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Henley Hawks are the early pace-setters in National Two South after taking maximum points from their first two fixtures. The Hawks backed up their opening day win over Shelford with a second success in as many weeks at Dry Leas, this time against Lydney. Henley played their part in a weekend of high-scoring matches - an average of 65 points was scored per game – with a six-try, 41-15 success.

Hartpury College and Redruth are the two other sides to win both their opening games. Hartpury were comfortable winners at home to Taunton, whose defensive deficiencies from last season appear to have carried over into the most recent campaign. Flanker Ross Moriarty scored a hat-trick for the hosts in a 48-13 win. Redruth, backed by a crowd of 1,140, put 40 points on Cornish rivals Launceston. Reds’ fly-half Paul Thirlby kicked 21 points from five penalties and three conversions.

Last season’s National 3 London & South East champions Canterbury put struggling Barking to the sword despite falling behind in the early stages. Fly-half Scott Browne contributed a personal haul of 20 points in a 74-15 win that produced 11 tries for the Kent outfit.

Worthing proved too strong, though, for another promoted club. National 3 South West winners Bournemouth were on the receiving end of a 45-14 drubbing from the Raiders, who ran in seven tries.

Eight different players crossed the whitewash for Shelford in a 59-28 win at home to Southend. Even so, Shelford have still conceded more points than they have scored in their first two games.

Dings Crusaders got the better of Clifton in a highly competitive West Country derby at Lockleaze. Dings led for all bar an eight-minute second-half spell, with a try from Dave Wheeler and the trusty boot of Mark Woodrow finally settling the issue in their favour.

Round 2 results

Hartpury College 48 – 13 Taunton Titans

Dings Crusaders 24 – 14 Clifton

Worthing 45 – 14 Bournemouth

Shelford 59 – 28 Southend

Redruth 46 – 24 Launceston

Henley 41 – 15 Lydney

Canterbury 74 – 15 Barking

Round 3 fixtures

Bournemouth v Chinnor

Clifton v Shelford

Barking v Worthing

Launceston v Harpury College

Lydney v Canterbury

Southend v Henley

Taunton Titans v Dings Crusaders

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