Cambridge Univ LX Club v Bedford Blues Academy U19

Saturday, 17 October, 2015 - 14:00
Academy Academy
Won 24 - 29

Academy beat Cambridge University LX Club

The Blues Academy travelled to Cambridge for their second game against an older students side in a week, to face the Cambridge University LX Club (the University’s 2nd XV) at Grange Road, Cambridge.  After a tight first half the Blues were 14pts - 5 down, before playing some good rugby in the 2nd half of an entertaining game to beat the University by 29pts – 24 at Grange Road, Cambridge.

The Blues started the first half with a series of infringements which gave the students the chance to gain territory and kick two penalties to go 6pts ahead.  The Bedford pack were coping well against the older students side, but Bedford could not find a way through the students press defence which closed down many of the Blues attacks before they got going.  After 20 minutes the Blues counterattacked to give winger Ryan Hutler space on the right for a well worked try.  Cambridge hit back with a penalty, and a well worked try from a set scrum to go into half time 14pts – 5 ahead.

The Blues upped the pace in the second half and began to work out how to beat the students defence. A short range try from prop Jack Culverhouse, converted by full back Liam Shields, narrowed the gap to 14pts – 12.  Bedford took lead on the half hour when good approach work led to a 5m lineout and second row Cameron Lawes drove over to make the score 19pts – 14 to Bedford. Immediately from the kick off the Blues infringed and the University kicked a penalty to go to 19pts – 17.  The Blues hit straight back with some good rugby, and centre Jack Gibbs showed good footwork to score, Shields converted and Bedford were 26pts - 17 ahead.  Shields added a penalty to make the score 29pts - 17, before the students scored in injury time to make the final score 29pts – 24 to Bedford. 

Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said:
“We conceded too many penalties in the first half but improved our discipline as the game progressed.  Our second half performance was much better.  Although against an older side our forwards did well, and delivered plenty of good ball, and got stronger and stronger as the game went on.”
“We were really pleased with the whole squad performance.  All of the subs who came off the bench did well and made a real impact.  At one stage we had four 17 year olds in the pack, with most of the rest of the side, 18 years old.  These type of games against older sides really stretch young players, and they can learn a lot from them.”  


The Blues Academy are next at home next week, Saturday October 24th, when they take on Ealing Trailfinders Academy, at Goldington Road, KO 2pm.

Bedford: Charley Robinson (capt), Michael Bond, Jack Culverhouse, Sam Copeland, Jacob Moody, JonJo Fanning, Rahat Choudhury, Callum Strachan; Dylan Leney, Ben Phillips; Ross Taylor, Paul Aguele, Jack Gibbs, Ryan Hutler; Liam Shields:
Replacements: Oliver Pescott-Frost, Ben Thompson, Cameron Lawes, Kyron Houston, Tim Herbert, Jacob North, Olly Howard, Jose Fernandes, Max Titchener:

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road



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