Old Grammarians had too much power late on for Corby in their opening-day clash.
The two Northamptonshire clubs met in the first game of the Midlands Four East (South) season and it was the Wellingborough men who came out on top.
However, despite the 40-14 scoreline, it was not plain sailing for OGs who had to lift their intensity to get the better of their rivals.
John Gardner’s hat-trick was the starring role but with Ryan Hurved, Richard Armitage and Christian Stevens providing good support it was comfortable enough outcome for the home side.
Corby manager Ricky Egan was an unhappy man after the game as he felt his side had done better than the scoreline reflected.
He said: “The lads were disappointed with the last 15 minutes of play.
“Things have to be put into perspective, though.
“The structure was by far better than last year and the work that has been put in at training is definitely manifesting itself on the park.
“At this same fixture last year we shipped 81 points and didn’t look any where near as structured and that’s the positive message from this game.”