Towcestrians stormed back to the top of South West One East with an impressive 32-6 win away at third-placed Windsor.
A fired up Towcestrians made the trip to Windsor looking to regain top spot following last week’s draw with Oxford, however it was the home side who initially began well with two penalties from Rhys Davies putting them into an early 6-0 lead.
Tows, needing to respond to this early setback, found their way back into the match with a Matt Yuill try followed by a James Falvey penalty and the Towcestrians came off at half-time 8-6 in front.
Tows turned the screw up front in the second half and started to dominate the scrum, driving the Windsor pack backwards yards at a time as a second Falvey penalty quickly followed by a Ronnie Speakman try, diving over from the base of another dominant scrum, converted by Falvey, saw Tows begin to exert their control, now leading 18-6.
A series of punishing drives from the Tows pack saw Craig Holton, returning to the side after a long injury lay-off, crash over. Falvey, who kicked superbly in the muddy conditions, adding the extras
Tows were now hunting the bonus-point and it came from the pack when referee Miller lost patience with the home team’s repeated infringements and run under the sticks to award the penalty try to put Tows back on top of the league.
After the game, head coach Robbie George said: “It was certainly a really demanding day weather wise, the set-piece was strong and we dominated the scrum.
“It was all about playing in the right area and we improved on our kicking game of recent weeks to do that.
Skipper Zac Osborne added: “We played the right rugby in the right areas and the boys put in a big shift up front. I feel sorry for the backs, it must have been freezing out there!”
Tows face another big game this weekend when they host third-placed Maidenhead.
Elsewhere, Towcester IIs continued their excellent form with a 34-12 victory over Witney IIs, while Tows IIIs made the tough trip to Peterborough where they lost 15-9.
Tows Colts just came up short conceding a late score against the Old Northamptonians, final score 12-10.