RUGBY UNION: Quins crush Salisbury

Zac Norris

Zac Norris

First published in Rugby


ZAC Norris scored 27 points as leaders Oxford Harlequins crushed basement boys Salisbury 82-10 at the Southern Bypass ground.

The fly half grabbed a try and kicked 11 out of 12 conversions, while prolific wing Jack Robinson and No 8 Jackson Achilles bagged hat-tricks.

Lock Allan Purchase began the try fest on six minutes, with flanker Seisoni Tupou notching on his return from a knee injury. Norris converted both.

Salisbury replied with a try from full back Charlie Miller, but Quins led 40-5 at the break.

Achilles drove over for a brace of tries on 24 and 26 minutes, Norris converting both.

Tupou added his second after a 40-metre run.

Achilles completed his first-half treble, with Norris converting.

John Goldsmith pulled a try back for Salisbury on 44 minutes before they were again overwhelmed.

Centre Mike Lee ran in try No 7 soon afterwards.

Tight-head prop Pete Boulton then picked up and drove over under the posts on 51 minutes.

Robinson’s treble came in an 18-minute blitz minutes, with Tupou yellow-carded during the onslaught.

Norris scored a try from the final play to cap it off.

Witney battled to a 20-14 victory at Reading.

Hooker Adam Copperwheat and lock Charlie Bennett, who was also sin-binned, scored Witney’s tries.

Fly half Phil Thomas converted both and added two penalties.

Grove’s home match against Buckingham was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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