A shattered and weary Blues head back home, having played their part with honour and distinction in the inaugural transatlantic rugby league match.
No one can take that away from the young band of brothers who put in a valiant and spirited performance against the formidable Wolfpack, packed with Super League experience.
Blue’s CEO Adrian Smith commented “I couldn’t be more proud of the lads and the staff after this inspiring display! The resilience shown is a testament to the frame of mind the coaches Tim and Chris got the boys in. Oxford’s effort was never in doubt, to be honest it felt like a ‘David and Goliath’ scenario going into the match. And the physical intent shown by the Wolfpack at the Salford game and now in Toronto could have been a psychological barrier our young lads had to cope with. They did and in my eyes it was outstanding all things considered.”
Smith continued “We were getting a lot of positive reaction on the boys performance on the social media front during the game and afterwards. I’d like to say thank to all for the encouraging comments. It would be great if a few more turn up at Tilsley this coming Sunday to welcome the boys home when we play Hunslet. I always say we are a well kept secret but hopefully we have boosted our profile and what we are doing at Oxford.”
Head Coach Tim Rumford “It’s been an exhausting trip with a lot of work done behind the scenes to make it happen. We had some adversity about but that’s brought us closer together as a group and we will use that to push on with our season. The boys have been a credit to themselves and to Oxford.”