Olney let slip a half time lead to lose the opener

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A second half try-fest saw Olney slip out of contention for the win in their season opener against Lutterworth, going down 32-16.

After a balanced opening 20 minutes, both sides had kicked penalties to get themselves on the board - Brandon Kerr doing the honours for Olney.

Another Kerr kick put the visitors ahead, but a physically dominant attack from Lutterworth saw the first try of the afternoon as they took an 8-6 lead.

Kerr’s boot once again put Olney ahead as they took a 9-8 lead into the interval.

It took just two second half minutes for Lutterworth to score their second try of the game to retake the lead, and with the wind in their sails, they didn’t look back.

Lutterworth changed tactics halfway through the second half and adopted a kicking strategy banging the ball deep into the Olney 22.

Olney, with only two players lying deep, failed to control the ball and in the space of 12 minutes, they conceded three tries. Only one was converted and going into injury time Lutterworth were 32-9 in front.

Awarded a penalty in their own 22 Olney ran the ball down the field, but a Lutterworth player threw the ball out of play, giving Olney a penalty try to soften the blow at the final whistle.