OXFORD Harlequins cruised to a 45-12 home victory over bottom side Salisbury in South West 1 East.

Harry Burn and Ed Yeates scored 35 points between them, the former bagging a hat-trick.

Burn set Quins on their way with his 19th-minute try under the posts, Yeates converting.

The duo combined again just before the half-hour mark, Burn crossing and Yeates adding the extras.

The latter converted his own try on 38 minutes to put the hosts 21-0 up.

Salisbury touched down three minutes after the break, before Johnny Henderson secured the bonus point to make it 26-5.

Burn scored his third try on 65 minutes, Yeates adding the extras, before Callum Cashman crashed over with five minutes remaining.

The visitors replied with a converted try to make it 38-12, but Yeates had time to convert his own score to complete the scoring.

They are nine points behind Banbury Bulls, who lost 39-12 at Chippenham.

But there was good news for the Oxfordshire side as captain Ian Isham returned, the forward touching down in his first game after suffering blood clots in his lungs in September.

The hosts made a fast start and quickly went 17-0 up, through a penalty and two converted tries.

Isham came off the bench and drove over minutes later, before Justin Parker crossed and Ed Phillips added the extras.

That was as good as it got for Banbury as the home side took control in the second half.

Chippenham ran in four tries, one converted, to seal a convincing triumph and dent the visitors’ title ambitions.