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Derby day joy for Slough RFC against Phoenix RFC

Visitors Slough made it back-to-back wins in the BB&O Premier Division with a solid 31-5 victory over Bucks rivals Phoenix at Institute Road on Saturday.

Slough took an early lead when winger Kinter Zvokunzwa won the race to touch down after a chip and chase, and this was soon followed by a try for flank-er Sam Rowe. Max Miles converted both.

Good lineout balls from both the jumpers saw Phoenix catch and drive 30 metres up the pitch, but once again the ball was spilt and any rhythm was lost.

A series of scrums and lineouts followed before a pick and go and quick hands saw the ball find Slough’s Charlie Turner who executed a classic draw and pass move to put the ball into Tim Hawkes’ hands who powered for an unconverted try, giving the visitors a 19-0 lead at half-time.

Phoenix began to put some phases together after the break and a quick counter from scrum half Dave Harris saw him make 30 yards into the Slough 22 with only a last-ditch tackle stopping him short of the line.

With Phoenix being penalised time and again though, the momentum swung back in favour of Slough who extended their lead to 26-0 when Zvokunzwa forced his way over the line. Jack Jones converted.

A final passage of play from Phoenix saw No.10 Jason Townsend run a good line and cross for their only try of the game.

A further late try for Slough after Charlie Turner offloaded to Jones ensured a one-sided win.

Slough host Risborough tomorrow (Saturday), but Phoenix

do not have a league match.

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Three tries for Kev Dunne, a brace for Dan Frewin, and one apiece for Adam Clements, Lukasz Niedzwiedz and Aman Grewal earned Slough 2nds a 54-17 victory over Thatcham 3rds. Dunne converted seven of the eight conversions.

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Phoenix 2nds strugg-led to break down Hungerford 2nds’ defences in their 34-13 defeat on Saturday.

Hungerford were first on the score board but Phoenix replied through a Harry Bampton penalty which was soon added to by a touchdown from Neil Wincomb which Bampton converted.

Despite this, Hungerford pulled clear in the second half.

Phoenix’s kicker restored their lead at 13-12, but the visitors’ backline were starting to exploit gaps and they barged their way over to stretch the lead to 29-13.

A fourth try followed to make the final score 34-13, a scoreline which didn’t truly reflect the efforts of the home side.

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