Bedford Blues v Rotherham Titans

Saturday, 13 September, 2014 - 15:00
1st XV Championship
Lost 15-42

Bedford Blues had hoped to hit the ground running in front of the Goldington Road faithful but unfortunately Rotherham had decided to pick up where they left off last season.

The Blues tasted defeat against the Titans four times during the Championship and British & Irish Cup last term and sadly that record extended to 5 and 0 on Saturday.

The Yorkshire side ran in eight tries during the 15-42 rout and had it not been for a woeful kicking display from James McKinney – that score line could have been far worse for Bedford.

There were moments for the Blues with Darryl Veenendaal and James Pritchard both dotting down but in truth there is a lot of work for the Blues to do before they head off to London Scottish next weekend.

Goldington Road fell silent when Paul Tupai struggled to get to his feet following a full-bloodied attempted tackle in the opening minutes but thankfully the Samoan Bulldozer was back on his feet and ready for action following a squeeze from the magic sponge.

The game was just nine minutes old when Rotherham opened their account with a good effort from Jack Roberts who played very much in the style of former Roth man Juan Pablo Socino. The stocky centre danced around the Blues defence to score with no extras form McKinney.

Bedford stayed in touch with a well struck Steffan Jones penalty in the 13th minute but Roth nosed ahead once more when they pinched the Blues lineout and sent the ball out to Jamie Broadley to score. 

Bedford went on the attack and won a penalty from a five metre scrum. A lineout followed and Bedford went through the phases but they just did not have the clinical finishing which the visitors did and they showed it again in the 28th minute when Chris Harris exchanged passes with Curtis Wilson to score but again the conversion went begging.

From the restart Rotherham extended their lead when Lloyd Hayes scorched through the Bedford defensive line to work the ball into the Blues 22 before it went to Wilson to score the first of his three tries.

Bedford earned a slight reprise when Veenendaal crossed the whitewash under the posts five minutes before the interval with Pritchard converting and with the score at 10-20 at the interval the Blues weren’t out of it by any means.

Nine minutes after the break, Tom Cruse got his name on the score sheet when a driving maul carried the hooker over the line but again McKinney couldn’t convert. 

At 10-25 Bedford tried to get a foot back into the match but Rotherham defended well and kept the Blues defence at bay. Changes were made by both sides to freshen up the attack and it was Roth who scored next when Wilson latched onto a decent pass and out sprinted the covering defence to make it 10-30, Tom Barrett took over the kicking duties with the same outcome.

Wilson had to wait eight more minutes to round off his hat-trick as quick hands form the forwards found the winger in plenty of space for the unconverted try.

There was time for a consolation try when Pritchard spotted a rare gap in the Rotherham defence to score on the left but Jake Sharp couldn’t convert. However, the final try went to the Titans when Cruse – who seemingly knocked the ball on – gathered and crossed the line. Everyone looked at the ref, who looked at the Assistant referee but nothing was spotted and the try was awarded. A huge, and somewhat ironic, cheer went up for Tom Barrett as he converted to make it 15-42.

It’s going to be a tough and painful week ahead for the Blues as they go over that performance with a fine toothcomb but the lads will be looking to make amends when they travel to Richmond Athletic Ground for the encounter with London Scottish next week.



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