Tows rout Newbury to go second

Will Dunkley
Will Dunkley

Towcestrians ran in eight tries to rout Newbury Blues 50-14 and go second in South West One East.

Both teams went into the game with a 100 per cent winning record, but Tows blew the visitors away with a dominant performance to sit three points behind early pacesetters Chippenham ahead of this weekend’s trip to Reading.

Tows laid down an early marker when Eugene Baxter crashed over for a try converted by James Falvey and that was a sign of things to come as the forwards continued to display their power with Dave Stocks and Craig Holton both touching down.

Newbury looked to stem the tide but they squandered the chance to reduced the lead as Favley gathered the loose ball and then successfully chased his kick up field to score a scintillating bonus-point try.

To rub salt into the wounds of the visitors, Tows stole a line out, the maul resulting in a try for prop Zac Osborne-Wright, Falvey again converted to put the hosts into an unassailable 33-0 half-time lead.

Newbury responded with an early second half try, but that seemed to spark Tows back into action as Ben Roe got on the score sheet for the home side’s sixth try.

Towcestrians showed no sign of relenting as Stocks crossed for his second try before replacement Will Dunkley, on his return from injury, displayed great pace to score Tows’ eighth and final try, with Falvey’s conversion taking them to 50 points.

Newbury had the last say when they scored a converted try with the last kick of the game.

Elsewhere, Tows IIs won 35-17 at Ampthill, Tows Vets lost 35-7 at Olney and the Colts were 60-0 winners over Rushden & Higham.