Summer signing Harrison Brough caught the eye on his debut with two tries, including the winner, in Oxford RL’s first ever victory over Hunslet.
Tim Romford’s side left it late to steal maximum points in a thrilling 24-22 win against the division’s oldest team in the last few minutes at Tilsley Park on Sunday.
First blood went to Leeds-based Hunslet who opened the scoring when Liam Mackay found a gap in the Oxford defence.
The Blues, in their first match back from their Toronto visit, hit back in the Kingstone Press League 1 clash thanks to Brough, who touched down in the corner for his first try of the afternoon.
A converted Jake Joynt try edged the hosts ahead and, as soon as they got the ball back, the lead was extended by a Josh Atkinson try.
Hunslet’s second penalty of the match also led to their second try and, after Oxford had a try disallowed, it looked as though it would be only a small advantage for the home side at the break.
Seconds before the buzzer however, Harvey Burnett ran in Oxford’s fourth try, which he converted himself, to give the Blues a 20-12 interval lead.
Hunslet’s Cameron Leeming dived over for an unconverted try after the restart and they were soon level when George Flanagan crossed the line.
The tide turned in the away side’s favour when Joe Sanderson, who had missed his two previous conversion attempts, landed a penalty goal to put Hunslet 22-20 ahead.
But Oxford crossed the line for the decisive score when Brough crashed over in the corner with four minutes left on the clock.
Hunslet kept fighting and twice they were held up over the line as the Blues secured an historic win.
Oxford coach Tim Rumford said that it was “a very, very pleasing end result, but our performance can be better”.
Rumford will take his Oxford side, who are 10th with three wins and three defeats, to pointless South Wales Ironmen on Saturday.