MATT McKee led the way with four tries as Swindon College Old Boys tore their closest Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier rivals Chipping Norton apart to secure an impressive 47-3 victory.
The two teams are locked in a battle for second place in the table with Saturday’s clash expected to be a tight affair with both sides gunning for victory, but Old Boys took control in the second half having led 11-3 at the break to move level on points with their opponents with six games to play.
Old Boys head coach Mark Roshier admitted his side were in shock at the size of their victory, and believes the margin of their success should have been even greater.
“We prepared all week and had great numbers in training, but they were all a little bit pumped up so we took the contact out of training and worked on some other things,” he said.
“Going into the game I kept things under control because I didn’t want any of them to have niggles with each other or be unhappy with any big hits they made on each other.
“It seemed to work because in the game we tore them apart really, and it was great to see.
“It could have been more too because we were held up over the line three times and dropped passes when we had the chance to score, so we were left kicking ourselves a little bit at that.
“So many tries went begging, but our number one aim was the win, so the size of the win and the bonus point were some added extras.
“We were all a bit shocked at the end, but the atmosphere was fantastic all the way around the club.”
Roshier also revealed an early shock proved the perfect motivation to go on and win the game.
“They hit our first scrum and they moved us, and I think that shocked us a bit because they are one of the only teams in the league to manage that,” he said.
“We got a bit of a kick up the backside from that, and we never went backwards at all after that.
“We took their lineout ball and took scrums against the head, and charged down their kicks at will, and to be honest they never looked like scoring.”