Bedford Blues v Moseley

Saturday, 11 April, 2015 - 15:00
1st XV Championship
Won 31-21

Bedford Blues gave their fans something to really cheer about on Saturday afternoon as they ran in five tries against Moseley in a result that secured the Blues stay in the Greene King IPA Championship. 

A double for Jake Sharp along with one apiece for Nick Fenton-Wells, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo and Pat Tapley helped the Blues to secure the bonus point win with James Pritchard converting three of the scores. 

It was tenth versus eleventh in the league as the Midland club arrived at Goldington Road looking to put some distance between themselves and bottom placed Plymouth Albion who had the daunting task of needing a win over Bristol. 

Bedford were playing up the slope and into a swirling wind that was causing all sorts of problems in the opening 40 minutes. Exeter bound fly half Will Hooley, who is dual-registered from Northampton Saints, was able to capitalise as Bedford gave away numerous penalties and he went about racking up the points as he converted three in the opening half an hour. 

Being 9-0 down at home after 30 minutes seemed to be the wake up call the Blues needed and came more and more into the game. Mike Le Bourgeois made a superb break into the visitor's half before being brought down. The forwards claimed the ball before it was sent to Luke Baldwin who found his old mate Sharp who in turn sod a sweet dummy and had the legs to outpace the final defender with Pritchard converting to make it 7-9. 

The half ended with Moseley on the attack and Josh Buggea being yellow carded as he killed the ball in the Blues 22. Hooley lined up the shot again but the seemingly simple effort sliced wide of the uprights as the wind took hold. 

Despite being a man down, the Blues started the second half in superb style and quickly added a try through the captain but Sharp was the architect once again. 

An early lineout saw the Blues put a lot of pressure on the visitors before Sharp played a smart grubber along the floor which he collected and then unselfishly offloaded to Fenton-Wells who dived over the line with Pritchard converting. 

Sadly, the numerical advantage quickly swung back in Moseley's favour and they ran in two tries in four minutes. Bedford went on the attack in Moseley's 22 from the restart and looked to have men over, but a fumble from Viliami Hakalo allowed Ben Nutley to gather in the ball and the Northampton Saint's man turned on the gas to score under the sticks with Hooley converting. 

Three minutes later and Moseley extended the lead to 14-21 as they stretched the Blues again. The ball was worked down the left wing to Will Owen who scored in the corner but Hooley couldn't convert despite his best efforts to use the swirling wind. 
Nerves could very well have gotten the best of Bedford but - back to a full compliment - they made changes and the replacements had the desired effect. Bedford won a penalty when Mose clung on to the ball and Sharp sent the ball to the corner. 

Although the lineout was overthrown, the Blues forwards regathered and then powered on before Parilli-Ocampo scooped the ball from the bottom of a ruck and dotted down with Pritchard converting. 

With Bedford inching ahead, they had the wind (quite literally) in their sails and Tapley got a deserved score in the 60th minute. Parilli-Ocampo had managed to win the Blues a scrum and from there they moved up the field with Tapley coming off his wing to take the ball and streak through the defence before brushing off the last man to score the unconverted try to make it 26-21. 

Moseley continued to try and run from all over the field - including a rather adventurous chip and chase from their own try line which didn't quite work - but Bedford were determined to prevent any more leakages at the back and held firm. 

The stubborn defence then led to a final try when the ball spilt out the back of a Moseley ruck with Sharp collecting and outpacing the defence before swan-diving in the corner to put the icing on the cake. 

The bonus point win means Bedford are in no danger of relegation, but Mike Rayer will be hoping for two more big performances against Doncaster and Nottingham to end the season on a high. 

COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

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