Tottonians 54 Dover 0

Tottonians’ opponents returned to the ‘whitewashed’ cliffs of Dover empty-handed after being walloped in London 1 South.

Totts comfortably notched up a 54-0 victory over their visitors – the fourth Kent side they have faced in as many weeks.

The pattern of play was much as the previous fixture against Sevenoaks with the home side saving their best until the second half. However, there was little doubt from the start about who would end the day on top.

Totts got off to a flying start and had the bonus point wrapped up by half time, despite missing three early opportunities.

Rich Buck got Totts’ on the scoresheet when he went over and teammates Ali Ramus and Tommy Foster followed before prop Nathan Burns crashed over for the bonus point – Robbie Searle’s three conversions helped his side to a 26-0 half time lead.

And things got even better after the break as five more tries followed. Josh Andrews sprinted through the Dover defence to score, Ramus got his second of the day and a penalty try was given following a sustained period of attack from Totts.

Captain Robbie Searle then snapped up an interception and sprinted the length of the field before Foster ghosted down the wing for his second. Robbie Searle kicked one more conversion and replacement fly half Freddie Prince slotted home another three.

Totts’ coach Gavin Williams was full of praise for each of his players, including the three replacements who all made significant contributions.

He said: “We got the bonus point in this first half but we weren’t really firing. We weren’t accurate enough in our midfield which is unusual; we are normally very secure there. But the players knew it was a problem and we had a chat about it at half time and the second half was a completely different with a lot more accuracy.

“It was great that we had such a strong platform from the forwards – set piece, line-out, scrum – which us allowed us to bring young Freddie Prince on for his first team debut at this level at ten and he performed exceptionally well, as did the other guys who came off the bench, James Gay and Liam Murphy who came on in the back row when he is normally a hooker.”

Totts have won three of their four games against Kent sides in the opening six fixtures – only being beaten by leaders Tonbridge Wells - and have a rest week before travelling to Hampshire rivals Havant who lost out at Sevenoaks last weekend.

Bottom side Gosport & Fareham were beaten 50-19 at home by CS Rugby (1863) despite tries by flanker Anthony Richards and Wes Dugan and a brilliant solo effort by fly half Rory Penfold from inside his own 22.

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