Swindon Storm eye play-offs

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Swindon Storm head coach Steve Bennett hopes his side’s new-look offense can keep their play-off hopes alive when they travel to Oxford Saints on Sunday.

The last time the two sides met Swindon Storm put Oxford to the sword by 50-16 amassing a team record 477 yards of running plays in the process.

Since then Bennett’s side have lost to both Bristol and Cornwall before returning to form with a big win against Torbay Trojans last weekend.

Victory for Swindon Storm against Oxford will see them leapfrog their local rivals in the Division 2 South West Conference standings and Bennett says his side are in confident mood.

“Both Oxford and ourselves will be different teams to the ones who met back in May,” Bennett told Your Sport Swindon.

“Oxford’s experienced coaching staff will have dissected all the elements of the previous game’s video and will have a new polished battle plan ready.

“We have also re-branded our offense after Cornwall took it apart last month but I am confident my players can get the job done.

“Football’s really a game of match ups. This time in the season is where the cream rises to the top.

“We’ve all played each other once and now its down to who adjusts and fixes their weaknesses most efficiently.”

The performance of Greg Roscow last weekend impressed Bennett after he moved the strong safety into the quarter back position against Torbay. Roscow threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in the 78-34 win against Torbay and Bennett admits he could be a marked man on Sunday.

“We’ve moved some personnel around, strong safety Greg Roscow has slotted back in at quarter back, his natural position, and put down some impressive statistics last week. Oxford however, are a different class of team and will be coming after Greg on Sunday.

“We’ll need to protect him and give him time to pass the ball and get into a rhythm with his receivers.”

Kick off at Abingdon Rugby Club is 2.30pm. Entry is free and refreshments are available.

Click on the video above to watch highlights from Swindon Storm’s last match against Torbay Trojans.