SKIPPER Joe Rees admitted Bournemouth had righted the wrongs from their only defeat of the South West Premier season with a 29-10 victory against Maidenhead.

Lions extended to 25 points their advantage at the summit of the division with the home triumph over Will Greenwood’s side.

To make matters worse for Maidenhead, the Chapel Gate reverse saw them leapfrogged by Devon powerhouses Barnstaple.

Number eight Rees acknowledged the opportunity to avenge December’s 28-16 defeat at Braywick Park had provided the team with a huge incentive on Saturday.

Rees said: “The result sends out a massive message to the other teams in this division because it means we are not just there by luck. We have really cemented our place at the top of the table and we deserve to be there.

“It feels really good to right some of the wrongs that happened up at their place back in December.

“They are a really quality outfit and are well drilled and we probably left about four or five tries out there to be honest but a win is a win at the end of the day.

“Righting a few wrongs was massive motivation for the boys involved – to right the wrong of losing to them earlier in the season.

“We were gutted when we went there and we were well beaten at their place. They deserved to win so it was nice to get one back over them.”

The home team fell behind initially to Maidenhead fly-half Will Runciman’s penalty after eight minutes before Lions’ full-back Karim Lynch stretched out an arm to score two minutes later.

Home kicker Grant Hancox then could not add the extras or a penalty after 20 minutes.

The visitors made them pay three minutes later when centre Ed Keohane hacked the ball down the touchline for speedster Dylan Baptista to score.

Runciman improved it to 10-5 before Bournemouth lock Harry Leadbeater grabbed his first try for the club on 30 minutes after stretching over the line.

Hancox improved it and added a penalty for a 15-10 half-time lead.

The contest then exploded into life in the final 10 minutes with the home side scoring twice to register their 16th four-try bonus point this season.

Bournemouth wide man Dan Stewart pressed his foot firmly down to scorch down the wing for try number three, with Hancox improving to 22-10.

Great defence by the home team then forced Maidenhead to touch down behind their own sticks and hand Bournemouth the five-metre scrum.

Rees tried his luck initially from the base of the set-piece before the hosts turned the screw at scrum time to win a penalty try and seal the bonus point with six minutes left.