Sat 8 Dec 2018, 14:00
BOURNEMOUTH produced the perfect response to their first defeat of the South West Premier season with a bonus-point home win over Newton Abbot.
Following the 28-16 reverse at a Will Greenwood-inspired Maidenhead last week, it was about getting back on the horse for the Lions - and they did so in style.
It was The Lions’ third half-century hammering of the season following their opening day 50-0 drubbing of Old Patesians and their 65-7 capitulation of hosts Camborne.
Bournemouth showed the form they had been in before their Maidenhead defeat by winning a penalty after four minutes for Abbot holding onto the ball in the tackle, but from 40 metres full-back Grant Hancox could not convert.
The Fortitudo-backed Bournemouth side went back to basics and deployed the rolling maul to great effect - which drew another penalty on nine minutes - which this time fly-half Adam Davies converted for 3-0.
The hosts were starting to find their groove now, and scrum-half Mike Pope took a lightening-fast tap penalty at halfway and sprinted away into Abbot territory.
With defenders closing in, the halfback looked for support and on his shoulder was flying wing Dan Stewart who crossed for the first try on 11 minutes.
Davies improved it to lead 10-0, and just four minutes later, Bournemouth had their second try.
Number eight Jack Hennings had a great run and went for the line from inside the Abbot 22 before being rebuffed, but in support was loosehead prop Joe Tarrant who dotted down.
Unfortunately, Davies could not add to it leaving a 15-0 advantage, before the third try was registered with eight first-half minutes remaining.
From a Bournemouth scrum in the away side’s 22, Pope spun out of two tackles, before offloading to supporting centre Scott Chislett to score.
Davies improved to lead 22-0 at the break with one more try needed for another bonus.
A stunning start to the second period saw Will Croker’s side record the extra point with just a minute gone.
Blindside flanker Alex Bennett got on the end of a stunning move after the ball was sent through the hands and lock Joe Rees sent his fellow forward over.
Davies pegged on two more for 29-0, before Davies added another three when he sent over a long-range penalty after 47 minutes.
Replacement scrum-half Sam Hardcastle had only been on the field four minutes when his side camped on the Abbot whitewash and the experienced nine squeezed over.
Davies cold not find his range to leave a 37-0 lead, before Stewart brought up his first ever treble with two scores in seven minutes.
A flowing move down the wing after 55 minutes saw speedsters Adam Higgins and Stewart exchange passes before Stewart crossed beneath the posts.
Davies rediscovered his touch to make it 44-0, before Stewart capped off his special day with his third try on 62 minutes.
The flying wide man skipped down the wing to finish off in the corner, leaving Davies a near-impossible task to improve from the touchline, making it 49-0.
Not one to let his fellow wing Stewart grab all the glory, Higgins got in on the act after 70 minutes when Davies chipped over the advancing defence to him and the wide man dotted down.
Davies once more improved to make it 56-0 after smashing through the half-century mark.
Almost immediately from the restart, a lightening-quick Chislett break a minute later saw him offload to Hardcastle in support to score, leaving Davies another easy kick to round off.
By Will Perringwood
Bournemouth Rugby Reporter
BOURNEMOUTH: Grant Hancox; Dan Stewart, Freddie Gleadowe (off 49 minutes), Scott Chislett, Adam Higgins (off 47 minutes for Hardcastle, back on 49 minutes for Gleadowe); Adam Davies, Mike Pope; Joe Tarrant (Firetto, 63 minutes), Alan Manning, Gianluca Firetto (Michael Davies, half-time, back on 63 minutes); Harry Leadbeater, Joe Rees (captain); Alexander Bennett (Russell, 63 minutes), Ben Russell (Napier, 37 minutes, back on 63 minutes), Jack Hennings. Replacements: Michael Davies, Tom Napier, Sam Hardcastle.
NEWTON ABBOT: Harry Ottaway (Jess, 57 minutes); Kyle Browne, Kevin Dennis, Filipinos Persia, Jack Bond; Tom Putt, Will Castleton; Lloyd Radford (White, 39 minutes), Dean Avery (captain) (Bottoms, 78 minutes), Matt Dowrick; Ian Milton, Colin Stewart; Tom Bottoms (Radford, off 39 minutes, back on 73 minutes), Chris Courtier, Jarryd Harris. Replacements: Tom White, Alex Smith, Matt Jess.