CHINNOR returned to winning ways with a morale-boosting bonus-point victory at Tonbridge Juddians.

Tries from Ben Manning, Cameron Terry, James Bourton, Kieran Goss and George Grose secured a 34-15 victory in Kent, lifting the Thame-based side up to fifth in National League 1.

They have closed the gap to leaders Cinderford to 13 points, with a game in hand over three of the four teams above them.

Chinnor produced some of their best rugby of the season to lead 29-3 after just 25 minutes, thanks to tries from Manning, Terry, Bourton – who converted three tries and slotted a penalty – and Goss.

A breathtaking fourth score saw Sam Yawayawa sidestep past two players, before Goss finished off a flowing move which included sublime offloads from Rob Hardwick, Elliot Chilvers, Nick Smith and Bourton.

Tom White had earlier kicked a penalty for Juddians, who touched down either side of the interval through Murray Galbraith-Lowe and Joe Duffy.

But Chinnor regained control and crossed for a fifth time when Grose dived over with eight minutes to go.

Goss was then denied his second try of the day when he was adjudged to have knocked on when dotting down.

Henley Hawks also returned victorious from their trip to Kent, beating Canterbury 19-10.

The hosts led 5-0 at half-time through Guy Hilton’s try, but Luke Allen’s side fought back in the second 40 minutes.

Sam Lunnon was driven over two minutes after the restart and Will Panday crossed just after the hour mark, Cail Cookland converting twice.

Tyler Oliver pounced on a Henley error to reduce the deficit to four points, only for Panday to touch down for a second time late on.

Hawks are tenth in National 2 South, but only 12 points off leaders Worthing with two games in hand.

Oxford Harlequins made it eight wins from eight in South West 1 East with an important 33-26 win over fellow high-fliers Trowbridge.

Banbury Bulls are still second after edging out Newbury Blues 31-27.

There were tight defeats for Grove and Witney, losing 21-13 at Beaconsfield and 17-14 to Sherborne respectively.

Gosford All Blacks drew 27-27 with Wallingford in Southern Counties North, while Bicester were beaten 41-24 by visitors High Wycombe.

TWO players have returned to Chinnor for their second spells.

Winger Josh Hodson and lock Oli Curry are back at Kingsey Road to strengthen Richard Thorpe’s squad.

Hodson scored 11 tries in 26 games during his first spell at the club and has started both matches since re-joining, against Cambridge and Tonbridge Juddians.

His return follows a year playing in Spain for Eibar Rugby Taldea.

Curry was on loan at Chinnor in 2017/18 and came through the London Irish academy.

He was last at Greene King IPA Championship side Bedford Blues and came on as a half-time substitute against Juddians.