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RUGBY UNION: Quins crush Cheltenham
10:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in Rugby
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OXFORD Harlequins went eight points clear at the top after a 55-3 home hammering of Cheltenham.
Quins’ ninth straight win saw fly half Zac Norris and No 8 Jackson Achilles score two tries apiece.
Hooker Dylan Rodrigues got the ball rolling, selling three dummies to run in a spectacular 45-metre try, converted by fly half Zac Norris.
Captain Luke Brown bagged try No 2 from a chargedown on 19 minutes, while Cheltenham replied with an Ollie Young penalty.
Achilles broke three tackles to score his first try, while wing Adam Walsh set up scrum half Ralph Jones for No4, Norris converting both.
After the break, Norris bagged his first from a chargedown then converted a catch-and-drive effort from Achilles, which made it 38-3.
A Norris break sent flanker Richard Battson over for try No 7, then Norris snapped up a loose ball to run in his second score.
With the last play, Walsh finished off a long move and replacement Will Hilton converted.
Witney lost 38-32 at Maidenhead, where a last-minute try ended their hopes of a battling victory.
The visitors had fought back from 26-3 down to trailing just 33-32 before Maidenhead flanker Will Cadden went over at the death.
Tries from hooker Lewis Jones and wing Simon Cripps, converted by centre Mike Virgo, put the hosts 14-0 ahead.
Witney full back back Henry Lamb replied with a penalty, but replacement Mykel Parrott and full back James O’Reilly scored further tries, Virgo converting the latter.
Replacement Stuart Catherall scored for Witney, with Lamb converting, but Virgo converted a second try from Jones.
Wing Chris Beasley plus centres Matt Clarke and Dave Hyde went over in reply, Lamb converting two and adding a penalty, but Witney could not complete their comeback.
Grove blew a 23-0 lead to lose 26-23 at Marlow, with poor decision-making contributing much to the defeat.
Full back Roger Sevier kicked Grove ahead with two penalties, but they wasted plenty of chances.
Centre Tom Clipsham took No 8 Rory Gratwohl’s pass to run in a solo try, Sevier converting for 13-0.
Sevier added a penalty and converted a try from wing Gut Nicholl to leave Grove in a dominant position.
Visiting wing Harry Carr was yellow-carded for handling in the ruck just before the break.
It all went wrong in the second half, with Marlow scoring two converted tries and three penalties to snatch a victory that left Grove stunned.
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