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Army Rugby Union U23s 'Have Plenty To Work On' After Heavy Oxford Loss

Army head coach, Captain Mal Roberts, was speaking after a 33-3 loss to Oxford University in Aldershot.

Army U23s head coach Captain Mal Roberts had admitted his team has "plenty to work on" after a 30-point loss to Oxford University.

The development team is preparing for their Inter Services campaign in November but suffered a heavy loss as the university team won comfortably at the Army Rugby Stadium.

The men in red are the reigning Inter Services champions having won the title for the first time in four years last November.

Despite taking the lead against Oxford University, the Army struggled to keep the students out and Capt Roberts said improvement is needed ahead of a crunch tie with the Navy on 13 November.

"You can see from this afternoon that there is still plenty to work on," said the Army head coach.

The Oxford University team are preparing for their Varsity Match against Cambridge in December. (Picture: Alligin Photography)

"I’m still finalising the squad so today is the day I will probably make the cut on my 30 that I will take to Inter Services.

"There’s a lot of positives to take out of that game, as well. I think we are in a good position moving forward.

"Last year, we lost nearly every game I think. We drew one and then went on to win the Inter Services.

"If you compare to last season, we are in a bit of a better place this season.

"We look forward to Inter Services where it is always a different kettle of fish."

Capt Roberts also praised the team’s coaching experience and believes they faced a tough test in Oxford.

He said: "That’s what the best thing is about playing Army rugby. We have the coaches coming back in who have been there and done it.

"It is important because you know exactly how these players are and exactly how low they are feeling at the minute with the performance they put in.

"It wasn’t all bad but that was a really good Oxford team that have put in a good performance today."