DORSET Dockers are understood to have set a new record for a winning margin in competitive British rugby union after trouncing Dorchester II 212-0.
The runaway Dorset & Wilts Two South leaders, who were only formed at the start of the season, ran in no fewer than 32 tries at Potterne Park (Verwood), to blitz their beleaguered visitors on Saturday.
Reports suggest the previous British record was held by Welsh club Llanidloes, who thrashed Holyhead 181-0 in their Swalec League Division Three North game in September 2013, surpassing Norwich’s 177-3 success over Eccles & Attleborough in 1996.
Dockers, who boast a 100-per-cent winning record at the top of their league, will seek clarification from the Rugby Football Union that they now top the pile.
Jubilant head coach Tim Flower (pictured), the driving force behind the club’s formation, told the Daily Echo: “I have never seen anything quite like it and I doubt I will again.
“It was phenomenal. Everything we tried came off, every ball, even the outrageous ones we were trying when our tails were up, just went to hands.
“This is what we have been working towards all season, playing an open style in an attempt to overload opponents in the game but you never imagine it can get as good as this.
“We were 35 points up after about 15 minutes and the boys just kept going. You could tell something was stirring and we had people on the sidelines checking out records on phones and iPads.
“As soon as the players knew, they went after it. Fair play to Dorchester, they were a young side and they really stuck at it. At no stage did they stop putting in the tackles.”
Sixteen of the 23 players used got themselves on the scoresheet as Dan Mallard completed a four-timer, while Alex Priest, Donald Wharton, James Osborne and Michael Notarbartolo all bagged hat-tricks. Tom Kier, who scored two tries, kicked all of Dockers' 26 successful conversions.
The mammoth effort did, however, fall short of the world record set by Lavardac’s 350-0 victory over Vergt in the French third division in 1984.
On Dockers’ season, Flower added: “It has been fantastic so far. We now have 64 registered players with more wanting to join every week from all over the place.
“It is all about enjoyment. People have heard about our style of rugby and want to get involved, we couldn’t ask for any more at this stage.”