Sobering defeat for Luton RFC

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Luton endured one of their heaviest defeats of the Midlands Two East South season on Saturday as they went down 48-19 at Old Laurentians.

It was a sobering performance from the Newlands Road side who had picked up a sensational 22-21 victory against Oakham a little over a fortnight ago.

This fixture was never going to be easy for Luton, against a side who are second in the table and have a chance of promotion this term.

As soon as the game got underway, poor defence was enough to give the home side seven easy points as Luton immediately found themselves on the back foot.

Despite this set-back, the visitors continued to challenge close to the Old Laurentians’ try line and Matt Yang used his strength to ground the ball from a rolling maul and give his side an instant boost.

Full back David Hamm slotted his conversion over to level the scores at 7-7.

The home side edged in front again before another maul produced a second Luton score with hooker Ryan Sheppard claiming the try to make it 12-12.

That was as good as it got for the visitors though as their fundamental defensive flaws were exposed, with Old Laurentians taking advantage down the wings to score three tries before the break and move 31-12 in front.

The second period saw little or no fight from the team who needed to close the first half deficit, as they were consistently outplayed by their opponents.

Scores came regularly with only a well-worked Jake Hobbs try to cheer the sizable travelling support.

Luton now have plenty of soul searching to do before hosting Olney this weekend.