Cornish Pirates ended round six at the top of the Greene King IPA Championship pile after extending their impressive home run courtesy of a 36-28 win over Nottingham.
As he had against Cov last month, No.8 Tom Duncan crossed for the opener before Tom Cowan-Dickie, brother of England hooker Luke, winger Alex O’Meara and full back Kyle Moyle secured the bonus point before the end of the opening quarter.
When Tyler Gendall added a fifth touchdown before half-time Nottingham’s hopes were in tatters, although Jordan Coghlan did get one back for the green-and-whites just before the break.
And the visitors nearly took two consolatory bonus points on their long journey north after debutant Cameron Dolan, Billy Robinson and Will Millett crossed in the second half.
Having claimed a full hand of six try bonus points to date, the Pirates lead the way by two points from Ealing Trailfinders.
Last season’s runners-up made it five wins from six with a 32-25 success at Hartpury.
In the same pouring rain which hit most of Saturday’s action, the visitors built a 14-6 interval advantage through tries from James Cordy-Redden and former Wasps centre Guy Armitage who regathered a Craig Willis chip.
Seb Stegmann and Pat Howard then extended this advantage, and in the process clinched the try bonus point, at which point a comfortable away win was on the cards.
However, a close-range score from James Dun kept the hosts interested, after which further touchdowns from Jake Henry and James Stephenson clinched a losing bonus point and also set up a tense finish.
But neither of the early pacemakers hold the only unbeaten record in English rugby’s second tier – this status belongs to London Irish.
And seven days on from their battling win at the Butts Park Arena, the Exiles followed up with a comfortable 54-17 Madejski Stadium success over London Scottish.
Although former Redruth No.8 Mark Bright cancelled out Tom Parton’s early try, the home side had banked the try bonus point by the half-hour mark thanks to scores from another former Wasp, Brendan Macken, plus Bryce Campbell and Luke McLean.
After Matt Rogerson added a fifth, replacement back-rower Ofisa Treviranus, Saia Fainga’a, Ben Atkins and Oliver Hoskins also crossed before Henari Veratu claimed a late consolation for the visitors.
Only seven points then separate the next eight clubs, but it is Mike Rayer’s Bedford Blues who currently lie in fourth place following a 28-21 home win over basement dwellers Yorkshire Carnegie.
Jacob Atkins gave the hosts an early lead but Carnegie responded through flanker Josh Bainbridge.
Bedford’s Jarad Williams then scored a try which was cancelled out by George Watkins, before the home pack drove Ben Cooper and Jacob Fields over to clinch the spoils, which meant Dan Temm’s late score secured only a losing bonus point for Carnegie.
The weekend’s final clash saw Jersey climb into the top half of the table with a seven-try 47-22 away win at Doncaster.
The visitors followed up their first victory of the season against Yorkshire Carnegie last week with another devastating attacking display to pick up a second successive bonus-point triumph.
Max Argyle claimed the Reds’ opener in the first minute, before centres Mark Best and James Newey both crossed before half-time which arrived with the visitors 19-10 to the good.
Cameron Cowell claimed the Knights’ sole first-half try, and they conceded two more – to hooker Charlie Maddison and Aaron Penberthy – before Josh Tyrell and veteran points machine Dougie Flockhart gave the home fans something to cheer.
However, Jersey added further scores from Janco Venter and Augustin Slowik in the closing stages to complete an emphatic win.
Advanced tickets for the IPA Greene King Championship clash, preferentially priced at £18 (seated), £15 (standing) and £2 (ages three to 16) are available before 4pm on Friday from the Butts Park Arena ticket office on 02476 231001.
Entry without an advanced ticket is also available on the gate.