Towcestrians 1st XV powered to a 59-12 win over winless Salisbury to clinch their second win on the bounce and climb to third in South West One East.
Having returned to winning ways last weekend following back-to-back defeats, Tows were keen to maintain the momentum this week as they came up against bottom of the table Salisbury at Greens Norton Road.
Salisbury’s defence held up well in the first quarter as Tows applied a seemingly endless barrage, producing wave after wave of attack before touching down for the first try when flanker Yuon Skelton used his pace to out-run the covering defence.
James Falvey missed the conversion, but Tows began to take the game to the visitors with the scrum in particular a huge asset - led by young tight head prop Dougie Rattray - as a penalty scrum resulted in a try for Craig Holton, converted by Falvey.
There followed a flurry of tries, scored by Ben Roe and scrum half Dave Stock as Roe crashed through the defence and Stocks deftly dotted down for the bonus point try, both scores calmly converted by Falvey.
A resolute Salisbury side refused to lie down, however, and they scored through winger Dren White to end the half 21 points in arrears, trailing 26-5.
The second half started with Dave Stocks’ second try after he used his guile to catch the opposition out with a quickly taken penalty, followed by another try that was scored from a scrum won against the head before Craig Holton crossed the white wash as Tows continue to motor away with victory.
A try each from the Hopewell brothers confirmed Tows’ superiority and completed a resounding victory – despite a messy finish that saw the visitors score a converted try through Lawrence Taylor.
The result lifts Tows to third, eight points off top, ahead of this weekend’s trip to second-placed Swindon.