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Your News Salisbury guarantee their play off place

On Saturday Salisbury guaranteed a play off place against Barnstaple, their South West Two West counterparts, with a display of champagne rugby against High Wycombe. The first half provided spectators with a display of clinical precision as far as rugby skills are concerned and the scoring opened up after a slick move through the backs for Tom Pottage to go over for the first try. The forwards were now pressurising close to the visitors try line and the ever ready Nick Triniman slipped off the back to score with Pottage taking the two extra points with the conversion. Phil Chesters received a high ball from the opposition deep in his own 22 metre area and began a mesmerising scything run through almost the entire High Wycombe defence to score a fantastic try worthy of an international cap. The conversion was added by Pottage. From another opposition kick Phil Chesters gathered deep in his own half and combined brilliantly with Richard Lang who showed his incredible pace to go over and score with Pottage converting once again to take the half time score to 26-0.

In the second half Dave Thorpe operating efficiently from the half way line initiated a good move, passing to James Kay, who then slipped the ball to Luke Bugden who sprinted 20 metres to touch down. In the 70th minute Chesters, having the game of his life, once again linked well with Richard Lang to prove an undefendable combination for High Wycombe, seeing Chesters going in for his second try. Dave Thorpe, showing his quality picked up a deserved try for his efforts with Dave Bell converting the extra two points. With the game well and truly won a moment's lack of concentration allowed High Wycombe the opportunity to score an 80th minute pushover try to cap off an unblemished performance for their hosts.

Salisbury now have an identical record to Barnstaple in South West Two West but they have a superior points difference and it looks likely that Salisbury will play off away from home, unless Barnstaple lose their final fixture. Salisbury now play Henley Wanderers at home on Saturday with a 3 p.m. kick off.

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