BRACKNELL RFC turned on the style as they secured a superb 44-21 bonus-point South West Premier win at home to Exmouth.

The Lily Hill men started superbly and went in front inside a minute, smart hands from backs and forwards alike helping them breach the Exmouth defence before wing Jiute Tupua was able to finish in the corner.

Things got even better in the fifth minute, Gabe Hill breaking clear before allowing Ian Burch to dot down and double the advantage to 10-0.

A third try arrived shortly after as Ben Sanderson crashed through the visitors’ defence, Vic Hardwicke landing his first successful conversion of the afternoon.

The bonus-point was secured shortly after an extraordinary opening 10 minutes as Bracknell continued to impress, Hills again breaking before the ball made its way to second row Leo Bailey who dotted down out wide.

The try rush slowed down, but Daniel Ap Dafydd’s side extended their lead to 25-0 when Hardwicke slotted a 25th-minute penalty.

Exmouth began to find some form and, following a sustained spell of pressure, Bracknell’s Peceli Nacamavuto was shown a yellow card.

However, the home side responded to being fewer in numbers with their fifth try of the afternoon, some neat interplay ending with a fine off-load by prop Harry Challenor sending Tupua through under the Exmouth posts. The conversion was kicked by Hardwicke and Bracknell led 32-0 at the interval.

The visitors cut the gap with a converted try five minutes into the second half, but Bracknell replied after stealing a line-out – a high kick was not fielded by the Exmouth defence and Tupua grabbed hold of it before racing clear to complete a wonderful hat-trick. Replacement Chris Laidler added the extras to make it 39-7.

A seventh try of the afternoon arrived for the Lily Hill men as Michael Clarke found space before crossing the whitewash, and although Exmouth rallied with two late converted tries, it was an excellent day for the home side.

Bracknell have climbed to 10th in the table ahead of their long trip to Lydney on Saturday (3pm).

  • CROWTHORNE's miserable season continued as they conceded their BB&O Premier game at Chesham.

It was the second time the Crows have forfeited this season and leaves them on -8 points, 14 adrift of second bottom Abingdon at the foot of the division.

Crowthorne have a week off before hosting Hungerford on Saturday, November 11.