Bedford Blues Academy U19 v Leinster U18
The Blues Academy started their season with a tough encounter with Leinster U18s. Leinster, who are preparing for the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship, played some excellent rugby and were deserved winners by 28pts - 0.
Playing down the slope Leinster opened the scoring after 15 minutes, when a poor kick out of defence from the Blues allowed Leinster to counter attack and their full back to score in the right hand corner. The conversion by the Leinster No 12 put them 7pts - 0 ahead. The lead was extended 5 minutes later when a 5m lineout was driven close to the Bedford line for the Leinster scrum half to go over; the conversion made it 14pts - 0. The final score of the half was a good wide move from Leinster for their left wing to score. The try was converted and Leinster took a 21pts - 0 lead at half time.
Bedford put together a better performance in the second half and limited Leinster to a single try; a converted try from a 5m lineout drive.
Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said .... "Leinster played some good rugby today and showed what a simple game rugby can be when it is played well. They did the simple things at pace and were clinical in how they finished. At times our contact skills were not good enough, and we allowed Leinster to turnover a number of balls and, on a number of occasions in attack our final pass did not find its man. We put together some good phases either side of half time, and improved in the second half. Although we did not gel together as a team, there were some good individual performances which we can build on.
We play London Scottish at home next week and they will give us another tough test. We were lucky to win against them in the last game of the season, and they will be looking for a win this time out."
Bedford: Josh Waller, Owen Griffiths, Hayden King, Alex Hales, Joe Brock, Ollie Walker, Harry Agnew, Oli Robinson; Chris Easton, Cameron Gregory-Ring; Eric Edwin, Michael Phillips (capt) Cameron Clarke, Luke Hibberd; Ben Meaden: Replacements: Liam Appleton, Ben Wilkinson, Joe Bourne, Sam Copeland, Steffan Wiggin, Felix Maddison, Marcin Zatorski, Michael Lavery, Scott Lyle, Charlie Reed, Max Titchener, Jack Stapley: