LUCTONIANS made it back-to-back victories in the early throws of this National League 2 West season, with a controlled 3-18 victory on the road at Bournville last Saturday.

Whilst not taking all their opportunities in attack, a combination of strong set-piece and stuburn defensive work proved too much for the hosts.

The visitors started the game well and were rewarded with a 3-0 lead, as Louis Silver kicked a penalty from the result of a dominant first scrum from Lucs on seven minutes.

However, the Birmingham hosts hit back as Mitch Mcgahan tied the scores on 14 minutes, after Lucs were penalised for not rolling away quick enough.

On 22 minutes Lucs retook the lead with set-piece coming to the fore again, as Conor Geraghty was at the back of a driving maul to touch down, with Silver converting for 3-10.

This would be the half-time score-line, but the men from Herefordshire had to withstand a barrage of pressure before the break, as they spent 10 minutes with 14 men on the field after Tom Smith was yellow carded.

Back to full compliment at the start of the second half, Lucs began to grow the lead with another Silver penalty on 42 minutes.

The game was put to bed as a contest after 56 minutes, when centre Rob Aikman collected an un-fielded high kick, beat the winger and then ran in from 40 metres out for an unconverted score.

Whilst the Birmingham outfit never threatened to close the gap after the final try Lucs will be disappointed not to have secured a four-try bonus point, particularly as Bournville spent 20 minutes down to 14 men in the last quarter, as they suffered two yellow cards for indiscipline.

Ryan Watkins’ men have two wins out of three and sit nicely in 6th place in National 2 West.

 They face a stern test this weekend, with the visit of table-toppers Leicester Lions to Mortimer Park, where the two best defensive records in the league after three rounds will be on the line.