Swindon Storm bounced back to winning ways with a thumping 59-22 win at Torbay Trojans on Sunday.
Torbay were always going to be a tough test after holding Oxford Saints to 18 points the week before but even with a depleted defence, Swindon dominated the game from start to finish.
Keen to make up for their disappointing defeat against Cornish Sharks on the opening day of the new season, Storm came out flying in the first quarter, using a fast tempo offence to pull out to an early lead thanks to solid blocking and a powerful rushing attack.
Each drive echoed the last with a series of runs that took Swindon into the red zone allowing Dan Thorne to punch in four early touchdowns.
The Trojans showed little going forward as Swindon’s stubborn defence denied them a first down within the quarter taking the score to 26-0 in the process.
Offensively Swindon never looked back, adding a passing touchdown from Brent Johnson-Flippance from inside the red zone to extend their lead to 32-0.
Torbay’s offence eventually came to life and after a few long plays on the outside, they forced the ball over the line to get their first score of the day and avoid the shutout.
Not to be outdone, Swindon kept driving downfield on offence leading to another rushing touchdown by Thorne to make the score 39-6.
Torbay gathered some momentum against Storm’s depleted defence and added another score before half time, also adding the conversion to reduce the deficit to 39-14.
Storm extended their lead again just before the break when running back Victor Ofoe ran 70 yards for a touchdown to give Swindon a comfortable 45-14 lead at half time.
Swindon started strongest again at the start of the second half with Aylwin Thorne-Griffith intercepting the Torbay quarterback to immediately give possession back to Storm.
Using the momentum from the interception, Swindon’s offence pushed forward and now on the other side of the ball, Thorne-Griffith caught a slant pass and managed to dive into the end zone to give Swindon a 52-14 lead.
Torbay were still not finished and the second year team drove downfield and got on the scoreboard once again with a touchdown and converted two-point attempt.
With the score at 52-22 coach Steve Bennett allowed more rookies to get some game time as the match moved into the fourth quarter.
Even with players being rested, Swindon’s offence managed to drive downfield and get into position for Thorne to run in his sixth touchdown of the game to clinch a 59-22 success.
Swindon now take on Oxford Saints at Supermarine Sports Ground next Sunday.