Luton RFC unable to complete a rare double

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Luton failed to do the double over Harrow as they lost 43–8 in their London One North clash on Saturday.

Both sides have already been relegated, meaning they had nothing to lose, but it seemed Harrow had improved since their visit to Newlands Road earlier this season.

The hosts took the lead six minutes in inside centre Ryan Owens scored a try after some good passing, with Adam West kicking the extras.

Luton enjoyed a good spell of possession, but could not get past the stubborn Harrow defence until Rick Hobbs made a great solo run, which nearly saw him get over the line.

Play was then called back as a Harrow player was caught offside, which allowed Hobbs to score a penalty.

The rest of the half remained quiet until the 37th minute when Stuart James Vincent got over with ease, West converting, to make it 14–3 at the break.

It was a nightmare start to the second half for Luton as Hobbs attempted to punt the ball out in the 41st minute, but it was blocked by Hanny Reid, who pounced onto the loose ball and grounded it, West scoring the conversion.

Just four minutes later the hosts scored another try after the ball was passed out wide to Lee Huggett who fought his way through, West kicking the extras.

Hobbs found his way through the Harrow defence once again after another great run on the hour mark but the ball was stripped from his hands just before the line.

Four minutes later, Stuart Tomkinson was sin binned for a high tackle, and the extra man gave Harrow even more space to work with, allowing Vincent to get over again in the 65th minute with West adding the extras.

In the 71st minute, Robert Bagwranath barged his way through four or five Luton players but was tackled just before the line which lead to Shane Toghen following up from the ruck to make it 38-3.

With Tomkinson back from the bin Luton upped their game and executed a brilliant catch and drive which was sent over the line and grounded by the returning player.

Luton were unable to reduce the deficit any further, then Harrow added insult to injury when Vincent scored his third in the 79th minute.

After the match Luton second row Alex Dola Lami gave an insight on the priorities for next season, as he said: “We need to work on the basics. We need to start cutting lower with the tackles.

“We were panicking at key moments. We need to take our time and actually listen to each other.

“Their scrum was steady and it was difficult especially as Tommo had to play as a prop and he doesn’t normally play there.”

Luton host Tring this weekend.