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Bedford Blues Academy vs St. Joseph's College
Bedford Academy lost to a talented St. Joseph's College, Ipswich, side by 28pts - 12 at Goldington Road on Wednesday night.
St Joe's scored two early tries by members of the ever threatening back line, with Bedford's defence caught short twice and St Joe's punishing two man overlaps. Both tries were converted by fly half Dan Lewis (a member of the Blues Academy but playing for his school side in this game). Shell shocked Bedford managed to re-group and pushed into the St. Joe's half and scored an unconverted try through full back Freddie Henley-Hunter. St. Joe's had the final say of the half with another converted try, after some impressive work at the breakdown to turn over possession, to put St. Joe's ahead by 21pts 5 at half time.
The second half started more brightly for the Blues and they applied more consistent pressure. However, another unforced error led to a turnover and St Joe's extended the score by another converted try. Bedford had the last word and started putting some phases together leading to a well finished team try by centre Michael Coutts out wide. The try was converted by centre partner George Elliott. Bedford sustained a period of continued pressure at the end of the game but the St Joe's defence, which had been solid all game, held firm to prevent any more scores, to give St. Joseph's a well deserved win by 28pts - 12.
Bedford Head Coach James Hinkins said .... "'St Joe's were hungrier for the ball, were better organised and made less unforced errors. This is a valuable learning experience we must learn from before Saturday when we face a more physical Oxford University Under 21 XV.
Bedford: Tom Webb, Josh Pierterse, Joe Foreman, James Parsons, Callum Austen, Rees Bettell, Reece Lane, Dan Martin (capt); Charlie Reed, Henry Rawlings; Josh Spearing, Dylan van Dieman, Eric Edwin, Harry Chater, Freddie Henley-Hunter: Subs: Bradley Dunkerley, Jake Ashton, Connor Adams, Kieran Frost, Matt Norfolk-Clarke, Joss Morgan, Kennett O’Neill, Billy Burrell, Keano van Dieman, Michael Coutts, George Elliott, Luke Stanbridge: