OXFORD University bounced back to beat Madagascar 28-22 in Antananarivo and end their pre-season tour on a high.

Tries from Sam Miller, Henry Martin, George Warr and Tristan Louveaux saw the Dark Blues avenge their late defeat to a team ranked 50th in the world a week previously.

The students now return to England to prepare for their first match of the season at Iffley Road next Monday against Eastern Suburbs (Sydney).

Against Madagascar, Oxford started strongly in the 26 degree heat and were rewarded after six minutes when Miller went over following a catch and drive.

The hosts hit back with a penalty, but two penalties from the boot of captain Dom Waldouck saw the Dark Blues open up an 11-3 lead.

Madagascar hit back with two tries to edge four points in front.

But Martin dotted down out wide to ensure Oxford led 16-15 at the break.

The hosts were ahead again soon after half-time thanks to a converted try.

However, fresh legs from the bench boosted the students and Warr drove over, with Waldouck, who started at fly half in place of the ill Tom Humberstone, converting.

Louveaux then crossed in the corner late on as the Dark Blues made sure of victory to level the series.