Nothing unlucky about their 13th win for Stow
STOW 72 PHOENIX 7
STORMING James Holmes stole a staggering six scores in soaraway Stow's 11-try blitz that extends their perfect league record to 13 wins.
Unstoppable Stow now boast a 13-point lead with seven games to play, at the top of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier.
Phoenix sit fifth out of 11 with an even win-loss record – this hammering underlines still further Stow's credentials to cope at the higher level that is coming next season.
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Nick Cafearo claimed a try brace, along with seven conversions and a penalty, to end the rout with 27 points.
Remarkably Holmes' double hat-trick still left him the day's top points-scorer with 30.
Andrew Piercey, Craig Chapman and Tim Peachey completing the plentiful plunder.
Cafearo broke a 20-minute deadlock with a penalty: and after that it was plain sailing.
Mat Green's scrum break sent Holmes away for his first.
Holmes chased down a deep punt to double the tally.
And then the try glutton turned provider, breaking blind to send Piercey home.
Hugo Griffiths fielded the restart and raced away, before sending Cafearo in.
Chapman then capped several tight driving phases with a good score, to leave Stow 38-0 ahead at the break.
There would be no let-up after the turnaround.
Captain Peachey broke off a maul for the next try.
Cafearo then scored in the corner, before setting Holmes away for his hat-trick try.
Beleaguered Phoenix rallied and claimed a converted try from a five-metre scrum.
But any resistance was quoshed by that man Holmes, who bagged three further tries to complete the walloping.