SALISBURY ran in a staggering 15 tries as they thumped Dorchester 97-12 to keep their Southern Counties South title hopes alive.

Both sides were without numerous players due to injury, but it took Salisbury just six minutes to break the deadlock. Dom Porter forced his way over the line, quickly followed by Rob Crossley, Michael Lawrence and Will Murley. Will Lewin also proved accurate with the boot.

That secured the bonus point, with barely a quarter of the game gone.

A further four tries followed from Lewin, Murley, Lawrence and George Fosse, as the hosts went in at half-time 54 points ahead.

Charlie Sharpe hit back with a rare score for Dorch, before Lewin and Murley each brought up their hat-tricks at the other end.

Brook Legg hit back for the visitors, while Dan Hammond and Bobby Saunders got over the whitewash to further extend Salisbury's dominance.

Henry Wilson got in on the act after a mazy run, while Lewin brought proceedings to a halt with the final try of the day.

This result pushed Salisbury top of the league but Devizes have a game, and their own destiny, in hand.

The Green and Whites travel to Yeovil for the final fixture of the season on Saturday, knowing that a try bonus win is imperative.