ACADEMY SHOOT DOWN RAF

With a 20pts – 3 win over the RAF U23 XV, away at RAF Halton, to add to their win over the Royal Navy U23 XV on Wednesday, and their loss to Wasps last Friday, the Blues Academy completed a tough three games in nine days.  The RAF are in the final stages of preparation for the Inter-Services competition which takes place this month.  Bedford made 8 changes (one of them positional) to the starting line that played the Navy on Wednesday.  The game was played in strong winds and driving rain, making the task versus an older and physical side even tougher.  The Blues took a lead at half time of 7pts – 0 before ending as winners by 20pts – 3.

Bedford were quick to start, trying to play open rugby, however they couldn't finish many of the opportunities.  The RAF applied plenty of pressure but the Blues defence was working well.  In the 38th minute scrum half Dylan Leney forced an error at the back of the scrum, fly half Harry Hutchins kicked through, chased and scored the game’s opening try; full back Liam Shields converted, to make the score 7pts – 0 at half time.

The second half saw a better performance from Bedford with sensible kicking and good chases.   Winger Ed Goodman finished off a blindside backrow move to take the score to 12pts – 0.  The Blues now started to control the game with the defence working well and creating a number of turnovers.  Fly half Ben Phillips extended the lead with a penalty to make the score 15pts – 0.  The RAF replied with a penalty of their own.  After a good attack, and a strong driving from the forwards, Olly Howard dived over from short range to complete the scoring and finish the game with Bedford ahead by 20pts – 3.

 

Bedford Head Coach Neil Harris said ....  "This was a tough physical game in testing conditions, coupled with the short turnaround from Wednesday night’s win over the Navy U23.  Our defence was superb today and we matched them physically.  We still created many opportunities which were not finished and we know this is an area to improve"

 

Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher said .… “Three games in nine days has been the result of a real squad effort, with every member of the squad playing a part.  It has been demanding physically, and there were some tired Bedford bodies at the end of the RAF game, but they should be proud of the results of the week.  To beat the Navy U23 XV and the RAF U23 XV in three days is a real achievement, one they will learn a lot from.  We now have a week to recover for our next game, another tough encounter .. this time  against Irish Exiles U19s, at home next Sunday.”

Bedford:  Leon Patel-Champion, Aubrey Grimes, Henry Peck, Charlie Harvey, Jacob Moody, Callum Strachan, Harry Agnew, Rahat Choudhury (capt); Dylan Leney, Ben Phillips; Ross Taylor, Harry Hutchins, Stuart Livesey, Ed Goodman; Liam Shields:  Replacements: Michael Bond, Ben Thompson, Oliver Pescott-Frost, Sam Copeland, Jacob North, Olly Howard, Tom Jennings, Max Titchener:

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Friday 24th November
1st XV Championship
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