LUTON beat Beaconsfield 30-22 at Newlands Road on Saturday, but failed to show the cohesion of recent weeks in a performance that was way below their normal standards.
Yet Beaconsfield played like a team that belied their lowly league status.
“It’s all about performance, not the result,” said Luton backs coach Nick Rhodes, “Individually we played well, but not as a team, whereas their players did not play especially well, but played incredibly as a team. We were an organised unit.”
Both sides scored three tries each, but it was the boot of Rik Hobbs that proved the difference on the day, kicking three penalties and conversions following tries from Kevin Scales, Tesh Edwards and Matt Yang.
Dunstablians bounced back from the disappointment of going out of the Beds Cup in last weekend’s semi final by beating Oadby Wyggestonians 29-22 at Bedford Road.
“They may have been down of the bottom of the league this morning,” said Dees prop Simon George. “But they didn’t play like it. We dominated in the scrum and we set a good platform for the backs. It was good to get back to winning ways..”
The Dees went over four times, to secure a bonus point, thanks to tries from Matt Anderson, James Noel, Scott Warren and Gavin Denning. John White kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Stockwood Park won 24-5 on the road to bottom placed Old Newtonians. While they were not playing their best rugby, they did enough to seal the bonus point and limit the opposition to very little by way of territory or possession.
“It was satisfactory, in terms of outcome, but it was a scrappy affair,” said first team coach Rod Keating, “We were dominant, and showed good discipline. We stuck to our tasks.”
James Peddar, Casey Waterfield, David Keating and number eight Eric Butler scored the tries. Jason Carr returned from injury to kick two out of a possible four conversions.