Midsomer Norton Thirds earned a well-deserved bonus point win on Saturday as they gained revenge for a narrow earlier-season defeat against Cheddar Seconds.

The warm, dry weather allowed both teams to play some good rugby, but it was Norton who dominated the opening forty minutes – outscoring the visitors six tries to two. The pack were more than holding their own and the back line created a number of good opportunities. This allowed a flurry of first-half tries.

Norton started at pace, and flanker Tom Clark (playing his first game for over a month) bagged a first-half hat-trick. This was backed up by a fine finish from winger Ben Johnson, a poacher’s try from fly-half Stu Kelly and a further try from number eight, Gareth Williams, who powered over in typical fashion.

Cheddar hit back before half-time with a couple of tries of their own to make the score 36-12.

Norton rang the changes to ensure their numerous subs also got involved. This they did with good effect in a hard fought second half. Both sides had periods of possession and pressure in an evenly contested second half. This led to two tries apiece, both Norton’s efforts coming from winger Kemar Stewart, following a couple of thunderous runs.

The kicking duties were shared with centre Mike Evans kicking three, and flanker Tom Clark adding one to make the final score 48-24.