 100 per cent record and added his final point of the game to round off a memorable 42-0 win.
Next up for Oxford, who are second with three games remaining, is a trip to Ouse Valley Eagles on July 9.