Hemel Stags scored four second-half tries to beat bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire All Golds 28-18 in Kingstone Press Championship 1.
The All Golds made a great start as Jordan Rice’s early try was converted by Phil Cowburn, but the visitors were level at 6-6 at the break courtesy of Mike Forgham’s score, with Barry John Swindells adding the extras.
The Stags then took charge in the second half, with Harry Mostyn, Shane Grady, Ian Keevil and Aidan Pritchard all crossing and Swindells taking his tally to eight points with the boot.
Gloucestershire added three more tries of their own after the break as Maxime Claustres, Steve Parry and Nev Morrison crossed but it was not enough to prevent another defeat.
Looking ahead to this weekend, Stags coach Troy Perkins insists Oxford’s 54-12 defeat at Rochdale Hornets is not an accurate reflection of Tony Benson’s side.
Perkins said: “They got beat pretty heavily, but they’re battling away to try to secure a play-off position.
“They’re going to come here ready to improve on last week’s performance.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Tony Benson and he’ll have them very well prepared. They’ll be targeting this game, but we’re also aiming for a top four position.”
Perkins will check on his squad’s fitness after Wednesday’s 28-18 win at Gloucestershire.
Oxford coach Benson has injury worries over Martin Roden (bicep), Danny Halliwell (broken nose), Jonny Leather (back) and Valu Bentley (ankle).
Benson said: “We need a response this week. What I’m looking for is just a bit of a reaction when things don’t go right.”