BASINGSTOKE Cavaliers turned on the style as they beat visiting Petersfield 33-8.
The home side took two minutes to take the lead as scrum-half and skipper Brent Evans broke through the Petersfield defence and offloaded to man-of-the-match, Toby Fryer who scored.
The Cavaliers scored again as Evans’ storming run from the back of a ruck allowed him to feed Fryer, whose short pass to Chris Pritchard saw the teenager run in from the 22.
The visitors replied with a score to add to an earlier penalty to make it 10-8, but the home side increased their advantage by half-time as, from a 10 metre scrum, Evans picked up the ball and scored.
After the break, Fryer returned the earlier favour and put Evans in for his second try of the game.
Basingstoke added another score from flanker Scott Barr, which was quickly followed by another from Luke Robertson – his first in senior rugby.
With a penalty added by Dean Crossley, the game finished with the home side as 33-8 winners.
Coach Steve Parker said: “This sort of performance has been coming. The boys are working very hard in training, our injury list is shortening and it’s great to welcome back some of the more long-term absentees.
“While Toby got the man-of-the-match award, it’s fair to say all the players were outstanding today.”
The fifths were also in action on Saturday, away to Lymington Mariners.
The inexperienced Basingstoke side were beaten 52-0, Sean Pritchard being their man-of-the-match.
Team coach Trevor Coxon said: “It was a tough day, but this is a young side and they will have learned a lot from this.
“Scott Maher and Sean Pritchard are only 17, but they put in a very good shift today. I’m proud of the boys for not giving up.”
The Dragons were 38-17 winners at Tottonians. They are at Reading this weekend.