Bedford Blues v Cornish PIrates

Saturday, 2 April, 2016 - 15:00
1st XV Championship
Won 54-46

Bedford Blues and Cornish Pirates could both have been wearing black and white hoops on Saturday afternoon as 3.035 fans inside Goldington Road were treated to a Barbarian-esq encounter with 15 tries being run in during a 54-46 win for the home side.

A hat-trick for Dean Adamson along with one apiece for Henry Taylor, Mike Le Bourgeois, Paul Tupai, George Perkins and Harry Wells did the damage while Jake Sharp converted six and Myles Dorrian one. 

To say that this game was an end-to-end affair would be a massive understatement and it took the Pirates just six minutes to open the scoring. Bedford conceded a scrum in their own 22 and as the Pirates took full advantage, they had men out wide and the ball was spun out to Tom Riley who dotted down in the corner.

Bedford still weren’t in full flow and they were made to suffer in the 12th minute despite the visitors overthrowing a lineout deep in the Blues 22. The Pirates gathered in the ball and charge towards the line with Tom Duncan crossing over and Will Cargill adding the extras to make it 0-12.

The Blues started to get more possession but couldn’t quite find a way through the Pirates defence. Bedford had the ball stripped in the ruck and then overthrew a five metre lineout but they finally got their reward when a knock on provided an attacking scrum. Despite good pressure from the visitors, Tupai broke from the back of the scrum and offloaded to Taylor who stepped beautifully to score and Sharp added the two points.

Four minutes later, Bedford took the lead thanks to some fantastic interplay which saw Tom Griffiths making good ground before he popped the ball to Le Bourgeois who had the gas in the tank to score and Sharp converted.

The Blues were in the ascendency and their cause was assisted when Matt Evans was carded. Taylor and Adamson had created two-on-one but as the ball headed to the winger, Evans slapped it down to ‘take on for the team’. It didn’t matter too much though as Bedford scored from the resulting penalty which went to touch and the lineout drive connected with Tupai crossing and Sharp converting to make it 21-12.

Cargill slotted a 30th minute penalty to reduce the deficit, but Adamson was over for this first of the game almost from the restart. Josh Buggea, collected the ball and then rounded two Pirates defenders before popping the ball to Griffiths who had plenty of space. The centre cut inside to take the final defender with him, and then popped the ball to Adamson who hurtled over the line but Sharp’s conversion hit the upright.

However, there was still time before the interval for two more tries and they went the way of the Pirates as first Evans, who just returned to the pitch, crashed over from close range and then Alex O’Meara benefited when Bedford lost possession in their own 22. Cargill converted both and the Pirates went in 26-29 at the break.

Bedford needed a bright start after the interval, but it was the Pirates who came out all guns blazing and they scored within 60 seconds of the restart when Joe Atkinson found room along the left to score an unconverted effort in the corner.

It took Bedford ten minutes to regroup, but when they did they were ruthless. Adamson scored his second of the game and it came following a peculiar patch of play when neither team could keep hold of the ball. Bedford kicked the ball backwards to Steffan Jones who thankfully managed to take it in before sending a perfectly weighted grubber over the try line for Adamson to pounce onto and Sharp converted.

Three minutes later and Bedford had their sixth of the afternoon when the Pirates knocked on horribly to hand the ball back to the Blues. Alex Lundberg collected and then set up a ruck which resulted in the ball coming to Perkins who found his way over the line with Sharp chipping over the conversion making it 40-34.

Bedford inched further ahead on the hour mark when Adamson secured his hat-trick. A Pirates mistake in the Blues 22 saw the ball being spilled and Sharp gathered it before setting off up the slope. The fly half hurtled forward before passing out wide and Adamson was on the end of the move to score with Sharp making it 47-34.

Perkins was on hand to perform a superb try-saving tackle a few minutes later when he bundled Kyle Moyle into touch and Bedford soon turned defence into attack as they made their way into the Pirates 22. Despite conceding a scrum, Bedford shoved the Pirates off the ball allowing Tupai to have a charge for the line. Although the Samoan was stopped short, Wells was on hand to pick and go for the score and Myles Dorrian added the extras.

Again though, there was still time for two more Pirates tries. Riley crossed for his second of the game in the 77th minute before Alex Cheesman found space along the right in stoppage time to dot down with Cargill converting once.

The Blues have two games left in the Greene King IPA Championship season with an away trip to Doncaster Knights before rounding off the campaign at home to Bristol.


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