Arthur Ellis’ breakaway try sent Rosslyn Park to a dominant 46-13 win over Sale at Heywood Road.
The visitors battled to a half-time lead but four different try-scorers secured a bonus point win, regaining momentum from the Blackheath loss.
After early Park pressure, it was the home side who broke away first with Fergus Mulchrone finishing off a counter-attack.
But Kieran Power’s men were level nine minutes later, Joe Munro running to the post after sustained play.
The lead was gained on 28 minutes as James Freeman broke through before feeding Ellis to run 30 metres.
Try scored by Arthur Ellis
Sale’s Chris Johnson added to his tally with six minutes to half time as he kicked a short penalty.
But Lound, who sits one place above the fly-half in the Nat 1 scoring charts, stayed ahead with his own penalty kick three minutes before half time.
And the kicker put three more points on the board five minutes after the restart, again close to the posts.
Johnson responded once again by placing a drop kick between the sticks four minutes later.
Pace was the name of the game from then on as substitute Owen Hughes passed the ball through Sale’s defence on 53 minutes.
The bonus came 11 minutes later, Benji Marfo capitalising on the space from Park’s breakdown play on the five-metre line.
And the floodgates opened with six minutes to go as Craig Holland grabbed his fourth try of the season.
Last season’s top-scorer then turned provider for Jack Gash to get his first try of the season in the closing moments.
Park return to the Rock next week hoping to make it two wins in a row against Plymouth Albion, who sit middle of the Nat 1 table.
The south-west side saw off a battling Canterbury side 41-20 at The Brickfields.
But Kieran Power’s men will take encouragement from the Albion’s last visit to London, which ended 22-17 in their favour.
Tries: Munro 22, Ellis 28, Hughes 53, Marfo 64, Holland 74, Gash 78
Conversions: Lound 23, 29, 54, Holland 65, 79
Penalties: Lound 37, 45
Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson; Ben Howard, Henry Cheeseman (Craig Holland 54), Joe Munro, Benji Marfo; Greg Lound (Jack Gash 60), Dave Lewis; Kyle Traynor, Karl Gibson (Owen Hughes 17), Paul Doran-Jones (Nick Lovell 60); Jonathan Mills © (Jack Barnard 54), Gregor Gillanders; James Freeman, Arthur Ellis, Dan Laventure
Referee: Ben Rayner
Star Man: Owen Hughes – Rosslyn Park
Warren Muggleton @WMuggleton
images: David E Whittam
October 7, 2019