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RUGBY UNION: Quins crush Salisbury
8:00am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in Rugby
SOUTH WEST 1 EAST
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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