Fullerians made the ideal start to the season as they eased to a 34-29 win over Old Haberdashers on Saturday.

Both teams committed to an attacking style and the hosts did well to run at the OH defence at any given chance.

They did, however, fall 7-0 behind, only to restore parity through Liam Boyd’s powerful try.

From there Fullers grew into the game and another try before the interval gave them a 13-7 lead at the break.

Rich Hoskins’ side lost their control soon after the restart and allowed Haberdashers to run in an easy score, before the two sides exchanged scored to leave Fullers with a narrow 20-19 lead.

A good move along the back line put Shaun Smith in to score under the posts and Fullers went further ahead when the extras were added.

Tom Williams added the all important bonus point try after a kick and chase, but Haberdashers still refused to go away.

They scored a well-worked try to make it 34-26 and continued to turn the screw until the final whistle.

A strong scrum yielded a penalty, which was dispatched to take them to within a converted try of victory and set up a nervy close for Fullers.

The home side defended gamely though and held out for a morale boosting opening day win.

Fullers will hope to make it two wins on the spin when they face Letchworth Garden City in their first away game of the season tomorrow.