Stags slip to 4th league defeat.
For the second game in a row Stags were given a lesson in clinical counter attacking play.
Stags surprisingly took the lead in this ultimately one sided league defeat. The forwards were equal to, if not stronger, than the Olney pack. A strong early start with some strong direct running by Stag's 12, Tom Paratt, was rewarded when full back, Adam Smith, joined the line used his outside man as a decoy straightened up and dived over. Adam Garrood failed with a relatively simple conversion but Stags led 5-0.
This seemed to act a wake up call for the home side who scored two tries in quick succession which Stags allowed them to touch down under the posts. This gave Olney a 14-5 lead. Stags through skipper Adam Garrood reduced the deficit when he went blind from a ruck and sliced his way through a gap in the home defence cross the white wash. The second attempt at adding the bonus points was missed although a penalty a few moments later brought Stags to within 1 point of the home side.
Again this seemed to jolt Olney into action and they scored three more tries inspired by thei two Midlands squad players scrum half Harry Warn and inside centre Frazer Strachan to take a lead into half time of 35-13.
The second half saw more of the same without the strong start by Stags. Olney attacked in numbers and were unselfish and clinical in their execution. They scored two more tries by moving the ball wide where they always appeared to have men over and took the lead to 45-13.
With 10 minutes remaining Adam Garrood received the ball on the half way line and used the outside support of Ben McNichol and Malcom Milliagan as a foil as he straightened the line and made the long charge for the try line. He was eventually hauled down as slid over the try line for his second try of the morning and his 10 of the season, Olney had the last word as they slipped through the middle of the park to make the final score 52-18. Fortunately the leg injury sustained by Luca Proietti didn't appaear as serious as first thought.
Although Stags forwards gave a good account of themselves the Stags backs were outplayed again. Defence and attack are too often done individually and we must learn to do both as a unit. Basic errors littered Sunday’s performance, passes behind support runners, passes to the opposition, losing the ball in contact, trying to kick a lose ball rather than fall on it are all basic errors that the top sides don’t seem to make in the same frequency.