Towcestrians made it two wins from their opening two South West One East fixtures with a 25-3 victory over Grove.
The final score bore no relation to the first 30 minutes on Saturday in Tows’ first away game of the season as most of the half was spent with the visitors defending their own line against a barrage of Grove attacks, but the hosts failed to penetrate through the stubborn Towcestrians defence.
Grove were made to rue their failure to turn pressure into points when, on the stroke of half-time, Towcester found themselves in the opposition’s half for the first time and a break from captain Liam Wilkinson resulted in a five-metre penalty for his team, from which young second row Kieron Frost drove over for the first points of the game.
James Falvey added the conversion to give the visitors an unlikely 7-0 lead at the break.
The second half again saw Grove start well as Tows lost a man to the sin bin and from the resulting penalty, the home side finally got their first points on the scoreboard.
Falvey replied with a well-taken long-range conversion, only for the game to become disjointed as a total of six yellow cards were dished out.
The home side then seemed to run out of ideas and it was Tows’ turn to enjoy a sustained spell of dominance as their backs came into the game.
Unlike their hosts, Towcester made the most of their pressure with fly half Ben Roe finishing in the corner, followed by a quickly-taken penalty by Craig Holton with Falvey adding the extras.
Tows’ efforts to claim the bonus point were foiled by a covering tackle from the right wing, but the visitors had done enough to maintain their 100 per cent winning start.
Elsewhere, two tries in the last five minutes helped Towcester IIs to a 31-21 victory over Hinckley IIs, while the IIIs lost 21-17 to BBOB and the Colts turned around a 22-5 deficit to draw 22-22 with Buckingham.