Bedford Blues Academy U19 v RAF U23

Saturday, 20 September, 2014 - 14:30
Academy Academy
Won 45 - 10

In a tough game against the older RAF U23 side the Blues took a half time lead of 14pts – 10, playing up the slope, before scoring five second half tries to win by 45pts – 10.

The RAF opening the scoring with a penalty from the half way line after 15 minutes.  The Blues hit back when, after a good run by winger Charlie Reed, centre Stuart Livesey supported well to score under the posts;  flyhalf Chris Easton converted. Bedford scored again straight from the RAF kick off. Bedford drove the ball out of their own half with a series of pick and drives from the pack, with prop Lewis Brunger and hooker Ben Wilkinson prominent, before Easton broke out of his own half to score and convert to put Bedford 14pts – 3 ahead.  The Blues gifted the RAF a try at the end of the half with an overoptimistic offload, for a RAF converted try to make the half time score 14pts – 10 to Bedford.

Playing down the slope the Blues began to find their rhythm and scored after 10 minutes.  Flanker Joe Brock broke through the middle of a ruck and offloaded to open side Harry Agnew who made good ground and side stepped his way over for a try; Easton converted.  Bedford scored their next with a good break from the backs to feed winger Will Foster who showed great footwork to beat his man; Easton converted and the Blues were 28pts – 10 ahead after 15 minutes.  Good defence from prop Josh Waller and No. 8 Felix Maddison set up a counter attack from Brock, Agnew and Maddison to give Livesey his second try.  Bedford added two further tries to close the game;  Agnew broke away to score under the posts, with Easton converting, and Livesey got his hat trick to make the final score 45 pts – 10 to Bedford.
 

Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher said …“This is very early in their programme for the RAF and, as this was their first game this season, we were the better organised side.  They will be a tougher proposition when we play them again in early November before their Inter-Services Competition.  Nevertheless after a heavy defeat last week it was great to see us bounce back so well, against an older physical side.  We should have scored a few more tries in the first half having created the chances, but too often our execution, or decision making, let us down.  Our second half performance was much better.  We were pleased that our attacking shape is beginning to develop, and that we coped well with the older opposition in the contact areas.  Some of our tries showed real quality.”  

 

Bedford: Josh Waller, Ben Wilkinson, Lewis Brunger, Josh Fadden, Sam Copeland, Joe Brock (capt),  Harry Agnew, Felix Madison); Dylan Leney, Chris Easton; Jack Stapley, Cameron Gregory-Ring, Stuart Livesey, Charlie Reed; Ben Meaden: Replacements: Owen Griffiths, Hayden King, Roin Naseri, Alec Hales, Garth Spencer, Marcin Zatorski, Will Foster, Aaron Martin, James Aylott, Max Titchener:

 

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