Gateshead v Oxford preview.
Thunder ready for Oxford battle
Gateshead Thunder coach Kevin Neighbour wants his men to replicate last week's first half over a full 80 minutes against Oxford.
Gateshead drew 12-12 with London Skolars during the first 40 minutes of the New River Stadium clash, but eventually lost 52-24.
Neighbour said: "We were the most powerful side in the first half."
Oxford are only two places above Gateshead in the Kingstone Press Championship 1 table, but they are 12 points clear of their hosts.
Tony Benson's men are set to travel without Lucas Onyango, who looks to have suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Dave Ellison (suspected broken jaw) is also missing, while Andrew Bentley (knee) and Valu Bentley (ankle) face late fitness checks after a bruising clash with Oldham.
Benson said: "Gateshead are not the Gateshead of old. They're much stronger than they have been and we know exactly the challenge we'll face on Sunday."