TOTTONIANS moved up to their highest ever position in league rugby with another resounding victory in London 1 South.

Totts occupy third spot after beating Gravesend 51-35 at Water Lane – with the Kent outfit playing their part in a highly competitive clash and deserving the four-try bonus point they took home.

In fact the visitors were still in the game at half-time – a couple of penalties and a converted try had them trailing at 23-13.

Totts ran in three tries with Mike Wisnewski getting the ball rolling after dispossessing an opponent and sprinting 25 metres to place down under the posts.

Dylan Baptista finished off a move that started when Kevin Raqio set up a ruck and involved Mike Searle and Tommy Foster.

Raqio then got over the line himself after he dived over from the back of a ruck. Captain Robbie Searle kicked a couple of penalties and a conversion.

Totts brought up their bonus point try early in the second half and were soon well clear of their opponents as two more followed in the first 15 minutes. Centre Mike Searle got the first, Alex Clarke got try number five and Robbie Searle produced another after intercepting and sprinting half the length of the field.

Gravesend took advantage of having an extra player after Ali Ramus was sin binned. They scored a converted try from the resulting penalty lineout before having one of their own players yellow carded.

Foster got his second of the day as Totts went 51-25 in front but credit to Gravesend who refused to give in and earned themselves a bonus point from three tries in the final quarter of the match.

The result came as a great tonic to Tottonians who lost out in a thrilling game against Havant the previous week.

Totts are still two places above the Portsmouth side who they gave their points tally a huge boost at the weekend when they went into triple figures at home to Dover – winning the game 104-7.

Hampshire’s other side in the division, Gosport & Fareham, lost their eighth game from eight and are at the foot of the table after being beaten 43-12 at home to Chobham.