Hartpury keep pressure on league leaders with eight-try thumping of Chinnor
Hartpury kept up the pressure on the division's leaders with an eight-try thumping of Chinnor.
The home side wrapped up the bonus point with seven minutes of the first half remaining as they stormed into a 33-0 lead at the break.
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John Barnes' side added three more tries in the second period.
Hartpury made a typically blistering start and opened their account on 11 minutes when Nathan Thomas burrowed over from close range.
Brad Field doubled the hosts' tally five minutes later when he danced over following several phases of flowing rugby, with Craig Jackson on target with the conversion.
Skipper Chris Fortey then touched down at the back of a driving maul for a converted score, before George Boulton gathered Billy Burns' chip to grab the fourth try, improved by Jackson.
The home side were not finished there and Burns intercepted a wayward Chinnor pass to add one more seven-pointer before the interval.
The visitors will have been relieved to hear the half-time whistle, but their afternoon worsened four minutes after the restart when prop Jonathan Winpenny saw yellow.
Hartpury punished them duly as Burns' replacement Tim Stevenson broke and released Seb Rodwell, Jackson's conversion taking the score to 40-0.
The outstanding Reuben Haile, making his first appearance since breaking a leg at Clifton on the opening day of the season, had carved up the Chinnor defence repeatedly and did so again to set up Liam Wilkinson for a five-pointer as the rout continued.
The tiring away side finally found some respite when prop Andrew Berry barged his way over with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, Will Millett slotting the conversion.
But Hartpury had the last laugh after George Mills' carry set the platform for Sean Marsden to register their final try, with Jackson's sixth conversion the last act of the match.
The win leaves Hartpury sitting in fourth, three points behind second-placed Redruth having played a game more, with the two sides due to meet in Cornwall on Saturday in a hugely significant clash in the promotion race.
HARTPURY RFC: C Jackson; R Haile (C Stuart-Smith 60), G Boulton, S Rodwell, S Marsden; B Burns (T Stevenson 43), B Field (C Stuart-Smith 9-12); R Cano, C Fortey (C O'Connell 68), D Crompton (H Sandys 68); W Graulich, S Raven; N Thomas, L Wilkinson (G Mills 39-41, 50-53), G Evans (G Mills 53).
CHINNOR: H Colver (M Mountford 43); L Fielding, M Goode (M Chase 56), S Stoop, T Gray; W Millett, R Hopwood; J Winpenny, M Holyland (T Whelan 54), J Pickett (A Berry 54); T Mowbray, A Smith; D Hughes (A Berry 50-54), A Waddingham (E Sawyer 48), L Gilbert
Referee: Fergus Kirby (RFU)