Sat 14
1st XV
Midlands 2 East (S): Luton 53 - 33 Olney

Midlands 2 East (S): Luton 53 - 33 Olney

By Ian Nancollas
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Luton RFC have guaranteed themselves a home play-off after beating Olney 53-17 on Saturday.

Callum Strachan, Chris Davies, Byron Odell and Dave Evans got a try each, while Aidan Kenny and Jordan Davies scored braces in the high scoring match.

Luton can still win the Midlands 2 East (South) title if they beat Pinley away from home and table-toppers Oadby Wyggestonians lose on the road to Oakham in the final round of fixtures this weekend.

Full back J.Davies opened the scoring as David Hamm played a looping pass to Kenny on the wing, he played a quick inside pass to Davies on the 22 and Welshman ran free to try zone to touch down. Hamm failed to convert.

Strachan made it 10-0 two minutes later as Kenny broke through the Olney line leaving him and the lock 2-on-1 with an Olney back, the winger opted for the pass to the Strachan and he sprinted from the half way line to the whitewash. Hamm was left with a difficult conversion that he couldn’t guide between the posts.

The visitors then scored a try as they took a quick penalty deep in Luton’s half, the home side couldn’t stop Olney’s forwards attacking phases and eventually the prop forced himself over the line under the posts. Olney’s scrum half converted the easy kick to make it 10-7.

Fly half Hamm slotted home a central penalty from distance before J.Davies broke through Olney’s line and passed it outside to C.Davies, the winger was too quick for the opposition centre and he went on to score Luton’s third try. Hamm missed his third conversion of the match.

J.Davies secured the bonus point almost immediately after with his second try of the game as he broke though Olney’s defensive line once more and touched down between the posts. Hamm converted the simple kick to make 25-7 at the break.

Luton scored again early into the second half as Evans went on a good run gaining a lot of ground before offloading the ball to the lock Byron Odell 22 metres out, the Australian had a free run to touch down. Hamm was left with another simple kick in front of the posts and he duly delivered.

At the other end, Olney took another quick penalty deep into Luton’s half, the visitors scrum half passed the ball out from the ruck to the full back, the latter picked out the winger and he stepped inside C.Davies to score. Olney’s kicker failed to convert making it 32-12.

Kenny then scored Luton’s sixth try of the match as the home side turned the ball over inside Olney’s 22, some quick attacking play led to Rik Hobbs picking out Kenny on the wing, his opposite number failed to take him down and the winger went on to put the ball down in the try area. Replacement kicker Hobbs converted his first attempted of the match.

However, Olney still didn’t give up, as a couple of minutes later their winger intercepted a pass from Adam Harris inside their own half. He held off J.Davies and Harris and Hobbs weren’t fast enough to stop him sprinting over 50 metres to the line. Olney’s kicker hooked the conversion wide.

Luton went on to score two tries in quick succession, firstly Evans and Hobbs played a nice overlap, which left a gap for the scrum half to exploit and touch down. Hobbs converted well from a slight angle beyond the 22 to make it 46-17.

Kenny then rounded off the scoring as Jake Hobbs received the ball from Hamm and played it inside to the winger, he skipped past an oncoming tackle and went onto get his 12th try of the season. Hobbs kicked his third conversion of the match to make it 53-17.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 14, Apr 2018




Midlands 2 East (South)

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