Bedford Blues v British Army

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015 - 19:45
1st XV Mobbs
Won 47-24

A Goldington Road crowd of 1,184 were treated to a spectacular try-fest on Wednesday evening as Bedford Blues fought off an impressive Army side to win the Mobbs Memorial Match 47-24.

The Blues team featured a lot of unfamiliar faces with players from Saracens, Wasps, Cambridge, Hertford, Bishop Stortford and Loughborough University making their mark on the pitch alongside Bedford first team and Blues Academy members.

Mike Rayer’s men ran in seven tries with a brace for Ollie Dodge and Piers O’Connor, while Matt Howling, Titi Lamositele and Dean Adamson all ran in one apiece to ensure the home side took the win in a game that proved to be entertaining throughout.

It took seven minutes for the Blues to register their first score after the forwards worked hard to turn the ball over. Dodge - who was making his first appearance since the end of January - spotted a gap in the visitors defence and charged towards the line before offloading to Cambridge flanker Howling who dived over the line with Steffan Jones adding the extras for a 7-0 lead.

The Army responded five minutes later with a well struck James Dixon penalty to make it 7-3 after the home side were penalised at the scrum.

The visitors then nosed their way in front when scrum half Tom Chennell took a quick tap and go penalty before sniping through the Blues defence to dive over for the Army’s opening score with Dixon converting to make it 7-10.

Determined not to be behind for long, Bedford went straight on the attack quickly building momentum in the Army 22. Added pressure saw the opposition penalised for not releasing the tackled player and the Blues chose to kick to touch. The line out was taken in well and the forwards drove the maul across the line with Titi Lamositele grounding the ball Jones converting to put the home side back in front 14-10.

The Blues third try came in the 28th minute for Dodge following an attacking scrum. A break from the centre saw him cut a great line inside the Army defence for another converted score.

Injuries for both Bedford scrum half Peter White and Army flanker Luke Robinson left them unable to continue with Kieran Duffin coming on for the Blues and Chris Mundy replacing his Army colleague.

As the clock ticked down to half time, Bedford found time for one more try as a smart assist from Aaron Morris found winger Dean Adamson who was able to leap over the line giving the home side a 26-10 lead at the interval.

The Blues came firing out of the blocks in the second half and it took just four minutes for the to rack up their fifth try of the evening. A misjudged pass from the Army gave the home side a break and - after a bit of fumbling - Dodge was on hand to pick up the loose ball and race through the defence for his second of the night which was converted to make it 33-10.

It didn’t take for for the visitors to respond though when a scrum saw the forwards rumble over the line with Matty Dwyer touching down. Dixon added the extras with the scoreline now at 33-17.

In the 57th minute the Army were reduced to 14 men as lock Jones received a yellow card for entering the maul from the side and Bedford made sure they capitalised. The Blues worked the ball along the line before sending a long pass out wide to O’Connor to score in the left corner with Jones adding the extras yet again.

Back to full strength the visitors drove a maul forwards before a break from Peceli Nacamavuto saw him cut a lovely inside line to dot down between the sticks. A 100 per cent kicking record for Dixon saw the deficit reduced to 40-24 with just over ten minutes left on the clock.

But that was as close as the Army were going to get as Bedford rounded off the night with one final try when O’Connor was set free again and the Wasps man scored his second of the evening. Jim Wigglesworth took over the kicking duties from Steffan Jones and put a cherry on top of the performance with a well struck conversion to wrap things up 47-24.

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