Bedford Blues Academy v London Scottish
After a tough game against Leinster last week, the Blues Academy continued their pre-season preparations with a 29pts – 21 win over London Scottish. With both sides having large squads the game was played over three 30 minute periods, to give both sets of coaches a chance to look at new players and new combinations.
Bedford had a great start when, after dominating possession from the kick off, they scored a try through hooker Ben Wilkinson after 4 minutes. Scottish got back in the game and there was no further score until the end of the period when Wilkinson got his second, after a counter attack from winger Eric Edwin and a close range drive from the forwards; fly half Cameron Gregory-Ring converted and the Blues were 12pts ahead at the break.
Scottish hit back straight from the kick off. Bedford sent the kick off straight to touch, Scottish won the scrum on the half way, and ran a back row move which saw the Scottish full back show real pace to score in the corner. The try was converted to take the score to 12pts – 7. Scottish took the lead when 5 minutes later they counter attacked from deep for England No. 8 Alex Brown to score, the try was converted and Scottish were 14pts – 12 ahead. Bedford hit back with two quick tries; from a set scrum winger Aaron Martin scored; and from a close range drive hooker Garth Spencer scored. Scottish had the final say when they moved the ball wide from a lineout for their full back to get his second score which was converted to make the score at the end of the period 22pts – 21 to Bedford.
Bedford had the better of a tight third period with a single try from prop Liam Appleton, after a break from flanker Harry Agnew. Winger Scott Lyle converted to make the final score 29pts – 21.
Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “This was a better performance than last week, with the side getting to know each other better. As expected with so many changes the game was a bit disjointed, but it gave us a great opportunity to look at some of our new players in a game situation, and identified what we need to work on in training. We play Esher U21s away next week, which will give us a tough challenge again.”
Bedford: Liam Appleton, Ben Wilkinson, Hayden King, Callum Strachan, Sam Copeland, Josh Fadden, Harry Agnew, Felix Maddison (capt); Lewis Dennett, Cameron Gregory-Ring; Eric Edwin, Michael Phillips, Stuart Livesey, Luke Hibberd; Toby White: Replacements: Garth Spencer, Owen Griffiths, Ben Ibrahim, Ben Thompson, Ollie Dancer, Alex Hales, Theo Cassell, Charlie Clarke, Dylan Leney, Marcin Zatorski, Michael Lavery, Chris Easton, Sam Palmer, Aaron Martin, Ben Meaden, Scott Lyle, Max Titchener, Jack Stapley:
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