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Bedford Blues Academy U19s Results – 2010/2011
Date   Opponent   KO Result Pts Pts
            For A
Friday 03-Sep Loughborough Univ A 19:00 L 16 21
Saturday 11-Sep Leicester Tigers A 12:00 L 0 27
Saturday 18-Sep Ampthill (Cup) A 12:30 W 60 5
Saturday 25-Sep Training (Russell Park) H 11:30  
Wednesday 29-Sep RAF (vs Blues Devel XV) H 19:30 W 38 5
Saturday 02-Oct Cambridge Univ U21 H 15:00 W 38 10
Saturday 09-Oct Moseley A 15:00 W 27 0
Saturday 16-Oct Bedford Athletic (Cup) A 15:00 W 46 20
Saturday 23-Oct Nottingham H 14:00 W 35 5
Sunday 31-Oct RAF U23 H 14:00 W 38 0
Saturday 06-Nov Bedford University H 12:30 W 49 24
Saturday 13-Nov Oxford Univ U21 A 14:30 W 20 15
Saturday 20-Nov Kettering (Cup) H 13:00 W 76 3
Saturday 27-Nov Cambridge Univ U21 A 12:00 Cancelled  
Saturday 04-Dec Training (Goldington Rd) H 11:00  
Saturday 11-Dec Training (Russell Park) H 11:00  
Saturday 18-Dec Worcester A 14:30 Cancelled  
Saturday 25-Dec No Game  
Saturday 01-Jan No Game  
Saturday 08-Jan Derby H 14:00 W 76 0
Saturday 15-Jan Training (Russell Park) H 12:30  
Sunday 23-Jan Shrewsbury (Cup) A 14:00 W 59 0
Saturday 29-Jan Northampton Saints A 11:30 W 30 14
Saturday 05-Feb Loughborough Univ H 14:00 W 44 12
Sunday 13-Feb Westoe (Cup) A 13:00 W 28 0
Saturday 19-Feb Northampton Saints H 14:00 L 3 24
Saturday 26-Feb Loughborough Univ A 14:00 W 34 12
Saturday 05-Mar Leicester Tigers (Russell Park) H 13:30 L 25 46
Saturday 12-Mar Training  
Sunday 20-Mar Gosforth (Cup Q Final) H 15:00 W 81 7
Sunday 27-Mar London Scottish H 13:00 Cancelled  
Saturday 02-Apr Nottingham A 14:00 Cancelled  
Saturday 09-Apr Training  
Sunday 17-Apr Newbury (Cup Semi Final) A 14:00 W 34 12
Saturday 23-Apr Day Off  
Saturday 30-Apr Training H 11:00  
Monday 02-May Redingensians - Cup Final A 15:15 W 38 10
               

 

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End of Season Awards:

The following awards were presented at the Blues Academy dinner on May 6th by the Bedford Blues President Gareth Davies.

Player of the Season:              George Messum

Young Player of the Season:     Ali Price

Most Improved Player:             Khrys Speed

Hooker Khrys Speed

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues

Blues scrum half – Ali Price

Photo c/o Times & Citizen

No 8 George Messum

 

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Redingensians 10pts: Bedford Blues Academy U19s 38 pts:

Monday 2nd May 2011

National Colts Knock Out Cup Final

 

Bedford Blues won the Investabroad Properties National Colts Cup for the fourth time in five seasons with a 38pts - 10 win over Redingensians in Monday's final at Franklin’s Gardens, home of Aviva Premiership club Northampton Saints.

Ince scores the first try

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues

Hooker Khrys Speed

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues

The Blues, looking nervous, made a shaky start.  With Bedford dominating possession, and the pack giving Redingensians a tough time up front, the Blues managed to squander a whole series of scoring opportunities.  With some poor decision making, over optimistic offloads, and missed passes from the Blues, Redingensians managed to break out of their 22 on a number of occasions.  It was not until half way through the 1st half that the Blues scored their 1st try; a kick ahead from Redingensians was fielded on the half way by flanker Any Ince.  He made ground and, spotting a gap, kicked ahead, followed up and touched down for the first score of the game.  Fly half Elliot Bale converted.  Immediately from the kick off the Blues struck again.  The kick off failed to go 10ms and the Blues opted for a scrum on the centre spot.  No.8 George Messum picked up from the base of the scrum and made a great break, he was tackled in the corner but slipped the ball inside for scrum half Ali Price in support to score.  Bale converted and the Blues were 14pts – 0 ahead.  The Blues continued to pressurise and close to half time, after a good individual break, centre Steve Smith scored under the posts, Bale converted.  Redingensians struck straight back and centre Dominic Gosling cut through to offload to winger Sean McDermottroe to score in the corner; 21pts – 5 to Bedford at half time.

Price scores his 2nd try

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues

Bale gets the ball away

 Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues

 Bedford began to settle after half time and take control of the game.  After a period of pressure, and a series of penalties in the Redingensians 22, Price took a quick tap penalty and scored under the posts; Bale added the extras.  Redingensians struck back after a couple of minutes with a lineout close to the Blues line; a forward effort and flanker Thomas Vooght got the touchdown.  5 minutes later the Blues struck again; a lineout in the Redingensians 22; prop Will Allard was driven by the rest of the pack, a quick ball was won and moved quickly across the back line for winger Josh Bassett to score in the corner.  The best try of the game was probably the last; a kick into the Blues 22 was fielded by Price and the Blues counterattacked. The ball was taken on by full back De la Rey Veenendaal, Bassett linked and fed centre Felix Stretton who offloaded out of the tackle to Veenendaal up in support to score in the corner. 

George Messum breaks 

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues

Paul McGuckian (President EMRU)

presents the cup

 Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“Nerves got to the Blues today and we made a lot of unforced errors, especially in the first half.  This was not our best performance of the season but learning how to cope with a pressure environment is part of how players develop.”

 

“All credit to Redingensians, they kept bouncing back at us - after every score they came back with an attack.  They had a good counter attack, and stopped us settling into an attacking rhythm.”

 

“We were pleased with the improvement in the second half.  We were able to take more control and play the way we are capable of."

 

“A cup win at the end of the season is a great way to finish but looking back the most satisfying aspect of the season is how the squad have developed.  Three of them have stepped up to play for the Blues 1st XV, Josh Basset has been awarded a Development contract, others have trained with the 1st XV, and some will be invited to do so over the summer.  The squad has improved individually and collectively over the season and some of the youngsters offer real potential for the future.”

 

“Thanks must go to a long list of people who helped to make a successful season end with a trophy; the physio team of Harriet Cole, Nick Allen and Amy Bridge for keeping the squad fit, repairing injuries and acting as “agony aunts” to the squad;  the Blues supporters who have supported the team in many of their games; Nigel Rudgard, Andre Smit and Phil Dunn for their match day photography; Geoff Irvine, Gareth Davies and Mike Rayer for their encouragement and support over the season; the players’ parents who have been supportive over the whole season; and finally the coaching team of Mark Alderton, Steve Guest, James Hinkins, Dan Richmond and Ian Vass who became a very effective team over the season.”

 

 

The Blues celebrate 

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues

 

 

Bedford: 1. Ben Campbell, 2. Khrys Speed, 3. Curtis Weaver, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker,  6. Andy Ince, 7. Jake McCloud, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Ali Price, 10. Elliot Bale; 11. Josh Bassett (v.capt), 12. Steve Smith, 13. Alex Awenat, 14. Tom Chellew;  15. De la Rey Veenendaal: Subs; Ollie Clough, Will Allard, Jack Warrior, Sven Meilland, Will Kiddle, Lawrence Rayner, Felix Stretton:

Match Day Photos from the Blues Photographer, Nigel Rudgard, can be seen here http://frontrow.photium.com/

 

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Academy squad for Cup Final:

Monday 2nd May 2011

 

The Blues Academy have announced their squad to play in the National Colts Knock Out Cup Final against Redingensians on Monday May 2nd.  The game will be played at the Northampton Saints’ ground at Franklin’s Gardens.  Kick Off is at 3.15 pm.

 

The Blues make two changes to their semi-final squad; prop Ben Campbell returns with Will Allard moving to the bench, and Elliot Bale starts at fly half with Lawrence Rayner moving to the bench.  Bale is joined in the squad by wing Josh Bassett, centre Steve Smith, and No.8 George Messum; all four played in the Blues XV against the Barbarians in the Mobbs Memorial game 10 days ago.  Smith, who scored a try against the Barbarians, leaves the UK for New Zealand the day after the final.  He will be playing rugby for the next few months in Oamaru in North Otago, in a trip arranged via ex-Blues Director of Rugby Colin Jackson. Smith will be joined on the trip by prop Rob Laird, who misses the final due to injury, who will also be playing in Oamaru for the next few months.

 

Bedford, the current cup holders, make their 5th appearance in the finals, and their 4th in the last 5 years.  Their first final was in 2004 when they lost to a strong Leeds side with Danny Care at scrum half.  They have won the trophy a record 3 times and will be attempting to retain the trophy and to make this their 4th win in 5 years.  With the EMRU considering not allowing sides from Championship clubs to enter in future, this will probably be the last appearance of the Blues in the Colts Cup.

 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Ben Campbell

 

2

Khrys Speed

16

Ollie Clough

3

Curtis Weaver

17

Will Allard

4

Matt Dunn

5

Josh Walker

18

Jack Warrior

6

Jake McCloud

7

Andy Ince

19

Sven Meilland

8

George Messum (capt)

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

20

Will Kiddle

10

Elliot Bale

22

 Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett (v.capt)

 

12

Steve Smith

22

James MacMaster

13

Alex Awenat

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

De la Rey Veenendaal

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling Reserves: Jake Foster, Charlie Moore, Lloyd Rayer, Felix Streeton, Will Affleck.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …   

 

“A Cup Final is a great way to end the season, and Franklin’s Gardens is a great stadium to play at.  Redingensians are having a very good season; they are unbeaten this season.  They have won the Oxfordshire, Berks and Bucks U19 league, and had a very good win against Moseley in the semi-final by 28pts – 14.  They will present a real challenge.” 

 

“We were disappointed with our overall performance in the semi-final.  Our decision making was not sharp enough.  However a semi final away from home is always a tough game, and we are pleased that the lads toughed it out and delivered a convincing win, without playing at their best.  They are determined to put this right on Monday and end the season playing the rugby they are capable of.”

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Newbury U19s 12pts: Bedford Blues Academy U19s 34 pts:

Sunday 17th April 2011

National Colts Knock Out Cup – Semi Final

 

The Blues looking rusty, and short of match practice, were too strong for Newbury, beating them by 34pts – 12 to move into the final of the National Colts Knock Out Cup.

 

The Blues started the game at a cracking pace and after persistent Blues pressure the Newbury centre tackled Blues centre Steve Smith without the ball.  The Newbury player was sin binned and the Blues were awarded a penalty try; fly half Lawrence Rayner converted, and the Blues were 7pts ahead after 5 minutes.  The Blues continued to attack and after 13 minutes the Newbury tight head was sin binned for collapsing a driving maul as the Blues drove to the Newbury line.  Bedford kicked to touch for the 5m lineout, and drove over again, with prop Will Allard getting the touchdown.  The Blues continued to move the ball but the Newbury line held firm with some physical defence.  After one scrambled kick to touch the Blues took a quick lineout and the ball was moved quickly for winger Josh Bassett to score in the corner.  Newbury began to settle and started to attack the Blues line, and just before half time their right winger scored a good blindside try from a set scrum.  Bedford fly half Eliot Bale, on for Rayner, finished the 1st half with a well taken drop goal as the referee played advantage for Newbury infringement, to make the score 20pts – 7 at half time.

 

The Blues had a great start to the 2nd half when scrum half Ali Price took a quick tap penalty after 2 minutes to score under the posts; Bale converted and the Blues were 27pts – 7 ahead.  Newbury began to put tougher some good attacks and from one such attack Bedford won a turnover ball and countered from their own 22; Bassett scored his second try, Bale converted and the Blues were 34pts – 7 ahead.  The game in the last 15 minutes lost continuity as injuries hit both sides, and both sets of subs were fully utilised, before Newbury scored a good try from their right winger after some good attacking play.

 

The Blues ended as winners by 34pts -7 and move into the final of the competition.  They will play Redingensians (who beat Moseley by 28pts – 14 in the other semi-final).  This will be the Blues 4th appearance in the final in the last 5 years, and their 6th in total.  As holders they will be attempting to retain the trophy to make it 4 wins in last 5 years.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“This was a tough physical game on a very hot day.  Both sets of players will know they have been in a game the morning after.”

 

“We were disappointed with our overall performance.  Whist we were pleased with the fitness of the squad we were short of match practice, and it showed.  Our decision making was not sharp enough and at times we did not play the phases we should have done.”

 

“However a semi final away from home is always a tough game, and we are pleased that the lads toughed it out and delivered a convincing win, without playing at their best.  We have plenty to work on in training over the next couple of weeks”

 

The final will be at Franklins Gardens on Monday May 2nd, KO 3.00 pm.

 

Bedford: 1. Will Allard, 2. Khrys Speed, 3. Curtis Weaver, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker,  6. Andy Ince, 7. Jake McCloud, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Ali Price, 10. Lawrence Rayner; 11. Josh Bassett (v.capt), 12. Steve Smith, 13. Alex Awenat, 14. Tom Chellew;  15. De la Rey Veenendaal: Subs; Ollie Clough, Jack Warrior, Sven Meilland, Aidan Heron, Will Kiddle, Elliot Bale, James MacMaster:

 

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Academy squad for Semi Final:

Sunday 17th April 2011

 

The Blues Academy have announced their squad to play away at Newbury in the National Colts Knock Out Cup Semi Final this Sunday April 17th.  The game will be played at Newbury Rugby Football Club, Monks Lane, Newbury, Berks, RG14 7RW.  Kick Off is at 2.00 pm.

 

The Blues are without a number of their regulars: prop Josh Smith is on his way back from a knee injury, hooker Rob Laird is recovering from a hand injury, prop Ben Campbell is working away, and full back Dean Adamson broke his wrist last week.

 

The Blues have again picked a back line with lots of pace: Centre Steve Smith has recovered from illness and starts at centre and is paired with Alex Awenat; De la Rey Veenendaal (after his two tries at Twickenham in the Daily Mail Cup Final last week) starts at full back, and Josh Bassett (after his appearance last week for the 1st XV vs Cornish Pirates) and Tom Chellew make up a powerful pair of wingers.

 

 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Will Allard

 

2

Khrys Speed

16

Ollie Clough

3

Curtis Weaver

4

Matt Dunn

17

Jack Warrior

5

Josh Walker

6

Andy Ince

18

Sven Meilland

7

Jake McCloud

 

8

George Messum (capt)

19

Aidan Heron

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

20

Will Kiddle

10

Lawrence Rayner

22

 Elliot Bale

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett (v.capt)

 

12

Steve Smith

22

James MacMaster

13

Alex Awenat

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

De la Rey Veenendaal

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling Reserves: Jake Foster, Lloyd Rayer, Felix Streeton.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“A semi final away from home is always a tough game.  Newbury are having a very good season; they had a good win last week against Reading Abbey and will present a real challenge.” 

 

“With a couple of games cancelled over the last few weeks we are short of match practice, and we have concentrated in training on keeping the fitness levels high and a high level of contact to make up for the cancelled games.  Competition for places is intense and we have seen some really tough training sessions, more physical than some of our games, with everyone fighting hard for selection.  They are all raring to go and to get back into competitive rugby.” 

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Blues Academy vs Nottingham:

Saturday 2nd April 2011

CANCELLED

Unfortunately Nottingham U19s have cancelled the game due to be played on Saturday April 2nd.  We have tried to get an alternative fixture, but so far have been unable to do so.

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Blues Academy vs London Scottish:

Sunday 27th March 2011

CANCELLED

Unfortunately London Scottish U19s have cancelled the game due to be played on Sunday March 27th.  We have tried to get an alternative fixture, but so far have been unable to do so.

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THE NATIONAL COLTS CUP 2010 - 2011

 

After their 81pts – 7 win over Gosforth on Sunday, Bedford are joined in the semi-finals of the National Colts knock Out Cup Competition by Redingensians, Newbury and Moseley.  

The Blues have been drawn to play away against another “Blues” – Newbury.  The semi Final tie will be played on Sunday April 17th, Kick Off 2.00 pm at Newbury.

Round 6 - Quarter Finals

Bedford Blues    81pts:       Gosforth               7pts:

Redingensians   21pts:       Leighton Buzzard   3pts:

Newbury           26pts:       Hornets                 7pts:

Moseley            22pts:       Richmond             20pts:

Round 7 - Semi Finals

Newbury                    v       Bedford Blues

Redingensians            v       Moseley

 

The final will be played on Monday May 2nd at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton.

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 81 pts: Gosforth 7pts:

Saturday 20th March 2011

National Colts Knock Out Cup – Quarter Final

 

The Blues Academy Under 19s put together a comprehensive performance to beat a Gosforth side, who competed right to the end, by 81pts – 7, and move into the semi-finals of the National Colts Knock Out Cup.  With a total of 13 tries, and 8 conversions, the Blues outplayed Gosforth throughout the game.

 

The Blues started the game at a cracking pace and, after 3 phases, and quick ball from the forwards, centre Alex Awenat opened the scoring, with fly half Lawrence Rayner converting. Three minutes later the Blues pressurised a Gosforth scrum on the half way, scrum half Ali Price stole the ball, flanker Jake McCloud was in support and Awenat got his second try, Rayner his second conversion, and the Blues were 14pts ahead after 8 minutes.  The Blues kept up the pressure and Gosforth were unable to cope with the power and pace of Bedford, who went on to score a total of 7 tries in the first half; a good counter attack from Awenat, supported by flanker Andy Ince who put in winger Tom Chellew; Ince then scored himself; a back row move from a scrum and a good break by Price and full back Dean Adamson who fed Chellew for his second; the Blues ran a penalty from the half way line and centres Awenat and De la Rey Veenedaal combined to put in Adamson for a score; another Gosforth scrum was pressurised and flanker McCloud made a good break to put in Veenedaal.  Gosforth hit back and from a 5 metre lineout won a series of rucks before they drove over for a try from close range, scored by flanker Liam Mulick, converted by full back Nathan Bailey.  

 

Gosforth reorganised at half time and attacked the Blues from the kick off, putting together a series of good attacks, which the Blues held.  Bedford continued the second half in the same style of rugby as the first and scored a further 6 tries; winger Josh Bassett after a good break by flanker Aidan Heron; Chellew after a good break by No.8 George Messum; scrum half Will Kiddle after a back row move from a scrum; Ince gave a fine pass to put Chellew in for his fourth; a great counter attack move from Adamson put Veenedaal into space, he fed to Awenat who fed back to Veenedaal for a try under the posts; hooker Khrys Speed finished the game with a good support try.  With 8 conversions from Rayner the Blues finished as comprehensive winners.

Blues scrum half – Ali Price

Photo c/o Times & Citizen

Centre Alex Awenat scores

Photo c/o Times & Citizen

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“The benefits of the very hard run of games we have had, and the work we have done in training, were clear to see.  All credit to Gosforth who never gave up and competed right to the end of the game.

 

“This was a real team performance from the Blues, with power and pace throughout; the forwards produced some great quick ball, they supported and linked well, and the backs pace and finishing was excellent.  There are a number of areas we need to work on; our defensive organisation and our finishing need to be sharper, but with 13 tries, and playing some great rugby, we are delighted how the squad are responding to the challenges we are setting them in training".                   

 

The Blues have been drawn to play away at Newbury in the Semi-Final.  This will be played at Newbury on Sunday April 17th, Kick Off 2.00 pm.

 

Bedford: 1. Rob Laird, 2. Khrys Speed, 3. Curtis Weaver, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Jake McCloud, 7. Andy Ince, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Ali Price, 10. Lawrence Rayner; 11. Josh Bassett (v.capt), 12. Alex Awenat, 13. De la Rey Veenendaal, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Dean Adamson: Subs; Will Allard, Ben Campbell, Aidan Heron, Ollie Clough, Will Kiddle, James MacMaster, Felix Stretton:

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Academy squad for Cup Tie:

Sunday 20th March 2011

 

The Blues Academy have announced their squad to play Gosforth in the National Colts Knock Out Cup Quarter Final tie at Goldington Road, on Sunday March 20th.  Kick Off is at 3.00 pm.

 

The Blues select from a near full strength squad.  Fly half Elliot Bale (injured) and centre Steve Smith (illness) miss the game but prop Ben Campbell returns from injury, and flanker Ollie Clough and centre De la Rey Veenendaal return from school commitments.

 

The side is captained by No. 8 George Messum, with winger Josh Bassett as vice captain.

 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Rob Laird

16 

Ben Campbell

2

Khrys Speed

3

Curtis Weaver

17

Will Allard

4

Matt Dunn

5

Josh Walker

6

Jake McCloud

18

Aidan Heron

7

Andy Ince

19  

Ollie Clough

8

George Messum (capt)

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

20

Will Kiddle

10

Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett (v.capt)

 

12

Alex Awenat

21

James MacMaster

13

De la Rey Veenendaal

22

Felix Streeton

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Dean Adamson

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling Reserves: Darrell Dyer, Lloyd Rayer.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“Gosforth have a number of Newcastle Falcons Academy players in their squad, and a strong back line, with some real pace.”  

 

“Training has gone well over the last two weeks and the lads are all looking forward to the game.  We are now getting to the business end of the season, and it will be good to see how the lads respond to playing in front of what will, hopefully, be a big crowd.“

 

“We have selected what is probably the fastest back line we have ever had in the Academy, and we are all looking forward to a good game.” 

 

The Academy Cup game kicks off at 3.00 pm straight after the Blues Championship Play Off game against Cornish Pirates, which kicks off at 1.05 pm.

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 25 pts: Leicester Tigers 46pts:

Saturday 5th March 2011

 

The Blues were beaten in a cracking game of rugby by 46pts – 25 by a very strong Leicester side at Russell Park.  Leicester, one the RFU funded Academies, are probably the best U19 club side in the country, and have only lost twice this season, once last week against Wales.

 

Leicester gave an early indication of how they would play when a early mistake by the Blues was punished by a break away from the Tigers, which the Blues managed to stop with a last ditch tackle.  The Blues took an early lead with a penalty from fly half Lawrence Rayner.  Tigers got their first score when they worked a simple overlap for their inside centre to score in the left corner.  Rayer kicked another penalty to restore the Blues lead to 6pts – 5.  The rest of the half belonged to Tigers who scored two further tries with a conversion to go into the half time break 22pts – 6 ahead.  The Leicester game plan was simple, and very well executed; big powerful forwards who drove the ball down the middle, sucking in the defence, to create space out wide which was exploited by big, hard running backs with some real pace.    

 

Tigers opened the scoring in the 2nd half with a good try.  The Blues upped their intensity and took the game to the Tigers, and began to compete more effectively.  After a series of good attacks Rayner cut through to score under the posts to give himself an easy conversion to make the score 27pts – 13.  Tigers hit back to go 34pts – 13 up.  Bedford countered and winger Alex Awenat showed real pace, and two strong handoffs, to finish off a break by George Messum and score in the corner; Rayner converted from the touchline to make the score 34pts - 20.  The pattern was repeated with Tigers scoring again and the Blues hitting back, this time with a try from centre Felix Streeton.  Tigers finished the game with probably the try of the game, from their full back, from a set scrum inside their own half, to make the final score 46pts – 25.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“This was a great game.  I thought Leicester, played some outstanding rugby today, and are probably the best U19 club side we have played since the Leeds side of 7 years ago which had Danny Care at scrum half.”

 

 “The last 6 weeks have been some of the toughest rugby our lads have encountered.  With two wins against Loughborough Univ Development XV, a win in the long away trip to Westoe, one win and one loss against Saints, and a loss to Tigers, this has been an excellent 6 weeks.  They will have learnt a huge amount from this series of games, which will hold them in good stead in the last couple of months of the season.”  

 

“With a break next week we now have two weeks of training and preparation for the Gosforth Cup game.”

 

The Blues play Gosforth in the National Colts Cup Quarter Final on Sunday, March 20th at Goldington Road.  Kick off is 3 pm, immediately after the Blues 1st XV Championship Play Off game against Cornish Pirates.

 

Bedford: 1. Will Allard, 2. Khrys Speed, 3. Curtis Weaver, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Bryan White, 7. George Messum (capt), 8. Josh Leszczuk; 9. Ali Price, 10. Lawrence Rayner; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. James MacMaster, 13. Steve Smith, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Dean Adamson: Subs; Rob Laird, Jack Warrior, Jake McCloud, Andy Ince, Aidan Heron, Will Kiddle, Alex Awenat, Felix Stretton:

 

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Blues Academy to face Leicester Tigers:

Saturday 5th March 2011

 

The Blues Academy have announced their U19 squad to face Leicester Tigers Academy U19s, this Saturday at Russell Park - KO 1.30pm.

Although the Blues are still without a number of players; props Josh Smith (knee) and Ben Campbell (ankle), 2nd row Darrell Dyer (unavailable), flanker Ollie Clough (school 7s), fly half Elliot Bale (leg) and centre De la Rey Veenendaal (school Daily Mail Cup game), there are a number who return; props Rob Laird and Curtis Weaver, flanker Aidan Heron, centres Alex Awenat and Felix Streeton, and wingers Tom Chellew and Josh Bassett all return to the squad.

No 8. Josh Leszczuk, who has played for Saracens A team, makes his debut, and the side is captained by George Messum who starts on the flank.   

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Will Allard

   

2

Khrys Speed

16 Rob Laird

3

Curtis Weaver

   

4

Matt Dunn

17

Jack Warrior

5

Josh Walker

6

Bryan White

18 Jake McCloud

7

George Messum (capt)

19  

Andy Ince

8

Josh Leszczuk

20

Aidon Heron

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

21

Will Kiddle

10

Lawrence Rayner

   

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

   

12

James MacMaster

22 Felix Streeton

13

Steve Smith (v.capt)

23 Alex Awenat

14

Tom Chellew

   

 

 

 

 

15

Dean Adamson

 

 

 

 

 

Leicester, one the RFU funded Academies, beat the Blues in September, by 27pts - 0, at the Tigers training ground in Oadby.

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“We played well last week against L'boro University but this week’s game against Leicester Tigers will be another step up in quality." 

"Leicester, one of the RFU funded Academies, are probably the best Premiership Academy in the country, and have only lost once all season (to Saints).  They beat us in September, and it will a real test for our players to see how we have developed as a squad since then.  Playing against the top Premiership Academies is great development for our players, and a challenge they all relish.

With a 1.30 pm Kick Off Blues supporters will have time to watch most of the Academy game, and then watch the Blues B&I Cup tie against Leinster at Goldington Road, Kick Off 3.00 pm.

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L’boro U Devel XV 12 pts: Bedford Blues Academy U19s 34 pts:

Saturday 26th February 2011

 

In a tough physical game, the Blues Academy, were too strong for the older Loughborough Univ Development XV, winning by 34pts – 12, in a very good game of rugby.

  

The Blues had a good start and, attacking from the kick off, put L’boro under early pressure.  After a series of infringements by L’boro, fly half Elliot Bale opened the scoring with a penalty for the Blues.  The Blues forwards took control of the game, and getting on top in the set pieces, dominated possession in the contact area.  Without the ball the L’boro side defended well and managed to hold out against attack after attack from the Blues.  It was not until after a half hour that the Blues scored their first try; the Blues forwards, demolished the L,boro pack in a 5 metre scrum, the ball was moved quickly, L’boro infringed and scrum half Ali Price took a quick tap and scored, Bale converted and the Blues were 10 pts – 0 ahead.  The University kicked off, and with the Blues asleep, L,boro managed to gain possession in the Blues half for the first time in the game.  The University won a five metre scrum, and attacked the blind side to score in the corner.  The Blues hit back through a good counter attack; winger Dean Adamson made good ground, and the ball was kept alive by centre Steve Smith and second row Josh Walker; flanker Jake McCloud finished the move to score; Bale converted and the Blues were 17pts – 5 ahead at half time.

 

The Blues took control of the game again after half time and, after a series of good attacks, Smith put in a neat kick to the corner for centre De la Rey Veenendaal to score in the corner.  The Blues continued to dominate possession and L’boro had to work hard in defence.  Strong defence by the students, gave them a turnover ball and they scored a good breakaway try from their No.8.  The conversion from their fly half made the score 22pts – 12 to the Blues.  The Blues scored two further tries to seal the game; prop Ben Campbell scored in the corner after the Blues backs and forwards had combined to make good ground; and the Blues had the last say when after a fine attack Adamson was held up over the line, The Blues pack won a good 5 metre scrum, and the ball was moved quickly along the line for Veenedaal to cut through to score under the posts; full back Lawrence Rayner converted and the Blues were winners by 34pts – 12.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“This was a great game, and one of the most physical we have had all season.  The defence by L’boro was outstanding and the quality of the tackling from both sides was great to see.  Both sets of players will know they have been in a hard game when they wake up on Sunday.”

 

“We had a lot of players missing for this game due to injury and availability and it was great to see how well our squad performed.  It shows that we have real depth in the squad.  I was particularly pleased to see how well some of the younger players did against players 2 – 3 years older than them.  Our forwards were excellent against an older side, and the linking between forwards and backs kept the ball alive, and allowed us to play a high paced game.”

 

 “Next week’s game against Leicester Tigers will be another step up in quality.  Leicester, another of the RFU funded Academies, beat us in September, and it will a real test for our players to see how they have developed as a squad since then.”

 

Bedford: 1. Will Allard, 2. Khrys Speed, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Bryan White, 7. Jake McCloud, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Ali Price, 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Dean Adamson, 12. James MacMaster, 13 Steve Smith, 14. De la Rey Veenendaal; 15. Lawrence Rayner: Subs; Jack Warrior, Jake Foster, Andy Ince, Will Kiddle, Sven Meilland, Oliver Petrides:

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Blues Academy to face Loughborough Univ Devel XV:

The Blues Academy have announced their squad to play the Loughborough University Devel XV away on Saturday February 26th - Kick Off 2.00 pm.

The Blues beat Loughborough at Goldington Road three weeks ago by 44pts - 12, but the University beat the Blues by 21pts - 16 back in September in Loughborough.

The Blues are without props Rob Laird (ankle injury), Curis Weaver (unavailable) and Josh Smith (knee), 2nd row Darrell Dyer (unavailable), flankers Ollie Clough (unavailable) and Aidan Heron (ill), full back Lloyd Rayer (concussion), centres Alex Awenat (neck) and Felix Streeton (hand), and wingers Tom Chellew (unavailable) and Josh Bassett (in 1st XV vs Moseley).

 

Centres De la Rey Veenendaal returns and flanker Bry White (Junior Blues and Saracens) and centre Oliver Petrides (Oundle School) make their debuts.

   

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Will Allard

   

2

Khrys Speed

16 Josh Peters

3

Curtis Weaver

   

4

Matt Dunn

17

Jack Warrior

5

Josh Walker

6

Bryan White

18 Jake Foster

7

Jake McCloud

19  

Andy Ince

8

George Messum (capt)

 

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

20

Will Kiddle

10

Elliot Bale

   

 

 

 

 

11

Dean Adamson

21 Sven Meilland

12

James MacMaster

   

13

Steve Smith (v.capt)

22 Oliver Petrides

14

De la Rey Veenendaal

   

 

 

 

 

15

Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blues Academy U19s 3 pts: Saints Academy 24pts:

Saturday 19th February 2011

  

Bedford Blues Academy fell to a 24pts - 3 defeat against a strong, well-drilled Northampton Saints Academy.  This was a re-run of a clash that took place three weeks ago when the Blues beat Saints 30pts - 14 at Franklin’s Gardens. This time Saints were the better side, and the Blues were on the losing side for the first game since early September.

 

Saints took the lead after just one minute when full back Glynn Hughes kicked a penalty.  Saints extended the lead  after 5 minutes; the Blues counterattacked from deep in their own 22, for winger Dean Adamson to be hauled down inside the Saints 22, Saints won the ball and launched their own counterattack which ended when No.8 Dan Malafosse broke free from a tackle and crashed over the line; Hughes converted.  This was high paced quality rugby from both sides.  Bedford did well up front, but made some basic mistakes in attack, and the pace of Northampton’s backs kept the Blues under pressure with counter attacks.  Fly half Elliot Bale kicked Bedford’s only points of the game after 30 minutes when he slotted over a penalty.  Saints extended their lead just before half time when Saints again counterattacked from deep for Malafosse to score his second; Hughes converted and Saints went into half time 17pts – 3 ahead.

 

After the break the Blues increased the pace, by the Saints defence held.  Saints scored their 3rd try when ex-Blues flanker, Ben Nutley, who has played for Saints 1st XV this season, crashed over from close range, with Hughes converting.  Saints played the last five minutes of the game with 14 men, when England prop Danny Hobbs was sent off for stamping.

Bedford Blues Academy scrum down against Northampton Saints

Blues scrum down against Saints

Matt Dunn wins the lineout

  

Blues Academy director Denis Ormesher said ….. “This was a good game, with both sides playing some good rugby, in difficult conditions.  We lost the game in the first half when our defence to the counterattack let us down.  We had enough chances to win the game but we did not make the most of them.  Saints were a lot more clinical with their chances which allowed them to pick up the win.”

 

“Our second half performance improved, and our defence in the second half was good.  Saints picked a very strong squad this week, and they were determined to reverse the result of three weeks ago.  They paid us a real compliment by picking their strongest side, including in their squad a number of their full time Academy players, including Ben Nutley, the England U19 back row forward, and England props Danny Herriott and Danny Hobbs.”

 

“Saints are one of the RFU funded Premiership Academies, with great facilities at Franklin's Gardens, full time coaches, and some very good players.  Playing against these top Premiership Academies is great development for our players.  This was a good test for the Blues squad, who will learn a lot from the game.”

 

“We have two more tough games coming up in the next two weeks; away to Loughborough University Development XV next week, and home to Leicester Tigers the week after.”

 

Bedford: 1. Josh Smith, 2. Khrys Speed, 3. Curtis Weaver, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Aiddan Heron, 7. Andy Ince, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Ali Price, 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Dean Adamson, 12. James MacMaster, 13. Steve Smith, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Lawrence Rayner: Subs; Will Allard, Jack Warrior, Jake Foster, Jake McCloud, Will Kiddle, George Humphries, Michael Palladino, Felix Streeton, Charlie Moore.

 

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Blues Academy to face Saints:

The Blues Academy will face the Northampton Saints Academy at Goldington Road on Saturday February 19th - Kick Off 2.00 pm.

The Blues beat Saints at Franklin's Gardens two weeks ago by 30pts - 14.

Saints will bring a strong side to Goldington Road this week and will include in their squad a number of their full time Academy players, including Ben Nutley, the England U19 back row forward, who has already played for Saints 1st XV this season.

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 “We are now half way through a tough 6 week programme which will really stretch the squad.  This week we play Saints at home, followed by Loughborough University away and Leicester Tigers at home.”  

“We played well to beat Saints two weeks ago in one of our toughest games so far this season, and the lads responded well to the test.  Our defence was excellent and the team spirit, and passion to play for the Blues, was great to see. We know that Saints will bring a very strong squad to Goldington Road this week, and that they will be determined to win to reverse the score of two weeks ago.  Saints are a very good Academy - they are one of the RFU funded Premiership Academies, with great facilities at Franklin's Gardens, full time coaches, and some very good full time players.  Playing against the top Premiership Academies is great development for our players.  This will be a good test for the Blues squad, who are relishing the challenge.”

 

After their win away in the Cup at Westoe last week the Blues make a number of changes to their lineup. 

 

The Blues are still without prop/hooker Rob Laird (ankle injury), full back Lloyd Rayer (concussion) and centres De la Rey Veenendaal (playing for Midlands) and Alex Awenat (neck injury) - the Blues are also without prop Ben Campbell (unavailable), 2nd row Darrell Dyer (injured), flanker Ollie Clough (unavailable) and Josh Bassett (with 1st XV at Plymouth).

 

Bedford School players fly half George Humphries and winger Michael Palladino make their debuts for the Blues.  The side is captained by No. 8 George Messum.

 

   

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Josh Smith

16

Will Allard

2

Khrys Speed

17 Josh Peters

3

Curtis Weaver

   

4

Matt Dunn

18

Jack Warrior

5

Josh Walker

6

Aidan Heron

19 Jake Foster

7

Andy Ince

20  

Jake McCloud

8

George Messum (capt)

 

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

21

Will Kiddle

10

Elliot Bale

22 

George Humphries

 

 

 

 

11

Dean Adamson

23 Michael Palladino

12

James MacMaster

24

Felix Streeton 

13

Steve Smith (v.capt)

 

14

Tom Chellew

25

Charlie Moore

 

 

 

 

15

Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blues Academy get home draw in Quarter Finals:

After four out of five ties away from home this season, the Blues Academy name was first "out of the hat" at the EMRU draw to give them a welcome home tie in the Quarter Finals of the National Colts Knock Out Cup. They will play Gosforth on Sunday March 20th. The game will Kick Off at 3.00 pm, at Goldington Road, after the Blues 1st XV Championship Play Off game, which will be against either Cornish Pirates, or London Welsh, and will be televised live on SKY TV.

Bedford Blues

vs

Gosforth

Redinghensians

vs

Leighton Buzzard

Newbury

vs

Hornets

Moseley

vs

Richmond

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 “We are all delighted that Mike Rayer has arranged for the Blues 1st XV to play their Championship Play Off game as a curtain raiser to the Academy game.  We look forward to a big crowd to support the Academy youngsters in this game."

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Westoe U19s 0 pts: Bedford Blues Academy U19s 28 pts:

National Colts Knock Out Cup – Round 5

Sunday 13th February 2011

 

After a long trip to the North East, and an overnight stay, the Blues Academy arrived in the rain to find the pitch at Westoe unplayable.  A big thank you to the Chairmen of Westoe, and their local neighbours Jarrovians Rugby Club, who managed to make the Jarrovians pitch and changing rooms available at short notice for the game to be played.  In blustery conditions with the rain getting heavier as the game progressed, the Blues were too strong for Westoe and won by 28pts – 0 to move into the National Colts Cup Quarter Finals.

 

The game was evenly matched for the first quarter, with both packs fighting for every ball, and both back lines struggling in the wind and rain.  The Blues took the lead after 15 minutes when a good period of play by the forwards set up a position on the right – winger Tom Chellew broke and his kick ahead was touched down by centre Felix Streeton, who converted his try, to put the Blues ahead by 7pts – 0.  The Blues extended their lead 10 minutes later, when Chellew made another good break to score in the corner, Street converted with a fine kick from the touchline, to make the half time score 14pts - 0.

 

As the conditions deteriorated the game became a battle of the forwards.  The Blues pack were able to put some structure into the game with a series of pick and drives.  No. 8 George Messum scored two 2nd half tries, one converted by Streeton, and one by centre Steve Smith, from the touchline, to make the final score 28pts – 0 to the Blues.  The Blues have a home draw in the Quarter Finals against Gosforth, in a game to be played by Sunday March 20th.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“Conditions were poor for both sides, and both sets of players did well to cope with them.  Whilst it is great to see the lads trying to keep the ball alive, at times the Blues should have been less ambitious and controlled the game more – some of our offloads were a bit optimistic, in very poor conditions.”

 

“This was not a “pretty” game to watch, but a win to nil away from home in poor conditions is what cup rugby is all about.  The lads will learn from this the need to control games more in future.  Our defence in the last 10 minutes was excellent, when Westoe, although beaten, were determined to get a score, but the Blues defence held out.”

 

The Blues Academy play Saints Academy at home on Saturday.  Saints will be looking to avenge the defeat by the Blues of three weeks ago and are expected to select a strong side. The Blues Academy vs Saints Academy game is on Saturday February 19th and kicks off at 2.00 pm at Goldington Rd.

 

Bedford: 1. Josh Smith, 2. Khrys Speed, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Darrell Dyer, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Andy Ince, 7. Ollie Clough, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Ali Price, 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Felix Streeton, 13. Steve Smith, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Dean Adamson: Subs; Will Allard, Curtis Weaver, Matt Dunn, Jake McCloud, Will Kiddle, Lawrence Rayner, James MacMaster:

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Academy Cup Squad announced:

Westoe U19s vs Bedford Academy U19s

 

Sunday 13th February 2011

Kick Off 1.00 pm 

 

National Colts Knock Out Cup  

    

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play Westoe in Round 5 of the National Colts Knock Out Cup away on Sunday 13th February, Kick Off 1.00 pm.  

 

After their win last week against the Loughborough University Devel XV the Blues make a number of changes to their lineup. 

 

The Blues are without prop/hooker Rob Laird (ankle injury), hooker Josh Peters (hamstring), full back Lloyd Rayer (concussion) and centres De la Rey Veenendaal (playing for Midlands) and Alex Awenat (neck injury).

 

Fly half Elliot Bale, winger Josh Bassett, and centre Steve Smith, all who appeared in the Blues 1st XV squad in the B&I Cup game away against Swansea this week, return to the squad.  Also coming back into the lineup are prop Josh Smith, second row Darryl Dyer, flankers Andy Ince and Ollie Clough, scrum half Ali Price and centre Felix Streeton, all who were rested from the starting line up last week.  The side is captained by No. 8 George Messum.

 

   

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Josh Smith

16

Will Allard

2

Khrys Speed

3

Ben Campbell

17

Curtis Weaver

4

Darryl Dyer

18

Matt Dunn

5

Josh Walker

6

Andy Ince

7

Ollie Clough

19  

Jake McCloud

8

George Messum (capt)

 

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

20

Will Kiddle

10

Elliot Bale

21 

Lawrence Rayner 

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

12

Felix Streeton 

22

James MacMaster

13

Steve Smith (v.capt)

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Dean Adamson

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling Reserves: Jake Foster, Charlie Moore

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …   “The lads have trained well this week, after a tough game last week against Loughborough University.  Whilst our performance last week was good, there were a number of aspects of our game we have worked on to improve this week, especially in the contact area.

 

We are all looking forward to the cup game.  It is a long trip and it gives the squad some time to spend together.  Cup games are always tough and this one will be no different.  Westoe had a good win last week against Durham to move into the semi-final of the Durham Cup, and will present a tough challenge on their own turf.  With the weather forecast looking very wet, we are glad that Westoe have booked an artificial rubber crumb pitch as a back up.”

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Academy players appear for Blues in B & I Cup     

Congratulations to Blues Academy players Elliot Bale (fly half), Josh Bassett (wing), and Steve Smith (centre) who appeared in the Blues 1st XV squad in the B&I Cup game away against Swansea last night.  The Blues won by 43pts - 9 and move into the B&I Cup Quarter Final.

Bassett played the full game, and scored one of the Blues tries, and Bale and Smith both appeared off the bench in the second half.

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“It is great to see the three Academy lads do so well.  They have trained hard all season and deserved their chance.  This will give a real buzz to the rest of the playing squad, and real satisfaction to the coaching team, who have worked on their development over the last couple of years.  The lads will be back training with the Academy tonight in preparation for our Cup game away to Westoe on Sunday."

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 44 pts: L’boro U Devel XV 12 pts:

Saturday 5th February 2011

 

In a scrappy game played in a high wind, the Blues Academy, with only 5 of the starting line up that beat Saints last week, were too strong for the older Loughborough Univ Development XV, winning by 44pts – 12 at Goldington Road.

   

Bedford rang the changes, to give a start to a number of last week’s bench, and were too strong for Loughborough University Development XV.  The Blues took an early lead when, from a counter attack, from inside their own 22, they worked the ball into the Univ 22, the students infringed and fly half Lawrence Rayner kicked a penalty.  Five minutes later the Blues extended their lead when they counterattacked from a penalty in their own 22 and won a scrum in the L’boro 22.  Centre Alex Awenat flattened his opposite number and winger Tom Chellew scooped up the loose ball to score, Rayer converted and the Blues were 10pts – 0 ahead.  Chellew retuned the favour after 30 minutes when he made a good break and offloaded to Awenat for a good score.  With the Blues 15pts – 0 ahead, and in control, concentration lapsed and the University began to pressurise the Blues.  The students began to run the ball well from defence, and the Blues began to lose the contact zone, and had too many balls, that they took into contact, that they allowed the students to turnover.  The University attacked through their pack and moved the ball quickly for centre Mike Rauchwerger to score a good try.  The University continued the pressure and just before half time scored a good converted try to make the half time score 15pts -12 to Bedford.

 

The Blues started off the 2nd half with more focus.  A break from fly half Elliott Bale, who offloaded to hooker Josh Peters, nearly led to a score, before a scrum on the Univ 22 allowed Bedford to move the ball for No.8 George Messum to score, centre Felix Streeton converted.  Bedford managed to take more control of the game and attacked the University through their forwards.  Streeton kicked a penalty and prop Josh Smith scored under the posts for Streeton to convert to put the Blues 30pts – 12 ahead.  The Blues scored two more good tries from winger Josh Bassett, both converted by Streeton.  The University put the Blues under intense pressure in the last 10 minutes but the Blues defence held and denied them the score, to end the game with the Blues winners by 44pts – 12.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“This was a scrappy game, with the strong wind making it difficult for both sides.  We took the decision to test the depth on our squad, and started with only 5 of last week’s starting line up who beat Saints.” 

 

“Whilst the game was scrappy, and we turned over far too many balls, and have a lot to work on this week, especially in the contact area, this was a performance which showed the depth in the squad.  The lads who came in did well and have given us some real selection headaches – exactly the sort of problems a coach wants to have.”

 

 “This was the 2nd game of a very tough 6 week programme which will really stretch the squad.  Next week we have the long away trip to Westoe in the cup.  This is followed by Saints at home, Loughborough University away and Leicester Tigers at home.  However our focus over the next seven days is the cup game, and nothing else.”  

 

Bedford: 1. Will Allard, 2. Khrys Speed, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Aidan Heron, 7. Jake Foster, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Will Affleck, 10. Lawrence Rayner; 11. Dean Adamson, 12. James MacMaster, 13. Alex Awenat, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Lloyd Rayer: Subs; Josh Smith, Josh Peters, Jack Warrior, Jake McCloud, Will Kiddle, Elliott Bale, Josh Bassett, Felix Streeton, Steve Smith:

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Academy Squad to play Loughborough University announced:

Bedford Academy U19s vs Loughborough University

Saturday 5th February 2011 - Kick Off 2.00 pm     

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play the Loughborough University Devel XV at Goldington Road on Saturday 5th February, Kick Off 2.00 pm.  After their win last week against the Northampton Saints Academy the Blues make a number of changes to their lineup.  The Blues lost to Loughborough University Devel XV by 21pts – 16 early in the season (one of only 2 games they have lost this season) and will be looking to overturn this result.  

The Blues are without hooker Rob Laird (broken ankle), centre De la Rey Veenendaal (playing for Midlands) and flankers Ollie Clough (playing for the Public School Barbarians) and Andy Ince (playing for English Colleges).  

   

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Will Allard

16

Josh Smith

2

Khrys Speed

17

Josh Peters

3

Ben Campbell

4

Darryl Dyer

18

Jack Warrior

5

Matt Dunn

19

Josh Walker

6

Aidan Heron

7

Jake Foster

20

Jake McCloud

8

George Messum (capt)

 

 

 

 

 

9

Will Affleck

21

Will Kiddle

10

Lawrence Rayner 

22 

Elliot Bale

 

 

 

 

11

Dean Adamson

23

Josh Bassett

12

James MacMaster

24

Felix Streeton 

13

Alex Awenat

25

Steve Smith

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Lloyd Rayer

 
       

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …   “Our performance last week against Saints was good, in one of our toughest games so far this season, and the lads responded well to the test.  Our defence was excellent and the team spirit, and passion to play for the Blues, was great to see.” 

“This week will also be a tough test.  The University Devel XV will be a couple of years older than the Blues, and they played a very physical game when we met them in September.  This will be a good test in advance of our cup game next week.”

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Northampton Saints Academy 14 pts: Bedford Blues Academy U19s 30 pts:

Saturday 29th January 2011

 

Bedford Blues, watched by the Saints senior coaching team of Jim Mallinder and Dorian West, had a good win over the RFU funded Northampton Saints Academy.  Ahead by 24pts – 7 at half time the Blues went on to win by 30pts – 14 in a fast paced physical game at Franklin’s Gardens.

 

The Blues opened the scoring after 2 minutes when from the kick off they moved the ball quickly to the right, won the ruck and moved the ball quickly to the left to wing Josh Bassett who made ground; the Blues won a quick ruck, and with the Saints defence spread out, second row Darryl Dyer took a good ball from fly half Elliott Bale to score under the posts.  Centre Felix Streeton converted and the Blues were 7pts – 0 ahead without Saints having touched the ball.  Saints kicked off and the Blues took the ball back into the Saints 22.  Northampton tried to run the ball from their own 22 but phase after phase they were unable to get through the Blues defence.  After 5 – 6 phases of trying the Blues forced a loose ball when Dyer and hooker Josh Peters flattened the ball carrier, the ball spilled loose and centre Steve Smith scooped up the ball on the Saints 22 and scored under the posts, Street converted and the Blues were 14pts – 0 ahead after 7 minutes.  Saints began to fight back and narrowed the gap to 14pts – 7, when after 20 minutes their full back took a good line onto the ball to score under the posts.  Bedford took the game back into the Saints half and extended their lead with a penalty from Streeton.  The Bedford pack were beginning to put Saints under real pressure and the defence of the Blues stifled the Saints attacks.  One such “pressure defence” forced an error by the Saints backs, winger Tom Chellew intercepted a loose pass and raced 50 metres to score under the posts, Streeton converted and the Blues were 24pts – 7 ahead at half time.

 

The Blues settled into the 2nd half well and maintained control.  Bale extended the Blues lead with a drop goal after 7 minutes and a penalty after 12 minutes to put the Blues 30pts – 7 ahead. The last half hour was a tight game with both sides’ attacks being stopped by strong defence.  Saints narrowed the gap at the end of the half with a try from their left wing, converted by the fly half, to make the final score 30pts – 14 to the Blues.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“This was good performance from the Blues.  With less than half of our squad Under 19 year and the rest Under 18s and Under 17s we were probably only about 6 months older, on average, than the Saints who were an Under 18 side.  This was one of our toughest games so far this season and the lads responded well to the test.  Our defence was excellent and the team spirit, and passion to play for the Blues, was great to see.  There are things we need to work on to improve and it was great to hear the lads after the game talking as much about what they need to work on and improve, as they talked about what went well.”

 

“This was the first game of a very tough 6 week programme which will really stretch the squad.  Next week we play at home against Loughborough University and the week after we have the long away trip to Westoe in the cup.  This is followed by Saints at home, Loughborough University away and Leicester Tigers at home.  This run will really test the squad and, with a number of the lads training with the 1st XV squad, should be great development for them.”  

 

Bedford: 1.Josh Smith, 2. Josh Peters, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Darryl Dyer, 6. Andy Ince, 7. Ollie Clough, 8. George Messum; 9. Ali Price, 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Felix Streeton, 13. Steve Smith (capt), 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Dean Adamson: Subs; Will Allard, Curtis Weaver, Aidan Heron, Jake Foster, Will Affleck, Lawrence Rayner, Alex Awenat, Lloyd Rayer:

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Academy Squad to play Saints announced:

Northampton Saints Academy vs Bedford Academy

Saturday 29th January 2011 - Kick Off 11.30 am   

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play away against the Northampton Saints Academy on Saturday 29th January, Kick Off 11.30 am. 

Bedford select from a near full strength squad.  Winger Josh Bassett, and fly half Elliott Bale, return to the starting line-up after their trip to Wales with the Blues 1st XV in the B&I Cup last week; No 8 George Messum returns after his trip to Canada, and Andy Ince and Aidan Heron return after representative duty – Ince with English Colleges and Heron with Irish Exiles U18s.  Darryl Dyer moves to the 2nd row, and Josh Peters gets the starting position at hooker.  The side is captained by centre Steve Smith.  With Blues players 2nd row Jack Warrior and scrum half Will Kiddle, and Bedford School players flanker Jack Twigden and scrum half Greg Illingworth, appearing for Saints against their club and school team mates, and many of the players having played together in representatives sides, the local rivalry will be intense.

   

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Josh Smith

16

Will Allard

2

Josh Peters

17

Rob Laird

3

Ben Campbell

18

Curtis Weaver

4

Darryl Dyer

19

Matt Dunn

5

Josh Walker

 

 

6

Andy Ince

7

Ollie Clough

20

Jake Foster

8

George Messum (v.capt)

21

 Aidan Heron

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

22

Will Affleck

10

Elliot Bale

23 

Lawrence Rayner 

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

12

Felix Streeton 

24

Alex Awenat

13

Steve Smith (capt)

 

 

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Dean Adamson

25

 Lloyd Rayer

 

 

 

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “Our performance last week against Shrewsbury was good but the game against Saints represents a huge step up in competition.  The Saints Academy beat Leicester Tigers Academy last week – the first game the Tigers have lost all season.  Saints are one of the RFU funded Academies and have a great record in producing players to go on to play Premiership and International rugby.  The Bedford lads are under no illusion that this will be a really tough game and will be a real test of how far they have developed this season.  Whilst Saints will be the favourites, the Bedford lads are looking forward to taking them on.

"We have a very tough run of games over the next six weeks, with two games against Saints Academy, two against Loughborough University, one against Leicester Tigers Academy and the long away trip to Westoe in the cup.  This run will really test the squad and will be great development for them.”

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Shrewsbury U19s 0 pts: Bedford Blues Academy U19s 59 pts:

Sunday 23rd January 2011

National Colts Knock Out Cup

 

With nine tries Bedford Blues were too strong for Shrewsbury; ahead by 33pts - 0 at half time they kept up the pace, to score a total of nine tries and seven conversions to beat Shrewsbury by 59pts - 0 and move into the 5th round.

 

The Blues opened the scoring after 5 minutes when a quick penalty was taken by scrum half Ali Price, the forwards won the ruck, and hooker Rob Laird crashed over under the posts; fly half Lawrence Rayner converted. 5 minutes later the Blues extended their lead, a short lineout was won, the back line made ground, and flanker Darryl Dyer was in support to score under the posts; Rayner converted.  Bedford began to take control of the game and with players continually in support began to offload the ball before contact to keep the play flowing.  From a set scum the ball was moved quickly; Dyer and No.8 Jake Foster kept the ball alive and fed full back Dean Adamson for a score converted by Rayner. The Blues scored again straight from the kick off; Adamson took a great line and beat 2 – 3 men on the outside with sheer pace; centre Steve Smith supported and fed a fine pass to put winger Alex Awenat in to score in the corner. The Blues ended the half with a quick penalty for Rayner to score under the posts, and convert, to end the half with Bedford 33pts – 0 ahead.

 

The Blues kept up the pace in the second half; a fine counter attack was taken on by Awenat, Adamson and Laird and winger Tom Chellew scored in the corner. Adamson used his pace to score his second try, which centre Felix Streeton converted. Streeton scored another, and converted, and Dyer made a good break to feed Chellew for his second, Lloyd Rayer converted, and Bedford were winners by 59pts – 0.

 

In the 5th Round Bedford will have an even longer away as trip they have been drawn away against Westoe RFC, in South Shields, near Newcastle, in a tie to be played on Sunday February 13th, KO 1.00 pm.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“We are pleased that the lads we able to convert some of the some of the intensity they have shown in training over the last two weeks into a good performance today.  Our support play was good and our fitness levels are getting back to the level we had before Christmas.  We have a very tough run of games over the next six weeks, with two games against Northampton Saints Academy, two against Loughborough University, one against Leicester Tigers Academy and the long away trip to Westoe in the cup.  This run will really test the squad and will be great development for them.”  

 

Bedford: 1.Josh Smith, 2.Rob Laird, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Ollie Clough, 8. Jake Foster; 9. Ali Price, 10. Lawrence Rayner; 11. Alex Awenat, 12. Steve Smith (capt), 13. Felix Streeton, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Dean Adamson: Subs; Will Allard, Josh Peters, Khrys Speed, Curtis Weaver, Will Affleck, Elliott Bale, Lloyd Rayer:

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Academy Cup Squad announced:

Shrewsbury U19s vs Bedford Academy U19s

Sunday 23rd January 2011

Kick Off 2.00 pm 

National Colts Knock Out Cup  

The Blues Academy Under 19s have named their squad to play away against Shrewsbury in Round 4 of the National Colts Knock Out Cup on Sunday 23rd January, Kick Off 2.00 pm.

 

Bedford are without winger Josh Bassett, playing for the Blues 1st XV against Swansea on Saturday, scrum half Will Kiddle, and centre De la Rey Veenendaal, both playing for the Midlands U18s, back row Aidan Heron, playing for Irish Exiles U18s, scrum half Ross Kevan, and back row forwards Andy Ince, Jake McCloud and Danny Breeze, all due to injury.

 

Fly half Elliott Bale, who was in the Blues squad for their B&I Cup games in Wales this week returns to the squad.  The side is captained by centre Steve Smith.

 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Josh Smith

16

Will Allard

2

Rob Laird (v.capt)

17

Josh Peters

3

Ben Campbell

18 

Khrys Speed

4

Matt Dunn

19

Curtis Weaver

5

Josh Walker

 

 

6

Darryl Dyer

7

Ollie Clough

8

Jake Foster

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

20

Will Affleck

10

Lawrence Rayner 

21 

Elliot Bale

 

 

 

 

11

Alex Awenat

22

Lloyd Rayer

12

Felix Streeton 

13

Steve Smith (capt)

 

 

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Dean Adamson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling Reserves: Jack Warrior, Charlie Moore.  

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “Cup games are always difficult.  It is a long away trip, Shrewsbury are a good side and at home they will confident of giving the Blues a tough game.  Training has gone well over the last two weeks and the lads have trained with real intensity.  With the Derby game two weeks ago being our only game in the last 9 weeks the challenge for the lads is to put that intensity back into our game and get back to the style of rugby we were playing before the bad weather.”  

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Academy players to train with Blues 1st XV

 

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has invited nine of the current Academy squad to train with the Blues 1st XV squad later this month. The players invited are: 

They will continue to train and play with the Academy, but these extra sessions with the 1st XV will help to accelerate their development.  This follows the development pathway started over recent seasons that has led to recent Academy players Will Chudley, Chris Locke, Duncan Taylor and Darryl Veenendaal graduating from the Academy to the Blues 1st XV Squad. 

Congratulations go to two of the players; Elliot Bale and Josh Bassett, who have been selected to be part of the Blues squad away in Wales this week for the B&I Cup games against Neath and Swansea. 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said ……  “The guys selected to train with the 1st XV have done well, and they will learn a lot from the experience.  There are a number of other players we are looking at over the next six weeks to see if they can also make the step up to train with the 1st XV.  Josh and Elliott have worked hard this season and deserve their chance, and I know will do well with the 1st XV in the B&I Cup.” 

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 76 pts: Derby U19s 0pts: 

Saturday 8th January 2011

 

Bedford, in their first game since late November, had a convincing win, scoring 12 tries to beat Derby by 76pts – 0.

 

Bedford took an early lead when straight from the kick off they won the ball, moved it quickly to the right for centre De la Rey Veenendaal to score; centre Steve Smith converted.  5 minutes later after 3 – 4 good phases full back Dean Adamson put in wing Alex Awenat for the Blues 2nd try.  After two early scores Bedford began to overcomplicate the play.  With the bulk of the possession they ran laterally too much and when caught out wide, lost the ball in contact too often to a Derby side who competed at the breakdown well. Towards the end of the half the Blues added two further tries; a quick penalty was taken on by flanker Darryl Dyer, the ruck was won and hooker Rob Laird went over; and from broken play Veenedaal weaved his way through the defence, centre Felix Stretton converted and the Blues were 24pts – 0 up at half time.

 

Veenendaal breaks through for his 1st try

Messum stretches away

 

The Blues began to exert more control from the beginning of the second half.  A tap penalty was taken in their own 22, for No 8 George Messum, and Dyer to feed Adamson, who with a handoff and a good turn of pace was able to score Stretton converted.  Five minutes later, from a Blues scrum on their own 22, Awenat came off the blind side wing to break through wide out on the left and fed Adamson for his 2nd try; Stretton converted. The Blues stretched their lead when from broken play, 2nd row Matt Dunn crashed over.  The Blues superior fitness began to show and they scored a further five tries in the last 15 minutes: Prop Will Allard put in Stretton for a try in the corner; Dyer won a turnover ball in the Blues 22 and Messum went the length of the pitch to score; winger Josh Bassett got two, and Smith one.  With Stretton converting three, the Blues ended up winners by 76pts – 0.   

 

Hooker Rob Laird, with prop

Ben Campbell in support

Dean Adamson breaks clear

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … 

 

“After such a long gap since playing, due to the weather, we are grateful to Derby, who agreed at short notice to visit Goldington Road.”

 

“After a 7 week gap we looked a bit "rusty" this week and have a lot of hard work to do over the next two weeks before our cup game away against Shrewsbury.  We will need to work on our contact skills and our game control.  It was good to see how the lads responded in the last 20 minutes; they played a much simpler, more direct game, and scored some good tries.”

 

Bedford: 1.Josh Smith, 2.Rob Laird, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Andy Ince, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Will Kiddle, 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith, 13. De la Rey Veenendaal, 14. Alex Awenat; 15. Dean Adamson: Subs; Khrys Speed, Josh Peters, Curtis Weaver, Will Allard, Jake McCloud, Ollie Clough, Alex Smit, Lawrence Rayner, Charlie Moore, Felix Streeton, Lloyd Rayer:

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Academy rearrange game

Worcester, the Academy's opponents this Satuday, have unfortunatley been unable to confirm that they can play the fixture, due to an outbreak of flu in their squad.

The Blues are delighted that Derby U19s have agreed, at short notice, to play the Blues.  The game will go ahead , as originally scheduled, at Goldington Road, KO 2.00 pm.

Derby, who have had a very successful season, have only lost 2 games this season, and will give the Blues a much needed tough game. 

With the Blues not having played a game since the end of November, the Academy have selected a large squad to give as many players as possible game time.

De la Ray Veenedaal starts at 13 in a back line that has real pace.  Bedford School players Ollie Clough and Curtis Weaver are available for the rest of the season, and ex-BMS flanker Jake McCloud plays his first game after a long injury.  Centre Felix Streeton, from Redbourne School, who had England trials at U16 last season, and scrum half Will Kiddle, from Wellingborough School, who has played for East Midlands and Midlands U18s, make their debut.  The Blues are captained by No.8 George Messum, in his last game before departing to play rugby in Canada for 4 months. 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “After such a long gap due to the weather we were desparate for a game this weekend.  We are really grateful to Derby, who have agreed at short notice to play the Blues."

"After a 7 week gap the squad looked a bit "rusty" this week but they have trained hard and are all looking forward to playing again."

 

 Team

Subs 

1

Josh Smith

Curtis Weaver

2

Rob Laird

Josh Peters/Khrys Speed

3

Ben Campbell

Will Allard

4

Matt Dunn

 

5

Josh Walker  

6

Darryl Dyer

Jake McCloud

7

Andy Ince

Ollie Clough

8

George Messum (capt)

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

Will Kiddle/Alex Smit

10

Elliot Bale

Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

Charlie Moore

12

Steve Smith

 

13

De la Rey Veenendaal

Felix Stretton

14

Alex Awenat

 

 

 

 

15

Dean Adamson

Lloyd Rayer

 

 

 

 

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James Hinkins returns to the Blues:

 

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that ex—Blues favourite James Hinkins, is returning to the Blues to join the Academy coaching team. 

 

James, who joined the Blues in 1995, played for the Blues Development XV (Under 23) and 2nd XV before making his Blues 1st XV debut in the 1997/98 season.  James had a short spell at Moseley in the 2002/03 season before rejoining the Blues and going on to play more than 130 games at wing and full back for the Blues 1st XV.  James left the Blues in 2008 and spent two years playing for Cambridge before retiring from playing early in 2010.

James, who is one of only four players who have been granted testimonial games by the Blues, donated the proceeds of his testimonial to the Brain and Spine Foundation, and to support his brother-in-law, who had a brain haemorrhage the previous year.  James is a PE teacher at Redborne School, and is an RFU Level 2 Coach.

 

James Hinkins in action for Blues

The second half of the season sees a reorganisation of the Academy Coaching team.  Mark Alderton will be taking a “back seat” for the next few months due to work commitments.  Dan Richmond takes over as Head Coach, and will be responsible for co-ordinating the work of the coaching team.   Steve Guest and Ian Vass make up the rest of the team. 

 

James Hinkins said … “It is great to be back at the Blues.  Bedford Rugby Club has always been my main club.  When Denis asked me to join the Academy coaching set up it did not take long to think it over and say “yes”.  I am looking forward to working with the Academy players and coaches.”

 

Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher said … “We are delighted that James will be rejoining the Blues.  He joined the club as a youngster and moved through the ranks to become a respected and popular member of the 1st XV squad.  It is great that he will be able to pass on his experience to today’s youngsters in the Academy, and maybe help to develop a “Hinks” of the future.”

 

“Mark Alderton has done a great job as Head Coach, but work commitments mean that he will have less time for coaching over the next few months.  The good news is that Mark will still be involved and will still take some coaching sessions from time to time.”     

 

“Dan Richmond will take over as Head Coach, and will co-ordinate the Academy coaching sessions.  With Dan, James, Steve Guest and Ian Vass I believe this gives the Blues one of the best Academy coaching set up in the country.” 

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Academy Game vs Cam Univ CANCELLED

The Blues Academy game away vs Cambridge Univ U21s has been cancelled - pitch frozen and minus 4C forecast overnight.

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Cambridge University U21s vs Bedford Academy U19s

Saturday 27th November 2010

Kick Off 12.00 pm

The Blues Academy Under 19s have named their squad to play away against Cambridge University Under 21s at Trinity College, Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9BN, on Saturday 27th November, Kick Off 12.00 noon.

 

With some of the Blues younger players not eligible to play at Under 21 level, and with a number of injuries the Blues have made a number of changes; half backs Ross Kevan and Elliott Bale, and back row forwards Andy Ince and Darryl Dyer, are injured and miss the game, and winger Josh Bassett is travelling reserve with the Blues 1st XV.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Josh Smith

16

Rob Laird

2

Josh Peters

 

 

3

Ben Campbell

 

 

4

Matt Dunn

17

Chris Day

5

Josh Walker

 

 

6

Aidan Heron

18

Jake Foster

7

Ryan Long

19

Danny Breeze

8

George Messum (capt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Ali Price

20

Will Affleck

10

Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Sven Meiland

21

Rob Ward

12

Steve Smith (v.capt)

 

 

13

James McMaster

 

 

14

Dean Adamson

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Lloyd Rayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrum half Ali Price comes in for his first start, with Will Affleck on the bench, and prop Rob Laird, and winger Sven Meiland return from injury.  19 year old trialist Ryan Long, appears at open side.  Long, ex-Wasps Academy, who has played for Wasps A team, has spent the summer playing for North Otago in New Zealand. The Blues are captained by No.8 George Messum. 

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “Although we beat Cambridge earlier in the season, we expect this game to be a very different game, and Cambridge to be a much better side.  Cambridge had only been together for a few days when we last played them.  This time they have been together for a couple of months and they are right at the peak of their preparations for the Varsity game in two weeks time. 

We were pleased with our performance last week against Kettering.  The ability of the pack to carry the ball to open up space for the backs, and the backs ability to finish, was great to see.  The challenge for the squad now is to play this style of rugby against the much tougher oppostion Cambridge University Under 21s will present." 

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Blues Academy – away in Cup:

 

The Blues Academy Under 19s have been drawn away in the next round of the National Colts Knock Out Cup.

 

The Blues, who beat Kettering 76pts – 3 in the last round, have been drawn away in the 4th Round against Shrewsbury, who beat Old Coventrians 29pts – 12 in the 3rd Round.  The game will be played on Sunday January 23rd, KO 2.00 pm.

 

If the Blues manage to beat Shrewsbury in the 4th Round they will have an even longer away trip in the 5th Round as the winners of the Shrewsbury vs Bedford tie have been drawn away against Westoe, near Newcastle, in a tie to be played on Sunday February 13th, KO 1.00 pm.

The full draw for the combined Midlands and North Divisions is shown below. Full results and the draw for all Divisions can be seen on the East Midlands RU WebSite here ... http://www.emru.co.uk/default.aspx?pg=1e42484d-b293-4ea7-8fab-cfe9458004d6

 

ROUND 4

Draw for the Midlands and North Divisions

 

Hinckley

v

Lichfield

                   Leighton Buzzard

v

Market Harborough

Moseley

v

Hereford

Shrewsbury

v

Bedford Blues

Huddersfield, Doncaster, Gosforth and Westoe have a bye in round 4.

ROUND 5

Draw for the Midlands and North Divisions

Gosforth

v

Doncaster

             Moseley or Hereford

v

Hinckley or Lichfield

Westoe

v

Shrewsbury or

Bedford Blues

Leighton Buzzard or

Market Harborough

v

Huddersfield

 

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Bedford Academy U19s 76pts: Kettering U19s 3pts:
National Colts Knock Out Cup

Saturday 20th November 2010

 

Bedford moved into the fourth round of the National Colts Cup with a convincing performance at Goldington Road, scoring 12 tries to win by 76pts – 3. 

 

Bedford took an early lead after 2 minutes when a good counterattack, started in their 22, ended with winger Dean Adamson scoring; fly half Lawrence Rayner converted.  The Blues next score was after 20 minutes when a quick penalty was taken by scrum half Ross Kevan, a series of quick rucks were won and Adamson nabbed his second.  Kettering hit back when fly half Joe Daniel hit a fine penalty kick.  It was not until the half hour mark that the Blues were to score again, and they did so in style scoring four tries in the last 5 minutes to kill off Kettering;  the Blues made good ground up the right with a fine run by prop Josh Smith, the ball was moved by the backs and hooker Josh Peters took a line from deep through the centre to score under the posts; next was a try from a set move from a scrum, No 8 George Messum made ground up the blind, Kevan supported, kicked for the corner and won the race for the touchdown; Kettering kicked off deep into the Blues 22, won the ball and attacked, Josh Smith took down the attacker and won a great turnover ball, Messum attacked from inside his 22, and went 70m to score a fine individual try; centre Steve Smith got the last try of the half when from a driven lineout on the left he went over in the corner; with Rayner converting two of the tries the Blues went into half time 36pts – 3 ahead.     

 

Prop Ben Campbell makes ground

Messum stretches away to score

 

Bedford kept the score going from the beginning of the 2nd half and scored a further 6 tries; Kevan from a pick and go near the Kettering line; Adamson from a clever kick from Kevan;  Adamson again after prop Ben Campbell had made good ground; centre James McMaster after defensive pressure from Steve Smith had won a turnover ball; Adamson for his 5th after a fine curving counter attack run from Alex Awenat; and finally winger Josh Bassett after probably the best pass of the game from prop Will Allard.  With two conversions from Rayner, and three from Steve Smith, Bedford ended as winners by 76pts – 3.

 

Scrum half Ross Kevan scores

Dean Adamson scores

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “We were delighted with the performance.  Kettering are a good side and they kept competing right to the end, but the tempo we achieved made it very hard for Kettering to defend.  I thought our front row today were excellent.  Smith, Peters and Campbell, made lots of ground and softened up the Kettering defence, and Allard’s pass for the last try was one most backs would have been proud of.  The ability of the pack to carry the ball to open up space for the backs, and the backs ability to finish, was great to see.  The challenge for the squad now is to play this style of rugby consistently every week. Cambridge University Under 21s next week will be a tough test, and we will need to be on top of our game.”

 

The Blues will find out their opponents in the next round when the draw is made on Tuesday November 23rd.

 

Bedford: 1.Josh Smith, 2. Josh Peters, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Andy Ince, 8. George Messum; 9. Ross Kevan, 10. Lawrence Rayner; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith (capt), 13. James McMaster, 14. Dean Adamson; 15. Lloyd Rayer: Subs; Khrys Speed, Will Allard, Jack Warrior, Aidan Heron, Alex Smit, Alex Awenat, Charlie Moore:

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Bedford Academy U19s vs Kettering Under 19s

National Colts Knock Out Cup

Saturday 20th November 2010

Kick Off 1.00 pm

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play Kettering, in the National Colts Knock Out Cup Competition, at Goldington Road, on Saturday 20th November, Kick Off 1.00pm.

 

With Elliott Bale still injured, Lawrence Rayner retains the fly half slot.  The Blues are strengthened by the return of 3 East Midlands players, who were involved in the Midlands trials last week - Dean Adamson, who scored four tries on his last outing for the Blues two weeks ago, starts on the wing, and hooker Khrys Speed, and 2nd row Jack Warrior, are on the bench.  The Blues, with four 17 year olds, and two 16 year olds on the bench, look to the future.  The Blues are captained by No.8 George Messum. 

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “We were pleased with our performance last week against Oxford University.  The Oxford attack was strong and direct and really stretched our defence.  We were under real pressure in the second half and I was delighted with how the boys fronted up to the University pressure and defended so well.  The Kettering Cup game will be a different test.  Cup rugby, with all its pressures, is a different type of game, and one which the players need to adjust to.  We did not adjust well in our last tie against Bedford Ath, and need to learn from that game." 


Admission is free - the bar is open - and the England vs Samoa game is on TV in the Scrum Bar after the game.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Josh Smith

 

 

2

Josh Peters

16

Khrys Speed

3

Ben Campbell

17

Will Allard

4

Matt Dunn

 

 

5

Josh Walker

18

Jack Warrior

6

Darryl Dyer

 

 

7

Andy Ince

 

 

8

George Messum (capt)

 19

Aidan Heron

 

 

 

 

9

Ross Kevan

20

Alex Smit

10

Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

 

 

12

Steve Smith (v.capt)

21

Alex Awenat

13

James McMaster

 

 

14

Dean Adamson

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Lloyd Rayer

22

Charlie Moore

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling Reserves: Charlie Frankham, Will Affleck

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Oxford University U21s 15pts: Bedford Blues Academy U19s 20 pts: 

Saturday 13th November 2010

 

In probably their best performance of the season the Blues Under 19 XV went up 14pts - 5 at half time and put up a superb 2nd half defensive display to beat the older Oxford University Under 21 XV by 20pts – 15 at Iffley Road.

Oxford University, only 3 weeks away from their Twickenham Varsity match, presented a tough challenge for the Blues.  Playing a direct style of rugby, Oxford took an early grip on the game and pressurised the Blues with some straight running, and a good off-loading game.  The University scored first, when after 15 minutes, strong running and two crisp offloads put in their centre for a try in the left hand corner. The Blues weathered the Oxford storm and began raise the tempo of the game to attack the University.  Great pressure from the Blues in the Oxford 22 led to a turnover ball, quick hands and an offload to centre James McMaster to score close to the posts; fly half Lawrence Rayner converted and the Blues took a narrow 7pts – 5 lead after 25 minutes.  Five minutes later the Blues extended their lead when again good defensive pressure allowed the Blues to steal an Oxford ball, the ball was moved quickly to the left and hooker Josh Peters went over half way out, Rayner converted and the Blues were 14pts - 5 ahead. 

 

The Blues scrum ….

… exerts pressure

 

Oxford, aware of their age advantage, started the second half with a change in tactics, and took on the Blues up front and began to run the ball close to the forwards, with some good ground being made by their big locks, before opening up with wider attacks.  The Bedford defence held and it was Bedford who scored first in the half when a good counter attack gained ground, Oxford infringed and Rayner kicked the penalty to put Bedford 17pts – 5 ahead after 15 minutes.  Oxford upped the pace and the game became a contest between the direct style of the University, and the defence of the Blues youngsters.  Oxford attacks were held and the Blues raised the tempo whenever possible using counterattacks to great effect.  Eventually the University pressure held and they scored wide out on the left to narrow the score to 17pts - 10 with 10 minutes to go.  More pressure from the University led to another try to make the score 17pts – 15 with 6 minutes of injury time to play.  From the kick off the Blues pinned Oxford in their own 22, and used their pack to hold them there.  Oxford infringed and Rayner kicked a penalty to put the Blues ahead by 20pts – 15 with the final kick of the game.

 

Blues supporters will be pleased to hear that Blues No.8 George Messum, who had 4 stitches inserted above his eye by the Oxford University doctor, and hooker Rob Laird, who had 6 stitches below his eye in the John Radcliffe Infirmary and was released from hospital on Saturday evening, are both OK - many thanks to the University Medical team for their great support.  Both injuries were accidents, and an indication of how physical the game was.

 

Scrum half Ross Kevan offloads …

… to hooker Josh Peters

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “We identified defence as a key area after conceding 24 points to Bedford University, and spent a lot of time on defence in training this week.  This game against Oxford University could not have come at a better time.  Oxford are a very good side, right in the middle of their Varsity game preparation, and they put us under a lot of pressure.  We did not create a lot of flowing rugby, but all credit to Oxford who stopped us playing.” 

 

“This was a very good game of rugby, between two good sides.  The Oxford attack was strong and direct and really stretched our defence.  We were under real pressure in the second half but I was delighted with how the boys fronted up to the University pressure and defended.  The defensive organisation, and above all passion, was great to see. The old cliché about ‘the defence wins games and the attack determines by how many’ was never truer than it was today – the Blues defence won the game !”

 

Bedford: 1.Josh Smith, 2. Rob Laird, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Andy Ince, 8. George Messum; 9. Ross Kevan, 10. Lawrence Rayner; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith (capt), 13. James McMaster, 14. Rob Ward; 15. Lloyd Rayer: Subs; Josh Peters, Will Allard, Jake Foster, Charlie Frankham, Aidan Heron, Will Affleck, Will Carrington, Alex Awenat:

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Oxford University U21s vs Bedford Academy U19s

Saturday 13th November 2010

Kick Off 2.30 pm

Blues Academy have named their squad to play Oxford University Under 21 XV away at Iffley Road on Saturday 13h November, Kick Off 2.30pm.

 

Ross Kevan returns at scrum half and with Elliott Bale carrying a minor injury received playing for Irish Exiles Under 19s last week, Lawrence Rayner gets his first start at fly half. 

 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Josh Smith

 

 

2

Rob Laird

16

Josh Peters

3

Ben Campbell

17

Will Allard

4

Matt Dunn

 

 

5

Josh Walker

 

 

6

Darryl Dyer

18

Jake Foster

7

Andy Ince

19

Charlie Frankham

8

George Messum (v.capt)

20

Aidan Heron

 

 

 

 

9

Ross Kevan

21

Will Affleck

10

Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

 

 

12

Steve Smith (capt)

22

Will Carrington

13

James McMaster

23

Alex Awenat

14

Rob Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Lloyd Rayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 49 pts:  Bedford University 24 pts:

Saturday 6th November 2010

 

With 9 tries and 2 conversions, Bedford Blues Academy Under 19s beat Bedford University by 49pts - 24 at Goldington Road.  The Blues, playing against older opposition for the 5th time this season, again worked hard, against older and bigger opponents, to create a good win.

 

The Blues opened the scoring after two minutes when from a University attack, the Blues counterattacked from their own 22.  Right winger Rob Ward made good ground and fed the ball to left winger Dean Adamson, who beat his man and cut inside to beat most of the University defence to score wide out in the right hand corner.  The University hit back with a good attack and scrum half Tom Mahendran, who had a good game all afternoon, scored a good try in support.  Adamson scored his second when, from a midfield scrum, the Blues won a strike against the head, centre Steve Smith put in a good miss pass to give Adamson space on the outside to beat his man and score in the corner.  Adamson made his hat-trick when the forwards drove the ball through two or three phases to suck in the defence before releasing the backs.  Quick hands from scrum half Will Affleck, Smith, and centre James McMaster put Adamson in again; Smith converted.  Adamson scored again when a good counter attack from the Blues, and some good interpassing from forwards and backs, put Adamson in the corner.  The Blues hit again straight from the kick off; hooker Rob Laird took the ball and fed 2nd row Matt Dunn, who beat his man and put Smith through a gap.  Smith made ground and gave a clean pass to McMaster to score in the corner.  The University got a late score when, straight from the kick off, a poor decision by Bedford gave an interception pass for the University to score under the posts to make the score 27pts – 12 to the Blues at half time.

  

Dyer offloads …

… to Speed…

… Rayer scores

 

The Blues stared the second half with another counter attack try, which started deep in their own half.  Centre Will Carrington and winger Sven Meilland linked and full back Lloyd Rayer finished with a try in the corner.  The Blues attacked again and after some good offloading Meilland went in for a try.  The University, although outpaced by the speed of the Bedford play, continued to compete and from a scrum in the Blues 22 Mahendran beat the blind side defence for a try in the corner.  The Blues were to score twice again before the end of the game; from broken play winger Josh Bassett scored and, from a quickly taken lineout in the Blues own half, Adamson and Meilland combined to put Bassett away for his second try; Carrington converted. The University had the last word however when, after a period of sustained pressure had sucked in the Blues defence in their own 22, a fine cross field kick put the University winger in for a try in the corner; the try was converted by University centre Lawrence Rayner, who has just joined the Blues Academy, and the game ended with Bedford winners by 49pts – 24.

 

Smith puts McMaster away …

… to score

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “It was good to see the squad beginning to take on board some of the focus areas from training over the last two months.  They have worked hard and it is beginning to show.  Contact skills have improved a lot, and our counter-attacking game is developing well.  It is also pleasing to see their off-loading game starting to come together.  You need good fitness levels to be able to play the high tempo game we are trying to develop and these are beginning to come.  Although we are pleased with the progress so far this season there are still areas we need to work on if these players are to reach their potential; defence needs to improve; fitness levels need to develop still further; and although we scored some very good tries, we still need to be more clinical in our finishing - there were a number of tries that we missed due to poor decision making.”

 

Bedford: 1.Josh Smith, 2. Rob Laird, 3. Will Allard, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Jake Foster, 7. Danny Breeze, 8. Aidan Heron; 9. Will Affleck, 10. Alex Awenat; 11. Dean Adamson, 12. Steve Smith (capt), 13. James McMaster, 14. Rob Ward; 15. Lloyd Rayer: Subs; Ben Campbell, Darryl Dyer, Khrys Speed, Ross Kevan, Will Carrington, Josh Bassett, Sven Meiland:

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Bedford Academy vs Bedford University

Saturday 6th November 2010

Kick Off 12.30 pm - Goldington Rd

 

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play Bedford University at Goldington Road on Saturday 6th November, Kick Off 12.30pm.

 

The Blues try a new pair of half backs; with Elliott Bale away playing for Irish Exiles Under 19s, Alex Awenat gets his first start at fly half; Will Affleck gets his first start at scrum half, with Ross Kevan, who scored a try for Crawshays invitation Welsh XV against Cambridge University on Wednesday, on the bench.  The side is captained by centre Steve Smith.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “We were pleased with our performance last week against the RAF Under 23 XV.  The RAF were a physical side and the younger Blues players matched, and eventually beat them, in the contact zone.  We are using the University game this week to look at some different combinations, and also to look at some of the Freshers who have arrived in Bedford to play for the University.”


Admission is free - the bar is open - and the England vs New Zealand game is on TV in the Scrum Bar after the game.

 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Will Allard

 

 

2

Rob Laird

16

Josh Peters

3

Josh Smith

17

Ben Campbell

4

Matt Dunn

 

 

5

Josh Walker

 

 

6

Jake Foster

18

Darryl Dyer

7

Danny Breeze

19

Khrys Speed

8

Aidan Heron

20

Sam Nickerson

 

 

 

 

9

Will Affleck

21

Ross Kevan

10

Alex Awenat

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Dean Adamson

22

Josh Bassett

12

Steve Smith (capt)

23

Will Carrington

13

James McMaster

 

 

14

Rob Ward

24

Sven Meiland

 

 

 

 

15

Lloyd Rayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bedford Blues Academy 38 pts:  RAF U23 XV 0 pts:

Sunday 31st October 2010 

The Blues Academy played some good rugby against a bigger and older RAF U23 XV to go 26pts – 0 ahead at half time.  Two tries early in the second half took the score to 38pts – 0 before heavy rain made handling difficult for both sides, with no further score. 

The game started at a furious pace with the older RAF squad trying to control the close contact phases, but the Blues settled and took control of the game.  The scoring was opened when, from broken play, flanker Andy Ince and centre Steve Smith showed quick thinking to move the ball, and Smith put fellow centre Duncan Taylor in the corner for a try; fly half Elliott Bale converted from the touchline.  The Blues front five began to pressurise the RAF in the tight and from a scrum penalty the Blues moved the ball quickly across the back line and winger Tom Chellew went in the right corner for a try.  The RAF began to increase their efforts, and the game became more physical, with the RAF pressing hard, but the Blues defence held and after a period of RAF pressure they worked their way clear.  From a good attacking kick the RAF fullback gathered the ball but was flattened by the Blues kick-chase, the ball was won and No.8 George Messum, and second row Josh Walker, put hooker Josh Peters in for a try in the corner; Bale converted. The Blues extended their lead just before half time when from a short lineout 2nd row Matt Dunn made good ground up the middle, the RAF were penalised and a quick tap penalty put Ince in for a try in the corner; Bale converted and the Blues were 26pts up at half time. 

The Blues started the 2nd half in the same style; a quick penalty in the middle of the pitch, some great handling by the Blues backs and right winger Chellew turned up wide out on the left wing to put left winger Josh Bassett away for a try.  The Blues now began to string together some good attacks, with some fine counter attacks from deep.  On one counter attack Peters broke out of his own 22, linked with flanker Darryl Dyer, who made good ground, before offloading for the ball to be moved by the back line and fed to Messum who broke through to score under the posts; Bale converted.  The weather began to deteriorate with heavy rain making handling difficult for both sides – at one stage the referee considered abandoning the game due to bad light !  The RAF continued to infringe at the breakdown and eventually the referee lost patience and two RAF players were sin binned.  With no further scores the Blues ended as winners by 38pts – 0. 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “This was good performance.  We put together some good phases of play.  The RAF were a physical side and the younger Blues players matched, and eventually beat them, in the contact zone.  It was great to see the Blues pushing the bigger RAF pack back in the set scrum.  We have worked a lot on our counter attacking in the last couple of weeks and this worked well today.  It was good to see Duncan Taylor back from injury, and the new guys who made their debuts today fitted in well."

 

Bedford: 1. Rob Laird, 2. Josh Peters, 3. Ben Campbell, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Andy Ince, 8. George Messum (capt); 9. Ross Kevan, 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith, 13. Duncan Taylor, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Lawrence Rayner: Subs; Will Allard, Jake Foster, Danny Breeze, Sam Nickerson, Will Affleck, Sven Meiland, Alex Awenat:

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Bedford Academy vs RAF U23 XV

Sunday 31st October 2010

Kick Off 2.00 pm - Goldington Rd.

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play the RAF Under 23 XV at Goldington Road on Sunday.  The Blues are all Under 19 or Under 18, with one exception, Duncan Taylor, who is 21, who returns for his first game for the Blues since his recent injury.  With a number of the Blues squad away on Sunday playing for Welsh Exiles vs Irish Exiles, Eastern Counties vs Hertfordshire and East Midlands vs Warwickshire, the Blues give first games to Bedford University student, full back Lawrence Rayner, and Akeley Wood schoolboy, centre Alex Awenat.  Rob Laird returns from injury at prop.  The side is captained by George Messum at No. 8.

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “This is a young side, and playing against the older RAF players will be a good test for them.  We expect a tough challenge from the RAF, and expect them to be well organised, having been in a training camp in Chicksands airbase since Thursday.  They have a new coaching team and have had a good start to the season; beating the London United Hospitals XV (29pts - 11) in September, and Hitchin 1st XV (77pts - 5) two weeks ago.  We played some very good rugby last week against Nottingham but we were disappointed with the 2nd half.  The challenge for this week is keep to our game plan, and to play good rugby for the whole 80 minutes.  Having Duncan in the side will be good for our younger players as he was in the Academy squad only 2 years ago.  He is a great role model for them to try to follow."

   

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Rob Laird

16

Will Allard

2

Josh Peters

 

 

3

Ben Campbell

 

 

4

Matt Dunn

 

 

5

Josh Walker

 

 

6

Darryl Dyer

17

Jake Foster

7

Andy Ince

18

Danny Breeze

8

George Messum (capt)

19

Sam Nickerson

 

 

 

 

9

Ross Kevan (v.capt)

20

Will Affleck

10

Elliot Bale

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

21

Sven Meiland

12

Steve Smith

22

Alex Awenat

13

Duncan Taylor

 

 

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Lawrence Rayner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 35 pts:  Nottingham U19s 5pts:

Saturday 23rd October 2010

 

The Blues U19s had a dream start going 14pts – 0 ahead in the first 5 minutes, and were up 28pts – 0 at half time.  Nottingham fought back well but the Blues edged a close 2nd half to win by 35pts – 5.

 

The Blues opened the scoring after two minutes when, from a good lineout ball, centre Steve Smith took the ball flat, stepped his opposite number and fed centre De La Rey Veenendaal to score under the posts.  Fly half Elliott Bale converted.  Straight from the kick off the Blues won a scrum on the half way line, and a good back row move set the backs up on the right hand side.  Full back Charlie Moore joined the line to put winger Tom Chellew in for a try in the corner.  Bale converted from the touch line.  The game at this stage was all Bedford with Nottingham being denied much useful possession, and the Blues defence coping well with the few attacks Nottingham developed.  Bedford extended their lead when, from a kick ahead, the Blues put pressure on Nottingham, won the turnover ball, and Smith won the race for the line to score under the posts; Bale converted.  The Blues scored again before half time.  From a scrum they broke and scrum half Ross Kevan fed Smith who went in for his second try under the posts.  Bale converted to put the Blues 28pts – 0 ahead at half time.

 

The second half was a very different game.  The Blues took the opportunity to bring on a number of their younger players and Nottingham began to get their defence better organised.  Some poor decision making by the Blues, opting to kick away too much ball, led to a period of stalemate, which was broken by Nottingham when Nathan Turner made a fine run to score in the right hand corner after 30 minutes.  The Blues hit straight back when from good ruck ball they moved the ball across the line and Lloyd Rayer put Chellew in the corner for his 2nd try.  Bale completed another faultless kicking display to convert from the right hand touchline, against a difficult wind, to give him 5 kicks out of 5 this week (to go with his 7/7 last week) and the Blues a 35pts – 5 win.    

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “We played some very good rugby in the 1st half but we were a bit disappointed with the 2nd half.  Some of our decision making let us down, but all credit to Nottingham who stopped us playing in the 2nd half.”

 

Bedford: 1. Josh Smith, 2. Josh Peters, 3. Will Allard, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Sam Nickerson, 8. George Messum; 9. Ross Kevan (capt), 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith, 13. De La Rey Veenendaal, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Charlie Moore: Subs; Ollie Clough, Curtis Weaver, Chris Day, Jack Warrior, Ali Price, Lloyd Rayer, James McMaster, Rob Ward:

 

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Bedford Academy U19s vs Nottingham U19s

Saturday 23rd October 2010

Kick Off 2.00 pm - Goldington Road

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Josh Smith

16

Curtis Weaver

2

Josh Peters

17

Ollie Clough

3

Will Allard

 

 

4

Matt Dunn

18

Jack Warrior

5

Josh Walker (v.capt)

 

 

6

Darryl Dyer

19

Chris Day

7

Sam Nickerson

20

Danny Breeze

8

George Messum

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Ross Kevan (capt)

21

Ali Price

10

Elliot Bale

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

22

Rob Ward

12

Steve Smith

21

James McMaster

13

De la Rey Veenendaal

 

 

14

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Charlie Moore

22

Lloyd Rayer

 

 

 

 

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Blues Academy in Home Cup draw.

Bedford Academy Under 19s will play Kettering in the third round next round of the National Colts Knock Out Cup.  Bedford, who are the current Cup holders, have won the cup three times in the last four years. Kettering, who had a bye in the first round, beat Scunthorpe by 41pts – 3 in their second round game at the weekend. 

Having beaten Ampthill 56pts – 5 in their first round tie, the Blues were given a fright by Bedford Athletic Under 19s in their second round game at the weekend.  The “Ath” went 8 pts – 0 ahead after 5 minutes, and with the score at 21pts – 20 to the Blues it was not until the final 10 minutes that the Blues stretched away with 4 converted tries to win by 49pts – 20.   

The Kettering game will be played on Saturday November 20th with Kick Off at 1.00 pm.  The England vs Samoa game from Twickenham will be live on the TV in the main bar at 2.30 pm.

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Bedford Athletic U19s 20 pts: Bedford Blues U19s 49 pts:

Saturday 16th October 2010

 

Bedford Athletic U19s gave the Bedford Blues Academy U19s a real fright, and a lesson in passion and commitment, in the National Colts Knock Out Cup, before the Blues stretched ahead in the last 10 minutes to eventually win by 49pts - 20pts.

 

The Ath took a early lead when from the kick off the Blues conceded a penalty and the Ath were 3 pts ahead in the first minute.  The Ath stretched their lead a few minutes later with a good try and were 8pts ahead after 6 minutes, with the Blues looking asleep.  The Blues got their first score when from a short lineout they made good ground up the middle, won a quick ruck and fly half Elliott Bale scored and converted to make the score 8pts - 7.  The Blues added further tries; from a quick penalty Bale and hooker Josh Peters combined to put winger Josh Basset in the corner; and from a turnover ball Peters again fed Bassett to score.  Bale converted both and the Blues were 21pts – 8 ahead.  The Ath fought back and after good pressure on the Blues line were awarded a penalty try to make the half time score 21pts – 15.  

 

The second half started with the Blues performance going from bad to worse with poor basic skills and decision making.  The Ath narrowed the gap with another good try to make the score 21pts–20 to the Blues with 15 minutes to go with the Ath looking the more committed side.  With 10 minutes to go the Blues got their act together and began to string together some phases and, with their superior fitness showing, scored 4 tries before full time: from a set scrum winger Bassett came off the blind side and took a pass off Bale; flanker Darryl Dyer made good ground to feed centre Steve Smith; good linking by the forwards and backs saw 2nd row Josh Walker score; and Dyer scored an individual try from inside his own half.  Bale capped a faultless kicking display by converting all the tries to end with 7 kicks from 7 attempts.  The Blues next game in the cup competition is due to be played by November 21st, and will be at home against the winners of the tie between Scunthorpe and Kettering.

 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “This was typical cup rugby with the Ath looking the more committed side and putting us under real pressure.  Credit goes to the Ath who were playing together for the first time this season.  The Blues players were taught a lesson on how to approach a cup tie.  If they use this experience to learn from they will be better players for it.  We have a tough home game next week against Nottingham Academy (2pm KO at Goldington Road), and we will need to improve our performance significantly.”

 

Bedford: 1. Matt Dunn, 2. Josh Peters, 3. Josh Smith 4. Jack Warrior, 5. Josh Walker (capt), 6. Chris Day, 7. Andy Ince, 8. Aidan Heron; 9 Will Affleck 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith, 13. Tom Chellew, 14. Dean Adamson; 15. Charlie Moore: Subs; Charlie Frankham, Sam Nickerson, Jake Foster, Darryl Dyer, Lloyd Rayer, Sven Meiland, Rob Ward:

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Moseley U19s 0pts: Bedford Blues U19s 27 pts:

Saturday 10th October 2010

 

Bedford Academy U19s beat Moseley U19 by 27pts - 0pts away at Moseley.  Bedford had all the play in the 1st half but were only able to score 2 tries to lead by 15pts – 0 at half time.  They scored 2 further tries in the 2nd half and ended as winners by 27pts – 0.

 

 

After squandering a number of scoring opportunities, Bedford opened their account after 10 minutes with a penalty from fly half Elliott Bale.  5 minutes later they extended their lead when, after a period of sustained pressure, they drove over from a 5m lineout, with hooker Josh Peters getting the touchdown, and Bale converting.  Bedford continued to dominate the game but poor discipline, and poor technique in the contact area, led to a stream of penalties against them, which let Moseley off the hook.  A good attack near the end of the half saw winger Josh Bassett score in the corner to make the half time score 15pts – 0.

 

Bedford opened the 2nd half with a very good team try.  A clearing kick from Moseley was fielded deep in the Blues half on the right touchline.  Bedford counterattacked and flanker Darryl Dyer, who had a fine game, made ground up the middle; a quick ruck was won and the ball moved left into the Moseley 22; another quick ruck, the ball was moved right, for flanker Andy Ince to score in the right corner.  Bedford extending their lead 5 minutes later when from a lineout in the Moseley 22 the ball was tapped down to 2nd row Chris Day who broke through the line and offloaded to Dyer, who scored under the posts.  Bale converted to put Bedford ahead by 27pts – 0 with 25 minutes to go.  A combination of good defence from Moseley and poor finishing from Bedford meant that there was no further score in the game.

 

  

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “We played some very good rugby at times but our lack of discipline, giving away some silly penalties, and our poor finishing, meant that we underperformed.  Moseley were fielding 2 Colts teams on the same day, 1 against Bedford and 1 in a North Midlands Colts League game.  This was a game in which we should have been more clinical.  This is a good squad of players, and they are capable of much more than they showed today.”   

 

Bedford: 1. Rob Laird (capt),, 2. Josh Peters, 3. Will Allard 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Andy Ince, 8. Aidan Heron; 9 Will Affleck 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith, 13. James McMaster, 14. Sven Meiland; 15. Rob Ward: Subs; Josh Smith, Ben Campbell, Chris Day, Jack Warrior, George Messum , Alex Smit, Dean Adamson, Charlie Moore:

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Moseley U19s vs Bedford Blues U19s

 

Saturday 9th October 2010

Kick Off 3.00 pm

Depart Goldington Road 11.00 am

 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Rob Laird (capt)

16

Josh Smith

2

Josh Peters

 

 

3

Will Allard

17

Ben Campbell

4

Matt Dunn

18

Chris Day

5

Josh Walker

19

Jack Warrior

6

Darryl Dyer

 

 

7

Andy Ince

 

 

8

Aidan Heron

20

George Messum

 

 

 

 

9

Will Affleck

21

Alex Smit

10

Elliot Bale

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

22

Dean Adamson

12

Steve Smith

 

 

13

James McMaster

 

 

14

Sven Meiland

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Rob Ward

23

Charlie Moore

 

 

 

 

Duty Rota:

Water Boy/Kicking Tee - Ross Kevan

Kit                            - Back Three

 

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Bedford Blues U19s 38pts: Cambridge University U21s 10pts:

Saturday 2nd October 2010  

Bedford Blues Academy U19s beat the Cambridge University U21 XV today by 38pts - 10pts in a very good game of rugby at Goldington Road.  The game was a real contrast: Cambridge – a few years older, and bigger, than the Blues, but their first game together this season; Bedford, younger, fitter and a bit better organised, having had four games together already this season.  Both sides combined to produce a fine game, with some excellent rugby being played by both teams. 

Bedford took an early lead with a fine try from winger Josh Bassett, after 8 – 9 phases of play.  Fly half Elliott Bale converted to put the Blues ahead by 7pts – 0.  The game continued with lots of Blues pressure, and fine Cambridge defence, until hooker Josh Peters intercepted a pass on the half way line to race home to score under the posts, Bale converting, to give Bedford a 14pts – 0 lead.  Cambridge fought back and scored a good try from scrum half Sam Hunt, converted by centre Seb Foster, to make the half time score 14pts – 5 to Bedford. 

Bedford had a good start to the 2nd half with a try from winger Rob Ward, before Basset got his second, converted by center Steve  Smith.  Cambridge fought back with a try from fly half George Bibby, before Bedford stretched ahead with a 2nd try from Ward, and one from scrum half Will Affleck on his debut, converted by Lloyd Rayer, to give Bedford a 38pts - 10 win. 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “This was a very good game of rugby.  The University had the edge in age and size, but the Bedford lads competed well, and put together some good phases of rugby.  We have lots to work on over the coming weeks, and need to improve our decision making, and our basic skills, but this was a very encouraging performance.  It is particularly pleasing to see that fly half Elliott Bale, and winger Josh Bassett, are with the 1st XV, as travelling reserves, for the league game away to Bristol tomorrow. Both have done well and will learn a lot from the experience.” 

Bedford: 1. Ben Campbell, 2. Josh Peters, 3. Rob Laird (capt), 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Aidan Heron, 7. Andy Ince, 8. John Hartwell; 9. Ross Kevan (v.capt), 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith, 13. James McMaster, 14. Sven Meiland; 15. Tom Chellew: Subs; Will Allard, Josh Smith, Jack Warrior, Darryl Dyer, Will Affleck, Lloyd Rayer, Will Carrington, Rob Ward:

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Bedford Blues U19s vs Cambridge University U21s

 

Saturday 2nd October 2010 - Kick Off 3.00 pm 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Ben Campbell

16

Will Allard

2

Josh Peters

 

 

3

Rob Laird (capt)

17

Josh Smith

4

Matt Dunn

18

Jack Warrior

5

Josh Walker

 

 

6

Aidan Heron

19

Darryl Dyer

7

Andy Ince

20

Jake Foster

8

John Hartwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Ross Kevan (v.capt)

21

Will Affleck

10

Elliot Bale

22

Lloyd Rayer

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

23

Rob Ward

12

James McMaster

24

Will Carrington

13

Steve Smith

 

 

14

Sven Meiland

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Tom Chellew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bedford Blues Development XV 38 pts: The RAF 5 pts:

Wednesday 29th September 2010

 

A couple of hundred dedicated Blues and RAF fans braved the rain to watch a massively entertaining game of rugby at Goldington Road on Wednesday night.  A saturated pitch and slippy ball made for plenty of handling errors, but there was also some fine attacking rugby on display from both teams, but ultimately it was the Blues Development team – which included Sam Walsh, Ian Vass, Sean Tomes, Handre Schmidt, Chris Locke and Will Chudley – that took the spoils.

The early advantage was very much with the Servicemen who enjoyed the majority of possession and territory in the opening 15 minutes, but they weren’t able to break down the stubborn Blues defence despite fine efforts from Wood, Parker and Warmsley.

Against the run of play, it was Bedford who opened the scoring with a well taken effort by winger Josh Bassett following excellent rucking by the forwards and a nice exchange of passes with Chudley and Elliot Bale who added the extras.  Three minutes later and it was 14-0 when the RAF were punished for an offside close to their line and Schmidt took the quick one to go over giving Bale an easy conversion.  The RAF hadn’t fully recovered from the quick onslaught and the Blues added a third try in the 30th minute. De Le Rey Veenendaal collected the ball on the left wing and breezed through the defence to score on the left wing, but it was just out of range for Bale. As the half neared its conclusion there was still time for two more tries with the first being a deserved one for the RAF. Having discovered their form of the opening 15 minutes they drove up the field with a series of rucks and mauls before number eight Tallet broke away to score an unconverted effort.  Two minutes later though, and the hard work was undone as the RAF were penalised at the scrum and the ball went out to Bassett who brushed off a half-hearted tackle before running under the posts with Bale converting to make it 26-5 at the break.

The second half started with the Blues once again defending their try line, but this time the RAF had the advantage of the Goldington Road slope behind them.  Once again though the resilience was there and for ten minutes Bedford repelled everything that the RAF could throw at them.  The Blues turned defence into attack and for the next ten minutes they set up camp in the RAF’s 22, but this time it was the visitors who defended superbly. Schmidt thought that a second was on the cards for him, but as he went over the line the ball popped out of his grip. In the 62nd minute the Blues broke in style with the backs showing their class following a big punt down field by the RAF. Bassett was at the heart of the attack, but a chip forward bounced away from the pacey winger and the visitors were truly let off the hook. The pressure finally came to fruition in the 65th minute when the Blues pack pulled together at a lineout and drove over from close range with Rob Laird touching down but the conversion pulled narrowly wide.

With the game wrapped up the Blues started to play some delightful running rugby and Bassett was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick as Bedford broke along the left. With the ball close to the line and the RAF obviously paying too much attention to Bassett, Chudley skipped over to score and Bale converted sublimely to make it 38-5 and that’s how it finished.

Scorers. Bedford: Tries; Bassett (2), Schmidt, Veenendaal, Chudley, Laird – Cons; Bale (4). RAF: Try; Tallet.

Bedford: Veenendaal, Schmidt, McMaster, Vass, Bassett, Bale, Chudley, Walsh, Locke, Laird, Tomes, Dunn, Dyer, Peters, Ince. Replacements: Allard, Campbell, Walker, Heron, Kevan, Rayer, Smith, Carrington.

RAF: Reid, Gutteridge, Warmsley, Parker, Hankinson, Wood, Gartland, Kibble, Curry, Evans, Parr, Craig, Watkins, Attwool, Tallet. Replacements: Craig, Winchester, Middleton, Carey, Clark.

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Ampthill U19s 5 pts: Bedford Blues U19s 56 pts:

National Colts Cup 

Saturday 18th September 2010 

 

Bedford had a good start and went into a 40pts - 0 lead at half time.  Ampthill fought back well in the 2nd half for the game to end with a 56pts – 5 win for Bedford.

Bedford try scorers were George Messum (2), Ross Kevan, Rob Laird, Josh Bassett, Steve Smith, Alex Smit and Darryl Dyer, and 1 penalty try, with 5 conversions and a penalty from Elliott Bale and 1 conversion from Steve Smith.

 

Bedford: 1. Will Allard, 2. Charlie Frankham, 3. Rob Laird, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Andy Ince, 8. George Messum; 9. Ross Kevan (capt), 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. James McMaster, 13. Steve Smith, 14. Sven Meilland; 15. Charlie Moore: Subs; Josh Peters, Chris Day, Aidan Heron, Jake Foster, Alex Smit, Lloyd Rayer, Will Carrington:

 

Bedford play their next round tie away against Bedford Athletic U19s who went through the 1st round when the tie was conceded by Long Buckby.

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Bedford Blues U19s away to Ampthill U19s

National Colts Cup 

Saturday 18th September 2010 

Kick Off 12.30 pm

 

 

Team

 

Substitutes

 

 

 

 

1

Rob Laird

 

 

2

Charlie Frankham

16

Josh Peters

3

Josh Smith

17

Will Allard

4

Matt Dunn

 

 

5

Josh Walker

18

Chris Day

6

Darryl Dyer

 

 

7

Andy Ince

 

 

8

George Messum

19

Aidan Heron

 

 

 

 

9

Ross Kevan

20

Alex Smit

10

Elliot Bale

21

Lloyd Rayer

 

 

 

 

11

Josh Bassett

 

 

12

James McMaster

22

Will Carrington

13

Steve Smith

 

 

14

Sven Meiland

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Charlie Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday 11th September 2010

Leicester Tigers Academy 27pts:  Bedford Academy 0pts:

Leicester Tigers Academy Under 19s scored four tries in a 27pts – 0 win over Bedford Blues Under 19s at Oval Park on Saturday.  Leicester, who led 8pts – 0 at half-time, extending their lead in the second half and denied the Blues a score.

Leicester started strongly but the Blues defence was strong and it was not until after a half hour that Leicester scored out wide from winger Corey Venus, to take the lead.  Centre Liam Holder added a penalty to give the Tigers a 8pts – 0 lead at half time.  Leicester upped the intensity after half time and, after only 3 minutes, and 5 phases of play, scored wide out on the right through full back Alex Lewington.  Leicester increased their lead through tries from hooker, and captain, Charlie Clare, and Holder, both converted by Venus, to give Leicester a 27pts – 0 win. 

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “This was a tough, but very useful, lesson for the Bedford squad.  Two tough games to start the season, against Loughborough University, and Leicester Tigers, have showed them the level of fitness, and physical intensity in the contact area, they need to aspire to.  They will not meet many better sides than Leicester during the season.”

Bedford: 1. Ben Campbell, 2. Charlie Frankham, 3. Josh Smith, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Darryl Dyer, 7. Andy Ince, 8. George Messum; 9. Ross Kevan (capt), 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith, 13. Will Carrington, 14. Dean Adamson; 15. Charlie Moore: Subs; Will Allard, Aidan Heron, Sam Nickerson, John Hartwell, Alex Smit, Lloyd Rayer, Sven Meiland, Jame McMaster, Rob Ward:

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Friday 3rd September 2010

Loughborough University Devel XV 21pts: Bedford Academy 16pts:

 

Bedford, conceding 1-2 years in age, and 1–2 stone in weight per man in the pack, took a half time lead of 16pts – 7 before the L’boro side overtook them to end as winners by 21pts - 16.

The University took an early lead, when after a number of foolish penalties, they kicked ahead to score and convert to take a 7pts – 0 lead after 5 minutes.  Bedford narrowed the gap to 7pts – 6 with two well hit penalties from fly half, Elliott Bale.  Bedford took the lead with a good try from winger Josh Basset, made by fine running and passing from the Bedford back line.  Bale converted, and added a penalty, to give Bedford a well deserved 16pts – 7 lead at half time. L’boro changed their tactics after half time and began to use their physical presence to drive the ball close to the Bedford line, and scored tow close range tries, through their pack, to edge the game by 21pts – 16.   

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …  “This was a good first game for the new Bedford squad.  L’boro were physically superior, but the Bedford performance in the 1st half was good. Fitness let us down in the 2nd half, but there is a lot of potential to build on.”

 

Bedford: 1. Rob Laird, 2. Charlie Frankham, 3. Dan Robson, 4. Matt Dunn, 5. Josh Walker, 6. Andy Ince, 7. Josh Peters, 8. George Messum; 9. Ross Kevan (capt), 10. Elliott Bale; 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Steve Smith, 13. Greg Kirkby, 14. Tom Chellew; 15. Dean Adamson: Subs; Mike Goldsworthy, Darryl Dyer, Sam Nickerson, John Hartwell, Pete White, Will Carrington, Rob Ward, Lloyd Rayer.

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