Championship 1 Preview: Oxford v Gloucestershire (Sun)

Oxford coach Tony Benson insists his side cannot afford to take Gloucestershire All Golds lightly.

Benson’s side impressed in beating South Wales last weekend and he is keen to see a similar display against the side currently bottom of Kingstone Press Championship One.

He said: “We played well last week – we were pretty dominant in attach and defence.

“Things have started to come together now, and if we can improve on a couple of key areas we’ll be a good chance this week.

“Gloucestershire have improved a long, and have been there or thereabouts for long periods of games each week. It won’t be easy.”

Benson will give late fitness tests to Alex Thompson (ankle), Lucas Onyango (knee) and Chris Clarke (ankle).

Brad Hepi’s All Golds are still seeking their first Kingstone Press Championship One win, and their first victory since beating Skirlaugh in the Challenge Cup on April 7.

Since then they have lost nine straight matches, but have competed for much of those games.

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