Tows bounce back in style

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Following last week’s disappointing result and performance, Towcestrians bounced back to form in highly impressive style as they chalked up a 55-3 demolition of Swindon.

Tows powered in nine tries in a slick display of running rugby that belied the difficult conditions and a wind so strong that it was equally difficult to play with it as it was against.

Tows stay second in South West One East, two points behind Salisbury, ahead of a trip to Trowbridge this weekend.

Coach Robbie George said: “It was a great way to bounce back from last week, there has been a real attitude in training all week about wanting to put things right from that game.

“We looked a different outfit this week, our skill levels in those conditions were excellent and to score 24 points into that wind was very pleasing.”

Playing with the howling wind at their backs, Tows soon got on the scoreboard, Craig Holton crashing through attempted tackles, and he quickly added a second, running off the back of the dominant Tows scrum, as James Falvey added the extras for a 12-0 lead.

With the wind allowing Tows a significant territorial advantage, the home side pinned their visitors back in their own 22 and eventually the line was breached by the impressive Pepe Nanci, Falvey again adding the extras.

Though comfortable, a 19-0 lead didn’t quite seem enough given the strength of the gale but as the half drew to a close, Tows crossed for two more tries, scrum half Murray Aitchison going blind side to score and Falvey finishing a move after the ball was spread wide through the backs, his conversion giving Tows a 31-point lead to protect.

After soaking up 10 minutes of pressure as Swindon enjoyed the wind at their backs, it was Tows who broke and only foul play from Swindon in the form of a deliberate knock on prevented a try.

The guilty Swindon player was sent for a 10 minute rest and a man to the good, Tows took advantage, winger Matt Yuill creating space for Pepe Nanci to score his second.

Having to run everything against the wind, Tows showed great skill levels and handling in keeping the ball moving and they broke out from their own 22 as great work from Liam Wilkinson saw him storm upfield and link with Jordan Brew, who made good yards and left Scott Browne the simple task of dotting down under the sticks.

Yuill was next to cross before Alex Chalcraft finished the rout, Falvey converting two of the final three scores.

The visitors got themselves on the board, Tim Barry swinging a boot at the ball for an unlikely drop goal to finish.

Elsewhere, Tows IIs returned from Luton with a 69-5 merit table win while the IIIs narrowly lost at home to a very strong Bedford Athletic IIs, and the Towcester Colts gained revenge over Southam from earlier in the Season with a solid 29-5 victory.