DEVIZES produced a fine display of attacking rugby to end the Southern Counties South season in eighth in the table after a 57-17 win at home to Thatcham.

Despite starting up the slight slope, Devizes were swiftly in front as a lightning phase of play saw Lewis Dodds release Luke Rapson to go in under the posts.

Just a few minutes later, the hosts doubled the score as Rapson was in for his second try after a tidy piece of play – converting both touchdowns himself.

Thatcham responded well and ran in two quickfire tries, although the conversions were missed to keep Devizes four points ahead.

This was a rude awakening for Devizes, and they were able to wrestle back control of the game through a try from Conor Scott to make it 19-10 at half-time.

The home side upped the pace in the second half and Rapson got the scoring going again when he rounded off his hat-trick after good work from backs and forwards alike.

John Bramwell then scored the hosts’ fifth try of the game after a superb line break from Charlie Paget.

Devizes continued to mount strong carries and they were soon in for their sixth score when close to the line. Craig Bryant spotted a gap around the fringes of a ruck to dot down.

Thatcham did bag a score in response, but Devizes sealed a further three tries in the final 15 minutes to kill off the game.

Robbie McLean took advantage of gaps in the visiting defence to go over twice in as many minutes – to go alongside his four conversions on the day – before the final score of the day was left for Lewis Dodds following a fine run by Bramwell.

Elsewhere, Corsham suffered a narrow 34-31 defeat at home to Walcot and finish the season one place below Devizes in ninth.

Bottom side Bradford on Avon were unable to add to their solitary win this term after crashing 74-10 at home to Yeovil.