Cambridge U21 v Bedford Academy U19
After weeks of cancelled games the Blues Academy had their 2nd game in four days with an away game against Cambridge U21 XV. In a close first half both sides scored two tries to draw 10pts all at half time, before the superior fitness of the Blues showed with a high tempo second half and a 29pts - 15 win.
Bedford has a great start when, after an opening period of pressure, scrum half Ben Calder took a quick tap penalty and fed flanker Ryan Brett-Willams for the Blues' first try in the corner after 5 minutes. Cambridge hit back and worked a good overlap to score in the opposite corner 5 minutes later. The Blues worked their way back into the Cambridge half, and with the ball delivered off the top of a lineout on the left the Blues backs worked a gap for right winger Luke Hibberd to go over in the corner. Cambridge began to get back in the game and put the younger Blues pack under pressure up front and, with ex-Blues prop Will Allard using his bulk to good effect in the set scrum, scored a push over try from a well controlled 5m scrum. With no further score in the half the sides ended at 10 pts all at half time.
Bedford upped the tempo in the second half, and with their superior fitness telling began to play move the Cambrige defence around. A good Blues counter attack started by Brett-Williams and 2nd row Ben Patterson with centre Scott Lyle showing real pace, ended with a Lyle try and a conversion from fly half Dan Lewis to put the Blues ahead by 17pts - 10. Bedford gaining in confidence put Cambridge under extended pressure which was rewarded when prop Will Dyer put hooker TJ Harris in for a try in the corner; Lewis converted and the Blues were 24pts - 10 ahead. The try of the game was scored 10 minutes later when Lyle got his second following great work from Brett-Williams and flanker Dan Martin to create the space. Cambridge ended to game with a close range try to make the final score 29pts - 15 to the Blues.
Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said .... "This was a good performance by the Blues. Cambridge had a number of players in their squad who have played league rugby for Cambridge this season, and it was great to see a number of Bedford Academy "old boys" in the Cambridge line up. With eight U18s in our squad we were delighted with our performance against an older more experienced side. Cambridge had the upper hand in the set scrum to start, but by mid-way through the second half they were tiring and our much younger pack did well against them. The lineout functioned really well and quick "off the top" ball gave us some good attacking options. "
"The first half was a tough physical game, but our fitness allowed us to increase the tempo in the second half, and play some good rugby. For the second week running a number of the guys coming off the bench made a real impact and have given us some tough selection decisions to make."
"We now have a week to prepare for a game agaisnt an even older side, the RAF U23 XV, at Goldington Road on Saturday 15th KO 2.00 pm"
Bedford: Will Dyer, TJ Harris, Joe Foreman, Ben Patterson, Matt Norfolk-Clarke (capt), Kennet O’Neill, Ryan Brett-Williams, Joss Morgan; Ben Calder, Dan Lewis; Eric Edwin, Keano van Dieman, Scott Lyle, Luke Hibberd; George Elliott: Replacements: Tom Duggan, Ben Ibrahim, Zak Farrance, Alex Burman, Dan Martin, Kieran Duffin, Cameron Gregory-Ring: