Oxford Cavaliers picked up their second win in a row in Conference League South to move up to third after seeing off lowly Bristol Sonics 44-18 at Oxford RFC.
The home side broke the deadlock on 12 minutes when stand-off Andy Winfield ghosted through untouched to score under the posts, converting his own try for a 6-0 lead.
The Sonics quickly replied with a converted try of their own and defences dominated until the 35th minute when Ed Vickers crashed over and Winfield added the extras to make it 12-6.
Straight from the restart, a weaving run from scrum half Wes Newton ended with a try next to the posts, Winfield converting to put Cavaliers 18-6 clear at the break.
An early second-half try from Vickers, converted by Winfield, put Cavaliers further ahead, but Sonics stayed in touch with a converted try.
Cavaliers were soon back on the front foot as Alex Wright went over from ten metres after a quick tap penalty. Winfield converted to make the score to 30-12.
The pressure on the Bristol side’s defensive effort took its toll in the closing stages with Cavaliers running in three quick tries from James Bovett, Rich White and Ruari Lynch to put the game out of reach at 44-12. The Sonics had the final say with a consolation try making the final score 44-18.
Mike Gaston, Ryan Goodman and Luke Williamson went over for their tries, all converted by Dom Swann.
* Oxford Cavaliers A lost 40-6 at home to Cheltenham Old Patesians in the West of England Premier League.
Latest Sport news
4:30pm Thursday 26th November 2015
CHRIS Maguire has become Oxford United’s second loan signing of deadline day.
12:30pm Thursday 26th November 2015
OXFORD United have strengthened their squad ahead of today's loan deadline by signing defender Jordan Evans from Fulham.
10:40am Thursday 26th November 2015
RYAN Taylor is due to see a specialist next week as Oxford United bid to get to the root of his groin problem.
9:30am Thursday 26th November 2015
OXFORD United Women’s goalkeeper Demi Lambourne is hoping for the perfect end to an impressive year after being shortlisted for sportswoman of the year accolade at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards.
9:00am Thursday 26th November 2015
OXFORD United remain optimistic they will get at least one loan signing across the line before today’s deadline.
8:30am Thursday 26th November 2015
JORDAN Flynn faces one of the biggest tests of his fledgling boxing career today when he takes on national champion Luke McCormack in Sheffield.
8:10am Thursday 26th November 2015
Oxford University topped the half-century mark for the second time in a week when they thrashed London Scottish 53-0 at Iffley Road.
8:00am Thursday 26th November 2015
Phil Clark defeated the Johnson Buildbase Oxford & District League’s top player Mark Trafford, but could not stop Gladiators Club A crashing 5-1 to Oracle.
7:50am Thursday 26th November 2015
BICESTER Boxing Club head coach Daza Usher praised welterweight duo Sammy AitTales and Ant Miller after the pair won bouts at the Witney Fightclub show.
7:00am Thursday 26th November 2015
OXFORD City Stars were edged out 2-1 in a cagey clash with high-flying Wightlink Raiders at Oxpens in English National League South Division 1.