Sat 07
Old Laurentians
1st XV
Midlands 2 East (S): Old Laurentians 0-28 Luton

Midlands 2 East (S): Old Laurentians 0-28 Luton

By Ian Nancollas
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Luton pulled within three points of table-toppers Oadby Wyggestonians as they beat fourth placed Old Laurentians on Saturday. It was the visitors seventh win on the trot.

Two penalties from Rik Hobbs and tries from Dave Evans, Tom Garner, Aidan Kenny and Martin O’Grady secured the win and the bonus point.

However, with two games remaining and Oadby Wyggestonians left with ninth placed Oakham and second bottom Stamford to play, it is unlikely Luton will be able to over take them and win the Midlands 2 East (South) title.

Scrum half Evans opened the scoring as he received the ball from a scrummage 22 metres from the try line, before going on one of his trademark runs, handing off a couple of tackles and putting the ball down tight in the corner. Hobbs missed the difficult kick.

At the other end, Old Laurentians’ kicker could have reduced Luton’s lead to two points as the home side received a penalty, but he failed to convert.

Neither side were creating many chances to get points until the closing period of the first half, as Rik Hobbs slotted a penalty between the posts from 22-metres to make it 8-0

Then, right at the end of the first period, Denzel Edwards received the ball from Hobbs 30 metres out, the flanker made good ground before being brought down, Evans quickly played the ball out from ruck to Hobbs and he found Garner unmarked, the hooker dived over in the corner. Hobbs’ kick flew well wide and the visitors went in 13 points ahead at the break.

Hobbs extended Luton’s lead to 16-0 minutes into the second half as his penalty from the 30-metre line sailed between the posts.

The try of the match was then scored, prop Oti Pifeleti played an up-and-under from inside his own half, Kenny used his pace to beat Old Laurentians’ scrum half to the ball and held-off another tackler to touch down. Replacement kicker David Hamms’ conversion matched the brilliance of the try, as it flew between the sticks from a very tight angle on the 22.

The referee then produced three yellow cards within quick succession, two for the home side and one for Luton’s Adam Harris.

Luton left it late before securing the bonus point. Full back Jordan Davies went on a great from 10 metres inside his own half, skipping around a couple of tackles before offloading to O’Grady, the winger also avoided a few challenges before diving over to make it 28-0. Hamms conversion went wayward.

Luton’s remaining fixtures are against mid-table Olney at home this Saturday and away to bottom of the pile Pinley the following the weekend.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 07, Apr 2018




Midlands 2 East (South)

League position

Old Laurentians