CHINNOR returned to winning ways with a deserved bonus-point victory over bottom side Tonbridge Juddians.

The Oxfordshire outfit had not triumphed at home since November, but arrested a run of five straight defeats with a 36-10 success on a wet and windy day.

Scrum-half Luke Carter crossed twice in the first half as Chinnor led 24-5, before tries from Dean Hammond and Oscar Heath put the icing on the cake.

With the wind at their backs, Tonbridge fought back after the break, but the hosts defended well to ensure they only crossed once.

Chinnor had to overcome a nervy opening 20 minutes as Juddians led 5-3 through Hugo Watson’s unconverted try.

But three converted scores in the space of ten minutes saw the hosts open up a 19-point lead at the break, during which time Juddians hooker Ryan Jackson was sin-binned.

Carter, sniping in and around the breakdown, crossed for two almost identical scores, before loosehead prop Soane Tonga’uiha crashed over off the back of an almost unstoppable driving maul.

Ben Ashmore drove over at the beginning of the second half as Tonbridge reduced the arrears but Chinnor, despite seeing Ben Glynn sent to the sin bin on 49 minutes, stood up to the test as the visitors threw everything at them.

Hammond then touched down spectacularly out wide to secure the home side’s bonus-point try on 64 minutes, before Heath finished off the scoring with a superb 60m interception score.

In National 2 South, Henley Hawks edged out Canterbury 12-10 on an emotional day at Dry Leas.

Both teams paid tribute to Dave Hyde, who collapsed and died after playing in the Oxfordshire outfit’s first match of the season last September.

The lock’s wife Katherine and son Tore were presented with the lock’s framed No 5 shirt before the game, with the jersey taking pride of place in the clubhouse.

Hawks showed great character to come through and claim victory in a scrappy contest, played in difficult conditions.

Canterbury opened the scoring when winger Dwayne Corcoran crossed before Henley scored from a pair of driving mauls either side of half-time, Ben Harrison and Tom Emery touching down. Cail Cookland converted the first try.

Corcoran went over again and Canterbury could have won it with a last-minute penalty from range, but it fell just short.

Henley stay fifth in the table.

Oxford Quins dismantled hosts Windsor to win 80-7 but they remain a point behind South West 1 East leaders Banbury Bulls, who overcame Marlborough 67-20.

Witney beat Chippenham 41-19, while Grove went down 29-14 at Bracknell.

In Southern Counties North, Gosford All Blacks were edged out 34-25 at Milton Keynes and Wallingford lost 46-7 to hosts Stow on the Wold.