CHINNOR Rugby Club ended their season in the best possible way after retaining the Oxfordshire Cup.
They overcame rivals Oxford Harlequins 19-9 on Saturday, in what was described by coach Jason Bowers as ‘one of the highlights of season’.
He said: “It was a fantastic win and great end to the season, we have been working really hard and it has paid off.
“We were full of confidence going into the match and as the game went on I think we proved we were the stronger team.
“It was definitely one of many highlights this year along with our home form, where we only lost one match all season.”
Chinnor left it late to reclaim the crown after they relied on two late tries to seal the win.
With 10 minutes to go the score was 9-9 but Hastings proved to be the inspiration as he dived over the line for the opening try of the match.
The conversion was missed and Quins nearly reclaimed their lead as they pressed for the Chinnor line with five minutes remaining.
After winning a line-out on the 5m line, Oxford pushed for the try but Smith stood strong for Chinnor and were able to stop the attack.
That was as close as the Quins got and Chinnor soon sealed the trophy with their second try.
This time it was Cathcart who crossed over after picking up a long pass from scrum half Toby Prestcott. The conversion was again missed but little did that matter as the Falcons closed out the remaining seconds in the match to spark a night of celebrations.
Bowers said: “Lets just say there were a few sore heads.”