The Gondoliers comprehensively overcame a strengthened Winchester side by the massive margin of 2-1 after going behind early on.
Mullins hit back to level the scores and Savage, moving up from the back, scored from an improbably tight angle to net the winner. In between, Mullins, with a clear sight on goal, managed to hit the upright from the top of the D.
The Gondoliers dropped their tempo both in terms of ball speed and positioning in response to the home side's lack of pace and urgency, and were unable to execute their short passing game plan in the absence of our own players within 25 yards of the ball carrier.
Fitter made a solid debut at sweeper, and thanks to Gould, Herrmann and Mowat for guesting for the opposition and it was good to see Shelbourne's debut for the year.
Good hospitality was provided at the Hursley Club. On offer was a choice of tangy curries (with seconds on offer; though not thirds), nice beer and very entertaining rugby (unless you are Welsh).