A large crowd at Castle Road were both cheered and intoxicated by a great display of rugby by Salisbury as they dispatched their nearest rivals Wimborne.

For twenty minutes the visitors laid siege to the Salisbury line but the hosts were able to break and score twice through Callum MacTaggart and Dave Tonge, Matt Loader kicking both conversions.

The game then swung in favour of the home side and Harry Whittington crossed for a score before breaking again and sending Tonge scurrying for the line and a bonus point.

Within a minute of the restart, replacement front row Aiden Gill showed an extraordinary turn and burst clear to score. Chris Beaumont was next on the score sheet before Loader was sent clear by Tonge for his first try but twenty fifth conversion of the season.

The city side were in the ascendancy and, with the introduction of Rory MacTaggart, were fielding siblings in the same side for the first time since the Kay twins ruled the breakdown. Dom Porter was enjoying another fine day with the ball in hand, driving hard at the visitors’ defence with devastating results, and man of the match Tonge was pulling the strings as attacks continued from all angles.

The loose play allowed Wimborne two further scores but Salisbury were also rewarded by Scott Neary, crossing for his first try of the season, and the ever reliable Christian Metson skipping over for a score. Whittington, taking over the kicking duties from the metronomic Loader, added a couple of conversions, for a nine try victory, 63-22.